5th session

Western and West-Central African diversity 

The First Bantu Speakers South of the Central-African Rainforest: New Insights from Historical Linguistics and Archaeology. Koen Bostoen (Professor, Dept. of Languages and Cultures, Ghent University, UGent Centre for Bantu Studies, Ghent, Belgium).

West-Central African diversity from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, continuities and transitions during the last 10,000 years. Bernard Clist (Researcher, Dept. of Languages and Cultures, Ghent University, UGent Centre for Bantu Studies, Ghent, Belgium).

Shum Laka, a key site to explore ancient forager diversity in North-West Cameroon: new and ongoing research. Isabelle Ribot (Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada).

Genetic landscape of populations from Central Eastern Mali reveals the mystery of a language isolate and its speakers. Hiba Babiker (Researcher, Dept. of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany).