To create a network of scholars and community members engaged in research activities involving the peoples, languages, cultures, and histories of the Kalahari Basin Area (KBA). As such, our primary focus is on the languages of the Khoe-Kwadi, Kx'a and Tuu language families ("Southern African Khoisan") and Bantu languages of the Kalahari Basin and southern Africa as well as on Indo-European languages where there is reasonable overlap with the primary focus.
To strive for an interdisciplinary exchange between scholars passionate about the linguistic and cultural diversity of the Kalahari Basin and southern Africa. We invite scholars of all stages in their careers, all methodologies and frameworks, and hope that the network will foster new collaborations and facilitate an exchange of ideas and materials.
To bring together like minded people from around the world by organising a diverse programme of online events in a friendly and informal setting. We look forward to organising and hosting talks by speakers from various different fields, including linguistics, anthropology, history, archaeology, genetics, rock art and music. We will also suggest regular reading circles.
To facilitate the exchange of information, materials, and resources.
To encourage others to make use of the network to further their own interests and research: why not suggest a working group with its own more specific scope and activities? Get in touch!
Behind the scenes
The Kalahari Basin Area Network was established in 2020 by Anne-Maria Fehn, Lee J. Pratchett and Alena Witzlack-Makarevich. It has been coordinated by Alena and Lee since 2021.
Get in touch, say hello, and send us your comments and questions to:
KalahariBasinAreaNetwork [AT] gmail [DOT] com