Call for Papers for EHASS October 2024 Issue

JOURNAL: E-Journal of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (EHASS)
ISSN: Online 2720-7722 | Print 2821-8949
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THEME: Harmonies of Heritage: Preserving Indigenous African Languages, Music, and Dance
Dr. Sakhiseni Joseph Yende – Department of African Language Studies, University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Email:

Indigenous African languages, music, and dance are not mere artistic expressions; they serve as living testaments to centuries of history, embodying communal values, and preserving the very essence of cultural identity. Yet, in the face of modernity, these profound traditions find themselves confronted with a daunting challenge – the looming threat of suppression and, ultimately, extinction. This anthology embarks on a journey to delve into the rich tapestry of these invaluable cultural assets, focusing its lens on the dynamic context of South Africa. Here, within the intricate threads of diverse linguistic, musical, and dance traditions, lie the stories of generations, the wisdom of elders, and the pulse of communities. In the cadence of every drumbeat, the melody of every song, and the graceful sway of every dancer, one can hear the echoes of a collective heritage.

However, as globalisation tightens its grip, and urbanisation spreads its concrete fingers, these cultural treasures face an unprecedented struggle for survival. The tongues that once resonated through ancestral landscapes now find themselves competing with the dominant tongues of commerce and industry. The rhythms that once reverberated through village squares now risk being drowned out by the relentless march of progress.

This anthology stands as a beacon of recognition and celebration, a tribute to the resilience of these endangered traditions. It seeks to illuminate the intricate interplay between language, music, and dance, demonstrating how they are woven into the very fabric of everyday life. Through meticulous exploration and heartfelt storytelling, we aim to not only document but also reinvigorate these ancient practices.

In the heart of South Africa, where the legacy of struggle and triumph intertwines with the rhythms of nature, one finds the beating heart of this preservation effort. Through the voices of linguists, musicians, dancers, and the very communities that carry these traditions forward, this special issue aim to amplify the call for safeguarding this irreplaceable heritage. As we embark on this journey, we invite readers to join us in this vital project. Together, let us bear witness to the harmonies of heritage, and together, let us take up the mantle of preservation. In doing so, we honour not only the past but also lay the groundwork for a vibrant, culturally rich future that draws strength from its roots.

This volume seeks to provide a comprehensive examination of the significance of indigenous African languages, music, and dance. By accepting contributions in seven South African official languages, we aim to preserve and promote these vital elements of our shared heritage.

Contributors are invited to explore, but not limited to, the following themes:
Linguistic Legacy: The Vital Role of Indigenous African Languages
Rhythms of Resilience: Music as a Cultural Keystone
Dance as Discourse: Interpreting Cultural Narratives through Movement
Suppression and Survival: Challenges in Preserving Indigenous Art Forms
Revitalisation Efforts: Sustaining Indigenous Languages, Music, and Dance

Call for Papers Announcement: 1st December, 2023
Submission Deadline for Abstracts: 15th April, 2024
Submission Deadline for Full Papers: 30th June, 2024
Peer Review Process: 1st July 2024 – 30th August 2024
Final Manuscript Submission:  20th September, 2024
Publication of Special Issue: 1st October, 2024

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  1. Only a similarity/plagiarism index of 10% or less will be considered for review.
  2. Article Processing Charges (APC) – 300 USD. The APC which includes the cost for language editing is payable by the corresponding author/affiliation(s) as the case may be upon acceptance. The APC also includes complementary copies for all our contributors.


Dr. Sakhiseni Joseph Yende is an emerging distinguished young scholar currently affiliated with the University of Western Cape in South Africa, where he serves as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of African Language Studies within the Forensic Linguistics and Multilingualism division. His academic trajectory has been marked by remarkable achievements and substantial contributions to various aspects of the performing arts, with a particular emphasis on opera. Sakhiseni has played a pivotal role in supervising both honours and master’s students in fields such as Dance, Vocal Arts (Opera), and Musical Theatre, exemplifying his dedication to nurturing the next generation of performing artists. His research focuses on musicology, ethnomusicology, music education, African music, linguistics, gospel music, opera, political sciences and education. Notably, he has recently published over 30 articles in DHET accredited journals and boasts numerous book chapters and presentations at various local and international conferences. This prolific output underscores his enduring commitment to advancing knowledge and discourse within the realm of the performing arts.

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