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Print Culture and Publishing in 20th Century South Africa

Print Cultures South Africa

This British Academy International Partnership and Mobility programme examines the publishing, dissemination and reception of the book in South Africa in the 20th century. Drawing on the disciplines of book history and publishing studies, the aim is to generate a more informed understanding of the development of print culture in 20th century South Africa, and its implications for larger questions of nationality and politics. It interrogates the institutions and processes informing textual production, circulation and consumption, and seeks to investigate further the emergence and constitution of reading publics in the country. There is particular attention to the cultural, political and economic impact of the booktrade between South Africa and the UK during this century.

This is a three year British Academy International Partnership and Mobility programme (January 2014-December 2016), which involves a programme of research exchange visits, seminars and colloquia, joint publications and the creation of a web-based portal. This builds on the former one-year British Academy partnership ‘Print Culture and Cultural Production in South Africa’ (2012-13).

Partners include: Dr Caroline Davis (lead applicant), Oxford Brookes University; Professor Archie Dick (co-applicant), University of Pretoria; Dr Beth Le Roux (Pretoria); Dr Jane Potter (Oxford Brookes); and Dr Sally Hughes (Oxford Brookes).  The project also aims to bring together scholars in other academic institutions in both regions who are engaged in print culture research.