Public PhD defense Lorenzo Maselli

On Friday June 21 at 10am CET, Lorenzo Maselli will publically defend the joint PhD dissertation titled  “Documenting the sounds of the West-Coastal Bantu languages of the Lower Kasai region (DR Congo): An integrated phonetic and diachronic-phonological approach” written under the co-supervision of Prof. Dr. Koen Bostoen (BantUGent), Prof. Dr. Sara Pacchiarotti (BantUGent), and Prof. Dr. Véronique Delvaux (UMons). The defense will take place in the Faculty Room on the first floor of the Blandijn building (Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent) and also be followed via livestreaming through MS Teams.


ULeiden-BantUGent workshop: Unravelling Africa’s Early Linguistic History



On Friday 17 May, the LHEAf research team from Leiden University will visit Ghent for a joint workshop with BantUGent on the fascinating world of Africa’s early linguistic history. On the program: exploring language contact, diagnosing substrate, and placing linguistic findings in an interdisciplinary context. Be welcome to join the workshop.



9am-12pm: Faculty Council Room, Blandijn



  • 9.15-9.45am
    • Introductions BantUGent and LHEAf
    • LHEAf project: Unravelling Africa’s Early Linguistic History


Diagnosing Substrate

  • 10-10.45am
    Substrate Interference in Bantu languages of Central Africa:  Insights from Diachronic Phonology — Sara Pacchiarotti
  • 11am-12pm
    Substrate Interference in Eastern Africa — Dominique Loviscach, Alba Hermida Rodriguez, Maarten Mous


12-1.30pm: Lunch break


1.30-5pm: Room 3.1, Tweekerken, Campus Tweekerken


Language contact

  • 1.30-2.15pm
    (Pre)historic Bantu-Khoisan interactions in Southern Africa in a historical linguistic perspective — Hilde Gunnink
  • 2.30-3.15pm
    The Bantu Expansion in Eastern Africa — Maarten Mous 


Interdisciplinary research

  • 3.30-4.15pm
    Bantu Language divergence and convergence and deep-time population history in the Lower Kasai area (DR Congo) — Koen Bostoen
  • 4.15-5pm:
    From linguistic to interdisciplinary research in Eastern Africa


Pre-workshop diner in Gado-Gado
Morning meeting in the Faculty room

BantUGent research seminar with talks by Megersa Regassa and Brandon Kieffer

What? BantUGent research seminar

When? April 29, 2024

Where? Room 2.23 – Panopticon, Blandijn, Campus Boekentoren

              15:00-16:00:  Megersa Regassa: “Monsters in Oromo Oral Narratives from a Gendered Perspective”

              16:00-17:00:  Brandon Kieffer, “Bantu Spirantization in Great Lakes Bantu”

To join the meeting online by MS Teams, click here.


Map making for linguists in QGIS – Doctoral Schools Training BantUGent

Maps are an important visualization tool for linguists. However, most linguists are not trained in and thus not able to design professional maps. QGIS is opensource mapping software that enables its users to plot features, create data points, or redraw existing maps. For researchers that work with little known languages, software like QGIS is vital in providing reliable maps when there are often none available.


To this end, Matthew Sung (affiliated with the Leiden University Centre of Linguistics and the Leiden University Centre for Digital Humanities) taught several QGIS workshops at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy from 21 May – 23 May 2024. Participants will also apply the software to their own data. The introduction session was run twice on 21 May and 22 May. Each session could have up to 20 participants. The advanced session was  run once on 23 May and had availability for 15 people. Registration closed on 15 April 2024.


As this event was financed by the Doctoral School of UGent and the Flemish Government, doctoral students were given priority during registration. If PhD students participated in the introduction session, it  counted as a transferable skill course. If PhD students participated in both the introduction and advanced session, it counted as a specialist course. Evaluation for PhD students were based on attendance and active participation.

The organizer was Nina van der Vlugt ( See below for the program.

BantUGent research seminar with talks by Terefe Mitiku Mekonin and Edward Ntonda

What? BantUGent research seminar
When? January  31, 2024
Where? Faculteitsraadzaal/Facultyroom

14:00-15:00:  Edward Ntonda: “Chikunda in Time and Space : A Historical Sociolinguistic account”

15:00-16:00:  Terefe Mitiku Mekonin “Human and animal interaction in Oromo fable”


For the Teams-link, contact:  Lorenzo Maselli (

Journée de présentation des projets de recherche en RDC en collaboration avec l’UGent Africa Platform & l’ISP Mbuji-Mayi

En collaboration avec l’Africa Platform de l’Université de Gand (UGent) et l’Institut Supérieur Pédagogique de Mbuji-Mayi, nous organisons le 19 octobre 2023 une journée de présentation des projets de recherche en RDC. Pour plus d’informations voir ici. Pour vous inscrire, veuillez envoyer un email à ou