Koen Bostoen

Koen Bostoen (1975) has been professor of African Linguistics and Swahili at Ghent University since 2011. His research focuses on the study of Bantu languages and interdisciplinary approaches to the African past. He obtained an ERC Starting Grant for the KongoKing project (2012-2016) and an ERC Consolidator’s Grant for the BantuFirst project (2018-2022). Apart from several (co-authored) articles and book chapters in the fields of African (historical) linguistics, archaeology and genetics, he is author of Des mots et des pots en bantou: une approche linguistique de l’histoire de la céramique en Afrique (2005, Peter Lang) and co-editor of The Kongo Kingdom: Origins, Dynamics and Cosmopolitan Culture of an African Polity (2018, Cambridge University Press), Une archéologie des provinces septentrionales du royaume Kongo (2018, Archaeopress) and The Bantu Languages, 2nd edition (2019, Taylor and Francis).

Recent publications:

* Bollaert, Flore, et al. “The Noun Class System of Bwala, an Undocumented Teke Language from the DRC (Bantu, B70z).” NORDIC JOURNAL OF AFRICAN STUDIES, vol. 30, no. 1, 2021, pp. 1–40.
 
* Seidensticker, Dirk, et al. “Population Collapse in Congo Rainforest from 400 CE Urges Reassessment of the Bantu Expansion.” SCIENCE ADVANCES, vol. 7, no. 7, 2021, doi:10.1126/sciadv.abd8352.
 
* Sengupta, Dhriti, et al. “Genetic Substructure and Complex Demographic History of South African Bantu Speakers.” NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, vol. 12, no. 1, 2021, doi:10.1038/s41467-021-22207-y.
 
* Matonda Sakala, Igor, et al. “Le Projet BantuFirst : Rapport Sur Les Recherches de Terrain Archéologiques Le Long Du Bas Kasaï Dans Les Provinces Du Kwilu et Du Mai-Ndombe (RDC).” NYAME AKUMA, no. 95, 2021, pp. 25–30.
 
* Gunnink, Hilde, et al. “Inheritance and Contact in the Diversification of Southern Bantu Languages.” 10th World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL10), Abstracts, 2021.