ALD aims to engage a diverse range of scholars and African heritage communities in serious discussion about the contributions of African languages to the disciplines.
Indigenous African languages are vital to comprehending how Africans understand, organize, and transmit essential knowledge to successive generations, both through oral and written traditions and through aesthetic practices. African languages play a critical role in research as they serve as road maps for identifying how African social, political, and economic institutions change over time. The ALD conference provides a platform for diverse scholarly discussions about the contributions of African languages across a variety of disciplines.
ALD conferences are hosted by the language program every Spring and are co-sponsored by the Department of African and African American Studies and the Harvard Committee on African Studies.