Kenya has won the bid to host the International Society for the Oral Literatures of Africa (ISOLA) Conference in 2020. The Conference will be hosted at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).
The bid was won after a successful presentation by a delegation from Kenya led by Moi University and the KICC at the ISOLA’s General Assembly, University of Florida, Gamesville. The conference will bring together scholars from all over Africa. The approval of the bid was based on the understanding that KICC and Moi University fully endorse and protect academic freedom.
ISOLA is an international, multicultural, multilingual scholarly organization, dedicated to the study, promotion, conservation and diffusion of the rich oral traditions of Global Africa, comprising the continent and its Diasporas all over the world.
The Society began in 1991 during a conference held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London focusing on African oral arts. It was later formally established during its Cape Town conference in 1998. Since its inception, ISOLA has grown tremendously, providing an institutional home for the scores of scholars who meet at its biennial conferences in venues in Africa, Europe and, more recently, the Caribbean. This will be the first time that an ISOLA conference will be held in Kenya.