This is a list of all past WOCAL conferences, most recent at the top. Also see the publications.

10th world congress of African Linguistics

Leiden, The Netherlands

  • Theme: African languages for sustainable societies and knowledge creation
  • Venue: Leiden University, Leiden
  • Keynotes: Dorothy Gordon, Anne-Marie Diagne, Ongaye Oda, Martha Qorro, Woinshet Girman
  • More information on the conference website

9th World Congress of African Linguistics

Rabat, Morocco
August 2528, 2018

  • Theme: African Languages in a Global World: From Description to State Policies
  • Venue: Mohammed V University in Rabat
  • Conference chair: Yamina EL Kirat
  • Keynotes: Arienne M. Dwyer, Mustapha Ahmed Ali, Abdallah Saaf, Matthias Brenzinger, Mohamed Elmedlaoui
  • More information on the conference website

8th World Congress of African Linguistics

Kyoto, Japan
August 21–24, 2015

  • Location: Kyoto University
  • Conference chair: Shigeki Kaji
  • Keynotes: Masayoshi Shibatani, Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Yédê Adama Sanogo, Nobutaka Kamei, Tucker Childs
  • More information and a brief retrospective here.

7th World Congress of African Linguistics

Buea, Cameroon
August 20–24, 2012

  • Theme: African languages for development, education and cultural heritage
  • Conference Chair: Pius Tamanji and Gratien Atindogbé
  • Keynotes: Jacques Fame Ndongo, Jean-Marie Hombert, Rebecca Grollemund, Beban Sammy Chumbow, Wolf Ekkerhard, Felix K. Ameka, Karsten Legère, Gratien Gualbert Atindogbe, Maurice Tadadjeu

More information and a brief retrospective here

Special 6th World Congress of African Linguistics

University of São Paulo, Brasil
August 11th – 15th 2008
Location: Universidade de São Paulo
Theme: Exploring the African Language Connection in Americas
Congress Chair: Margarida Maria Taddoni Petter

6th World Congress of African Linguistics

Cologne, Germany
August 17–21, 2009

  • Location: University of Cologne
  • Theme: African Linguistics for Understanding and Progress
  • Congress Chair: Matthias Brenzinger
  • Workshops: Special African Sign Languages workshop (Victoria Nyst, Shane Gilchrist, Rezenet Moges, Dany Adone); Nubian Workshop (Anne Storch, Al-Amin Abu-Manga); Tima research unit (Gerrit J. Dimmendaal)

5th World Congress of African Linguistics

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
August 7th – 11th 2006
Location: African Union Conference Center & Addis Ababa University
Theme: The Fate of African Languages in the World of Globalization
Congress Chair: BAYE Yimam
Keynotes: Al Mtenge, Bernd Heine, Felix Ameka, Ian Maddieson, Roslaie Finlayson.
Presentations: 90 (130)
Countries: 23 (14)  

4th World Congress of African Linguistics

New Brunswick , USA
June 17th – 22nd 2003
Location: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
Theme: The Description of African Languages in a Rapidly Changing Field
Congress Chair: Akinbiyi Akinlabi
Keynotes: Larry Hyman, Ben O. Elugbe, H. Ekkehard Wolff
Presentations: 160 (200)
Countries: 22
Proceedings: Akinbiyi Akinlabi and Oluseye Adesola (eds.) (42 papers, 575 pages): Rutgers University
Special: co-organized together with the 34th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 34)  

3rd World Congress of African Linguistics

Lomé, Togo
August 21st – 26th 2000
Location: Université du Bénin-Lomé, Togo
Theme: no Congress theme
Patron: Monsieur le Ministre de l’Education Nationale et de la Recherche
Congress Chair: Kézié Kyenzi Lébikaza
Keynotes: Bernd Heine, Hounkpati Capo, Karsten Legère, Ayo Bambose, Herman M. Batibo
Presentations: 90 (150)
Countries: 29 (17)
Proceedings: Kézié Kyenzi Lébikaza (ed.) (31 papers, 443 pages): Humboldt-Foundation

Symposium: Major African Languages organized by M. Brenzinger (Thyssen-Foundation)

2nd World Congress of African Linguistics

Leipzig, Germany
July 27th – August 3rd 1997
Location: University of Leipzig
Theme: African Languages in the 3rd Millennium
Patron: Prof. Dr. Kurt Biedenkopf, Prime Minister of the Free State of Saxony
Congress Chair: H. Ekkehard Wolff
Keynotes: Ayo Bambose, Mohamed H. Abdulaziz, Kay Williamson, Paul Newman
Presentations: 180 (250)
Countries: 39
Proceedings: H. Ekkehard Wolff and Orin Gensler (eds.) (46 papers, 791 pages): University of Leipzig

Symposium: Endangered Languages organized by M. Brenzinger (DFG)
Symposium proceedings: M. Brenzinger (ed.) (11 papers, 284 pages) (DFG)
Opening: Old City Hall 

1st World Congress of African Linguistics

Kwaluseni, Swaziland
July 18th – 22nd 1994
Location: University of Swaziland
Theme: African Linguistics at the Crossroads
Congress Chairs: Robert K. Herbert & E.C. Lwandle Kunene
Keynotes: Ben O. Elugbe, Bernd Heine, Thomas Hinnebusch, G. Hérault, Mubanga Kashoki, Sam Mchombo, David Odden, Irina Toporova, Anthony Traill
Presentations*: 150 (200)
Countries**: 34 (21)
Proceedings: Robert K. Herbert (ed.) (36 papers, 645 pages): Contributors themselves financed publication


Latest publication: Proceedings of the 7th World Congress of African Linguistics, Buea, 17-21 August 2012: Volume Two — available through African Books Collective, Google Books, and Amazon.

Earlier years