BantUGent - UGent Centre for Bantu Studies

BantUGent
Department(s) 
Department of Languages and Cultures
Other institution(s) 
Koninklijk Museum voor Midden-Afrika (Tervuren)
Université du Burundi (Burundi)
Université de Kinshasa (DR Congo)
Institut Supérieur Pédagogique de la Gombe (DR Congo)
Institut Supérieur Pédagogique de Kikwit (DR Congo)
Makerere University (Uganda)
University of Pretoria (South Africa)
Research Region 
Research Language 
Tags 
Material culture studies
Transdisciplinary studies
Art history
Historical anthropology
Economic anthropology
Language documentation and description
Language technology
Comparative linguistics
Historical linguistics
Corpus linguistics
Lexicography
Dialectology
Bantu linguistics

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Activities

LATEST NEWS

  • Together with the Royal Museum for Central Africa we are preparing to organise a workshop on "Reconstructing Proto-Bantu Grammar", which will take place from 19 till 23 November 2018, in Ghent with an excursion mid-week to Tervuren.
  • On 1 October 2018, Dr. Minah Nabirye started a BOF-funded post-doctoral project in Bantu corpus linguistics entitled "Duplication processes in Lusoga morphosyntax" (supervisor: Prof. Gilles-Maurice de Schryver).
  • On 1 October 2018, Dr. Hilde Gunnink started an FWO-funded post-doctoral project in Bantu-Khoisan contact linguistics entitled "Language contact between migrating Bantu speakers and resident Khoisan speakers in southern Africa" (supervisor: Prof. Koen Bostoen).

PAST NEWS

  • On 27 June 2018, Manoah-Joël Misago successfully defended his PhD thesis "Les verbes de mouvement et l’expression du lieu en Kirundi (bantou, JD62) : une étude linguistique basée sur un corpus". The research was supervised by Prof. Koen Bostoen and Prof. Maud Devos.
  • On 14 June 2018, Dr. Sara Pacchiarotti gave a talk on "Bantu applicative construction types involving Proto-Bantu *-ɪd: Form, functions and diachrony", in the 'Grote Vergaderzaal' (3rd floor, Blandijn). This event was co-organised with ΔiaLing.
  • On 14 May 2018, Sifra Van Acker started an ERC-funded PhD project in historical Bantu linguistics entitled "Reconstructing the Subsistence Strategies of the First Bantu Speakers South of the Central-African Rainforest: A Historical-Linguistic Approach to Plant and Animal Names in West-Coastal Bantu" under the co-supervision of Prof. Koen Bostoen and Dr. Sara Pacchiarotti as part of the BantuFirst project.
  • On 4 April 2018, Dr. Rozenn Guérois started a BOF-funded post-doctoral project in comparative Bantu linguistics entitled "A Typology of Passive Voice in Bantu" (supervisor: Prof. Koen Bostoen).
  • On 22 March 2018, Dr. Gastor Mapunda (University of Dar es Salaam) presented a talk entitled "A Comparative Study of Language Attitudes in the Context of Contact: Examples of Sukuma and Ngoni of Tanzania" in room C.01.27 of the Rozier-Plateau building (African Languages and Cultures Section). This lecture was part of an Internationalisation@Home activity organized by the UGent African Studies Program.
  • Applications were invited for a two-year PhD student position, starting as soon as possible and renewable once, to carry out historical-comparative linguistic research on West-Coastal Bantu languages within the ERC-funded BantuFirst project, led by Prof. Dr. Koen Bostoen ... DEADLINE March 15, 2018 12:00. See the call here.
  • On 9 March 2018, Hilde Gunnink successfully defended her PhD thesis "A Grammar of Fwe, a Bantu Language of Zambia and Namibia". The research was supervised by Prof. Michael Meeuwis and Prof. Koen Bostoen.
  • On 1 March 2018, Jutta De Nul started a BOF-funded PhD project on Swahili lexicography under the supervision of Prof. Gilles-Maurice de Schryver (who obtained the starting grant) and Prof. Koen Bostoen.
  • Early January 2018, our centre welcomed two new members who are involved in the ERC-CG BantuFirst project: Dirk Seidensticker, who does post-doctoral research in African Archaeology on the first village settlements south of the rainforest, and Sara Pacchiarotti, who does post-doctoral research in African Linguistics on the West-Coastal Bantu languages.
  • Bernard Clist, visiting professor at our centre and collaborator of our former KongoKing project, gave four public lectures on African archaeology at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris (France) in November-December 2017. More info is to be found here.
  • On 23 November 2017, Deo Kawalya successfully defended his PhD thesis "A Corpus-driven Study of the Expression of Modality in Luganda (Bantu, JE15)". The research was supervised by Prof. Koen Bostoen and Prof. Gilles-Maurice de Schryver.
  • Applications were invited for a one-year postdoctoral research position, starting in January 2018 and renewable twice with another year, to carry out historical-comparative linguistic research on West-Coastal Bantu languages within the ERC-funded BantuFirst project, led by Prof. Dr. Koen Bostoen ... DEADLINE Nov 27, 2017 12:00. See the call here.
  • Applications were invited for a one-year postdoctoral research position, starting in January 2018 and renewable twice with another year, to coordinate and carry out archaeological research within the ERC-funded BantuFirst project, led by Prof. Dr. Koen Bostoen ... DEADLINE Oct 31, 2017 12:00. See the call here.
  • 2017-06-21, 10:30-11:30 / Prof. Carina Schlebusch (University of Uppsala) presented a talk on "The Bantu Expansions: A Genetic Perspective". [Ghent University, Faculty of Arts, Blandijnberg 2, room 110.037].
  • 2017-04-27, 16:00-18:00 / Monsieur Igor Matonda Sakala a présenté et défendu publiquement une dissertation originale intitulée Le bassin de l'Inkisi à l'époque du royaume Kongo : Confrontation des données historiques, archéologiques et linguistiques [Université libre de Bruxelles, Campus du Solbosch, Avenue Jeanne 44, bâtiment S, Salle Henri Janne (15e étage)] More info.
  • 2017-03-31, 09:00-18:00 / SOAS-BantUGent Workshop on Parametric approaches to morphosyntactic variation in Bantu [Ghent University, Faculty of Arts, Blandijnberg 2, Council Room] Programme
About

A transdisciplinary approach to the past and present of Bantu languages, Bantu speech communities and their material worlds. The research starts from the data-driven study of language and/or material culture and is combined — whenever and wherever possible or needed — with methods and theoretical insights from (historical) linguistics, archaeology, (historical) anthropology, art history, (ethno)history, ethnobotany, ethnozoology, genetics, etc.

This research group aims to continue and to broaden the work undertaken within the ERC-funded KongoKing (2010-2016) and BantuFirst (2018-2022) projects, the BELSPO-funded CongoConnect (2015-2019) project, as well as associated projects within the field of Bantu Studies, and formalises the de facto research culture of about two dozen researchers who work together towards similar goals.

BantUGent  UGent Centrum voor Bantoestudies

Een transdisciplinaire benadering van het verleden en heden van Bantoetalen, Bantoetaalgemeenschappen en hun materiële omgeving. Het onderzoek start vanuit een datagedreven studie van taal en/of materiële cultuur en wordt gecombineerd — wanneer en waar mogelijk of nodig — met methoden en theoretische inzichten uit de (historische) taalkunde, archeologie, (historische) antropologie, kunstgeschiedenis, (etno)geschiedenis, etnobotanie, etnozoölogie, genetica, etc.

Deze onderzoeksgroep wil verder bouwen op het onderzoek uitgevoerd binnen de ERC-gefinancierde KongoKing (2010-2016) en BantuFirst (2018-2022) projecten, het BELSPO-gefinancierde CongoConnect (2015-2019) project, alsook diverse andere verwante projecten binnen de Bantoestudies, en formaliseert de de facto onderzoekscultuur van zo’n twee dozijn onderzoekers die samenwerken rond gelijkaardige thema’s.

 

BantUGent – Centre d’études bantoues de l’UGent, Département de langues et cultures, Université de Gand, Belgique

Une approche transdisciplinaire du passé et du présent des langues bantoues, des communautés bantouphones et de leur cadre matériel. La recherche part des données issues de la langue et/ou de la culture matérielle, tout en intégrant — quand et où c’est possible ou nécessaire — des méthodes et des considérations théoriques issues de la linguistique (historique), de l’archéologie, de l’anthropologue (historique), de l’histoire de l’art, de l’(ethno)histoire, de l’ethnobotanique, de l’ethnozoologie, de la génétique, etc.

Ce groupe de recherche a pour objectif de poursuivre et d’approfondir le travail déjà accompli dans le cadre des projets KongoKing (2010-2016) et BantuFirst (2018-2022), financés par l’ERC, du projet CongoConnect (2015-2019) financé par le BELSPO, et des projets associés au sein du domaine des études bantoues, et formalise en réalité la culture de recherche d’environ deux douzaines de chercheurs qui travaillent en synergie pour atteindre des objectifs communs.

Researchers

Members

External(s)

Julien Mbwangi Mbwangi

Institut Supérieur Pédagogique de la Gombe (DR Congo)

Ferdinand Mberamihigo

Université du Burundi

Jean-Pierre Donzo Yugia

Institut Supérieur Pédagogique de la Gombe

Birgit Ricquier

Royal Museum for Central Africa - Tervuren
Publications
Projects

Multiresearcher project

PhD research