Livingstone Museum

The past, present and future of the local historical voices and narratives: Livingstone Museum as a place of linguistic and cultural inequalities

4:00pm - 6:00pm / Tuesday 9th March 2021
Type: Other / Category: Department
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Crafted upon what has become known as multilingual memories in the broader theoretical context of linguistic landscape and semiotic studies, the current discussion attempts to problematize the representational order of artefacts in the Livingstone Museum (in Zambia) in order to gain insights into the past, present and future of local historical voices and narratives. In doing so, the talk attempts to unearth and historicise subtle elements of linguistic and cultural inequalities, which are seen to have been perpetually under (co-) construction and consumption by the historical bodies and ideological leanings which often project heritage as immobile and one skewed towards selective remembering for a systematic exclusivity of local historicity.

Hambaba Jimaima is a lecturer and Head of Department, Department of Literature and Languages in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zambia. His research interests revolve around semiotics, sociolinguistics, syntax and the extended view of multimodality, predicated on language production and consumption in the public spaces. His recent publications include “Linguistic Landscapes and the sociolinguistics of language vitality in multilingual contexts of Zambia”, and ‘Semiotic Ecology of linguistic landscapes in rural Zambia’.