Dr Doreen Nchang

British Council-IASH Fellow on Decolonising Digital
Dr Doreen Nchang

British Council-IASH Fellow for ‘Decolonising Digital’: a fellowship for early-career researchers from Africa, May 2021- February 2022



Dr Doreen Nchang’s PhD in Linguistics from the University of the Western Cape explored the different trajectories of a selected number of African migrants into and around South Africa, focusing on the effects of these different trajectories on their language use patterns and linguistic identities. During her postdoctoral appointment at the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics (AXL) at the University of Cape Town, Nchang focussed on the sociolinguistics of Cameroon migrants in Cape Town, South Africa. She is an alumnus of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) in Senegal and the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) in South Africa. 

Project Title: Redesigning Open Access and research communication in Francophone Africa: academic librarians, the game changers

As a postdoctoral Fellow at IASH, Nchang will use discourse analysis, Postmodern critical and Afrocentric theory to explore the attitudes and awareness of academics and librarians towards Open Access and academic publication in Francophone Africa. The study will seek ways in which Librarians from the North and South can work together to enhance access and publishing in Open Access, innovatively digitizing Open Access and building digital repositories in higher institutions of learning in Africa. The study will further explore how digitalisation and decolonisation relate and how the in-between discrepancies if any can be solved.

Recent Publications

Nchang, D. (forthcoming). Multilingual experiences in diaspora: Cameroon migrants and their sociocultural practices in Cape Town.  Language Matters, 2.

Mesthrie, R., Nchang, D, and Onwukwe, C. (2020). Encounters with xenophobia: Language experiences of some African immigrants in Cape Town. In Akpo, J. (2020). Xenophobia and Pan-Africanism. Cape Town: UCT Press.