Third Edition of the Workshop on « Untranslatable Heritage » - Gaborone 14-16 March [fr]
The third edition of the workshop on Untranslatable Heritage was hosted in Gaborone, at the University of Botswana from the 14th to the 16th of March 2013, in the framework of a series initiated in 2011 by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the CNRS and the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN).
This third edition was co-organised by the Service of Cooperation and Cultural action of the Embassy and the Department of African languages and literature of the University of Botswana.
It benefited from key financial support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), as well as the logistical support of the Alliance Française de Gaborone.
The workshop, of which this year’s topic was “Challenges of transmission and preservation of cultural and linguistic heritage” gathered researchers from Botswana, the host country, as well as from various African countries from Southern, Eastern and Western Africa such as: Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.
Linguists, historians, sociologists, anthropologists and heritage specialists analysed, in line with the Paris (March 2011) and Dakar (June 2012) workshops, the challenges of transmission and preservation of cultural and linguistic heritage, mainly African, and attempted to find out some solutions to the threats posed to it, often due to a lack of appropriation by the people.