Past Conferences

14th Conference
Sorbonne Nouvelle University, INALCO, Paris Nanterre University, CNRS (France)

July 05-08, 2023

Theme: Humans and non-humans in African verbal arts: Narrativity and environmental poetics at the dawn of the climate crisis

Keynote speakers: Michèle Cros (Université Lyon 2 – LADEC, France) et James Wachira (University of Nairobi, Kenya)

Conference proceedings:Not available at the moment / Call for papers open until Nov 15 2023 (on for publication in a special issue of Tydskrif vir Letterkunde: a journal for African Literature

13th  Conference
Moi University, Nairobi (Kenya)

Kenya National Theatre
July 8-10, 2021

Theme: Transitions, Transformations, and Translocations in African Oral Traditions and (Re)imagined Boundaries

Keynote speakers: Professor Tom Mboya (Moi University, Kenya) and Professor Domitien Nizigiyimana (University of Burundi).

Conference proceedings: Please contact Dr. Rose Opondo (

12th  Conference
University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State (Nigeria)

Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan
July 10-12, 2018

Theme: Oral Literatures and Festivals in Africa and the African Diaspora: Tradition and Globalization

Keynote speakers: Professor Ebiegberia Joe Alagoa (University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria) and Professor Tal Tamari  (CNRS)

Conference proceedings: Please contact Prof. Ademoya Dasylva (

11th Conference
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida (USA)

Pugh Hall, University of Florida
May 25-28, 2016

Theme: Memory and Remembrance in Africa and the Diaspora

Keynote speakers: Professor Toyin Falola (University of Texas, Austin) & Professor Sandra Bornand (CNRS)

Conference proceedingsAfrika Fokus, vol. 32, no. 1, 2019.

10th Conference
Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny
June 11-15, 2014

Theme: Oral Literature and Education

Keynote speakers:  Esi Sutherland-Addy (Institute for African Studies, Ghana) and Anne-Marie Dauphin-Tinturier (independent researcher).

Conference proceedingsNordic Journal of African Studies, vol. 25, no. 3&4, Special Issue 2016.