3rd Workshop on Untranslatable Heritage – 14th to 16th March 2013

The Embassy of France to Botswana, Special Representation to SADC, and the University of Botswana (Department of African Languages and Literature) in partnership with the Government of Botswana, the Alliance Française de Gaborone, the African Academy of Language (ACALAN) and the French Institute of Research in South Africa (IFAS) will host a three-day Workshop on “Preservation and Transmission of Linguistic Heritage””, from Thursday 14 (08:30 am) to Saturday 16 March 2013 (1 pm), at the University of Botswana, Block 247, Lecture Theater 1.

Programme:

Thursday 14th March 2013        

09:00 – 09:10     Opening Remarks: Prof. Kgomotso MOAHI (Dean, Faculty of Humanities University of Botswana)

09:10 – 09:30     A Word of Welcome: Hon. Prof. Lydia NYATI-SALESHANDO (Acting Vice Chancellor University of Botswana)

09:30 – 09:40     Key Note and Opening Speech: H.E. Mrs. Anne de LA BLACHE (Ambassador of France to Botswana, Special Representative to SADC)

09:55 – 10:00     A Word from UNESCO: Mr. Rahim KAHN (President of the Botswana National Commission to UNESCO)

10:00 – 10:10     Vote of thanks: Prof. Sozinho F. MATSINHE (Executive Secretary, ACALAN)

10:30 – 11:00     Highlight on the Workshop Theme: Mrs. Danièle WOZNY (French Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

11:00 – 13:00 Theme 1: Linguistic Heritage

Chair: Dr. Rrenyanne DIKOLE

11:00 – 11:30     Patrimony as a way of safeguarding our linguistic and cultural heritage: The case of Wolof and Bédik:   Adjaratou SALL

11:30 – 12:00     Preserving the heritage of Botswana through Gaborone streets and place names, and the impact of GPS:        Stephen T. LUKUSA

12:00 – 12:30     Language as mirror of culture: Deducing heritage terms from word categorization systems: Herman M. BATIBO

12:30 – 13:00     General Discussion

14:30 – 17:15     Theme 2: Cultural Heritage

Chair: Dr. Adjaratou SALL

14:30 – 15:00     Cultural significance of boys’ initiation songs among the Yao: Julius TAJI

15:00 – 15:30     Cultural plurilingual organizations in sub-Saharan Africa: Some perspectives for an ideal African society in the 21st Century: Julia Ndibnu Messina ETHE

15:30 – 16:00     The Setswana Kgotla: Rituals Space, Governance and Power: Benjamin L. JANIE & Norman GADILATOLWE

16:15 – 16:45     Children’s Diseases and Traditional Remedies: The Case of Phogwana Ailment Among Batswana people of Botswana: Dinah ITUMELENG & Pearl SELOMA

16:45 – 17:15     General discussion

 

Friday 15th March 2013

09:00 – 10:45     Theme 3: Natural Heritage

Chair: Mr. Antoine COURROY

09:00 – 09:30     The preservation of Lentswe la Baratani: The Hill of Lovers inBotswana: Rosaleen O. B. NHLEKISANA & Euphrase KEZILAHABI

09:30 – 10:00     Strategies for naming tourist sites in Botswana: Ethelbert E. KARI & Budzani G. MOGARA

10:00 – 10:30     General Discussion

10:45 – 12:30     Theme 4: Translation and Teaching

Chair: Prof. Herman BATIBO

10:45 – 11:15     Questioning translation:  Antoine COURROY

11:15 – 11:45     Managing Multilingualism in Higher Education: Leon DE STADLER

11:45 – 12:30     General discussion

14:30 – 17:15     Theme 5: Intangible Heritage

Chair: Mrs. Julia Ndibnu Messina ETHE

14:30 – 15:00     The transmission of traditional poetry skills in Botswana:  Rranyane S. DIKOLE Euphrase KEZILAHABI

15:00 – 15:30     Woman as “other” in “New” Proverbs among the Malawi Youth:  Lucy Asante MTENJE

15:30 – 16:00     Heritage, language and society: A new look at the ‘untranslatable heritage’debate: Fary Silate KA

16:15 – 16:45     The sacred forests of the Mbé royal site: The link between tangible and intangible heritage: Samuel KIDIBA

16:45 – 17:15     General discussion

 

Saturday 16th March 2013

09:00 – 10:15     Workshop synthesis

Chair: Prof. Cynthia Kros

09:00 – 09:30     Rapporteurs’ Report

09:30 – 10:00     Discussion of Achievements and Challenges. Plenary

10:00 – 10:10     Way Forward: Mrs. Danièle WOZNY

French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

10:10 – 10:15     Final remarks