Call for Papers: English Academy of Southern Africa 2020 International Conference “‘Africa Hurrah’: Into Africa, Out of Africa, English in the World Interrogated”

Conference Dates: 15 – 18 September 2020

City: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Deadline for abstract submission: 30 March 2020

The conference invites established and emerging researchers, teachers, librarians, archivists, publishers and policy makers to engage in deliberations on the following themes and issues:

• Recent Trends in Southern African Literature

• African Diasporic Literatures

• Englishes Across Continents

• Indian Ocean Cross Currents

• Indian Diasporic Writing



Fostering English as a Vital Resource

On behalf of the members of the English Academy of Southern Africa, I would like to welcome you to our website and hope that you will be impressed by the range of activities we engage in, guided by the mission and vision articulated above. The Academy is involved, at grass roots level, with members of the teaching profession, as well as hosting a triennial conference that draws participants from neighbouring countries’ tertiary institutions as well an international pool of scholars.
The next Conference will take place in Durban, 15 – 18 September 2020. As you browse through the various sections in this site, you will discover the public lectures organised by the Academy as well as the prizes awarded to promote and reward writers. I hope you will be sufficiently enthused to join the Academy and contribute to the realisation of our goals.

Mbongeni Malaba, President

2019 EASA President’s Report

The Academy has had an eventful year, among the notable events were the ceremonies held to honour two winners of The Academy’s highest award, the Gold Medal. On 14 March, Prof. Chris Zithulele Mann received his medal, in honour of his life-time service to English studies, at a wonderful gathering at the National English Literary Museum’s beautiful premises, in Grahamstown. Chris and his wife, Julia Skeen, a gifted artist, provided a video presentation featuring their work, Lifelines and a display of some of Chris’ numerous publications.
The ceremony was combined with the award of the Gwen Knowles-Williams Bursary to Mr Bruce Bushula, a postgraduate student at the Institute for the Study of Englishes in Africa at Rhodes University. He is conducting doctoral research on promoting reading in rural and township schools. He was handed his certificate by a long standing and dedicated member of EASA, Prof. Laurence Wright, who had taught him when Prof. Wright was the Director of the Centre…