Jun.-Prof. Dr. Nico Nassenstein

Juniorprofessor for African Languages and Linguistics


Nico Nassenstein is junior professor for African Languages and Linguistics since 2017. He studied African Linguistics, Oriental Studies and German Studies, holds a PhD from the University of Cologne (a study on border thinking in Rufumbira, 2016) and works in the broader fields of sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, postcolonial linguistics and pragmatics. His research interests include variation and change in Congo (Western) Swahili dialects, youth language practices in Africa, language and identity, the language of conflict, urban/rural language practices as well as African Englishes. Apart from the study of Lingala, Swahili and Kinyarwanda-Kirundi, he has recently developed an interest in the sociolinguistic aspects of language and (sex) tourism along the Kenyan coast, and works (together with colleagues from the University of Cologne) on language and migration in Majorca, Spain. His main research areas cover the DR Congo, Rwanda-Burundi, Uganda and Kenya. Recent books include an edited volume Youth Language Practices in Africa and Beyond (with A. Hollington, Mouton de Gruyter, 2015), a monograph entitled Kisangani Swahili: Choices and Variation in a Multilingual Urban Space (Lincom, 2016), and several others in preparation.

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32nd Swahili Colloquium, Universität Bayreuth

Panel: Sociolinguistic Variation and Change in Kiswahili

Creative practices, playful language, translocal communication 

31 May – 2 June 2019, 32nd Swahili Colloquium, Universität Bayreuth

Organizers: Andrea Hollington (University of Cologne) & Nico Nassenstein  ...

International Workshop: Current Debates and Topics in the Study of Lingala

Varieties and variation, language contact and sociolinguistic change 

11 May 2019, 9:00-18:00, JGU Mainz

Organizer: Nico Nassenstein

New research on African languages and migration in the Rhine-Main region

The African Studies Rhine-Main initiative of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz JGU and Goethe University Frankfurt launches its first joint research project on "Africans in the Rhine-Main region: an African linguistic research project on linguistic integration." The project is funded by resources from the RMU Initiative Funding for Research.  ...

Third Workshop on Language Tourism

Language and Intimacy. Discourses and Narratives

Third Workshop on Language & Tourism

El Arenal, 13-14 October 2018

9th World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL9)

The Sociolinguistics of Globalization in Africa. Fluidity, Mobility, Agency

Panel organizers: Angelika Mietzner (Uni Köln) & Nico Nassenstein

The 9th World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL9), 25-28 August 2018, Rabat, Morocco  ...

7th International Conference on Bantu Languages (SINTU 7)

Variation in Swahili. Micro-typology, sociolinguistic diversification and language contact

Panel organizers: Nico Nassenstein & Daisuke Shinagawa (ILCAA, TUFS)

9–11 July 2018, SINTU 7, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa  ...

International Congress of Linguists (ICL 20)

Hostility in Language. Other Perspectives on Multilingualism

Panel organizers: Anne Storch (Uni Köln) & Nico Nassenstein

International Congrass of Linguists (ICL 20), 2–6 July 2018, Cape Town (UCT)  ...