I gave a talk on language revitalisation in Africa at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.
I gave a testimonial about the life and research of a Humboldtian as part of the virtual opening ceremony of the Annual Meeting of the Humboldt Foundation. I was one of two Humboldt Fellows of the Foundation chosen to speak during the Humboldtianer berichten ['Humboldtians report'] part of the programme, which also included welcome addresses by the Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Professor Pape. Watch the entire opening ceremony here (my contribution begins at 01:11:15).
I was interviewed by Martha Tsutsui Billins of FieldNotes about community-based language documentation. Listen to the podcast episode here.
5 May 2020
Global problems can be solved only when we work together. In this Corona crisis and in the future.
Here's a short video in German which I made for the Humboldt Foundation to make the case for international research collaboration, scientific exchange, trust and open-mindedness.
I gave a talk on locatives in siPhûthî at the 8th Southern African Microlinguistics Workshop (SAMWOP-8) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban.
I was invited to participate at a conference on interdisciplinary research approaches to multilingualism, language preservation and indigenous languages (Studentische Konferenz zu Interdisziplinären Forschungsansätzen zu Mehrsprachigkeit, Spracherhalt und Indigenen Sprachen) organised by students at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. At this conference, I ran a workshop entitled "Documenting minority languages in Munich, Africa and beyond" and participated in their interdisciplinary panel discussion.
I was invited to give a presentation on my work in Lesotho at the University of Missouri in Columbia.
24 September 2019
The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, met with Ouma Geelmeid during the National Heritage Day celebration held in Upington on 24 September 2019. Pictured here is President Cyril Ramaphosa, Ouma Geelmeid and our N/uu reader! Photo courtesy of the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB).
18 September 2019
I was invited to give a talk on endangered languages in Africa at Truman State University as part of their Clayton B. Ofstad Reading Series, organised by the Department of English and Linguistics, and their Global Issues Colloquium.
I was invited to spend half a semester at Truman State University as their Clayton B. Ofstad Writer-In-Residence. During my time at Truman State University, I taught an 8-week undergraduate course on languages on the African continent.
I spent a week in Lesotho documenting siPhuthi.
26-28 June 2019
I was invited to participate in the Annual Meeting of the Humboldt Foundation. Highlights of the meeting included speeches by the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the German President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. More info here.
I was invited to give a talk on siPhuthi at the University of Bayreuth as part of the Research Colloquium of the Departments of African Linguistics and Literatures.
I was invited to give a talk on siPhuthi at the Goethe University of Frankfurt as part of the Afrikanistisches Kolloquium of the Institut für Afrikanistik. More info here.
I was invited to give a talk at the University of Texas at Austin on German language varieties in rural South Africa. More info here.
I was invited to the University of the Western Cape (South Africa) to teach linguistic fieldwork and documentation at the week-long SEcoKa Autumn School. SEcoKa (The Syntactic Ecology of Kaaps) is a three-year NRF-funded project which investigates the grammar of Kaaps as a hybrid system. More info here.
I conducted a pilot study on the use of the German language in South Africa and visited several rural German-speaking communities in three South African provinces.
I spent two months in Lesotho documenting siPhuthi. More info here.
I received a grant of 9,884 USD from the Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research to document oral traditions of the baPhûthî in Lesotho.
I was invited to attend the closing workshop of the Crossroads project at SOAS University of London. More info here.
12-21 November 2018
I was invited to participate in the Linguistic Diversity Residency Programme and Workshop, hosted by Linguapax and Faber Residency of Arts, Sciences and Humanities in Olot and Barcelona, Spain, from 12-21 November 2018. More info here (residency in Olot) and here (workshop in Barcelona).
Hot off the press: Shah, Sheena & Matthias Brenzinger (2018). The role of teaching in language revival and revitalization movements. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics 38, 201-208.
Based on the 2017 Impact Factor, the Annual Review of Applied Linguistics (ARAL) has risen to be #1 of 181 Linguistics journals! Congratulations to editor-in-chief, Alison Mackey, each of us serving on the editorial board, our contributors and many others working behind the scene!
I was invited to attend an Uncanny Lore Workshop entitled “From resistance to re-existence – Legal empowerment, reclaiming heritage, ancestral land and justice in Southern Africa” in the Eastern Cape province, South Africa, from 19-24 June 2018. More info here.
I have been awarded a Research Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. A 24-month long fellowship, starting September 2018, to conduct research at the University of Hamburg on the siPhuthi language spoken in Lesotho.
I was invited to attend Research Councils UK’s third Global Engagement Meeting in Pretoria, South Africa from 5-6 December 2017.