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Print Culture and Publishing in Southern Africa Symposium

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Day 2 Workshop

23 May 2018

University of Pretoria

This symposium brought together academics, publishers, authors and publishing educators across Southern Africa to present their recent research in print culture studies, to examine challenges affecting knowledge production and access, to define research priorities and to pave the way to tackle these challenges in a collaborative way.

This one-year research collaboration between Oxford Brookes University and the University of Pretoria, funded by a small grant from the UK Global Challenges Research Fund, addressed the challenges facing Southern Africa in terms of equality of knowledge production and access. It provided a forum for new research in print culture and publishing studies.

A two-day conference at the University of Pretoria in May 2018 brought together scholars, publishers and publishing educators to discuss these issues and to consider how new research might help in understanding the legacies of racial, linguistic and geographical disparities in the publishing infrastructure, and how it might contribute to the transformation of publishing practice. 

Speakers included:

  • Mpuku Radinku, Executive Director, Publishers’ Association of South Africa (Keynote speaker)
  • Archie Dick, University of Pretoria
  • Nda Dlodlo, National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo
  • Zamda Geuza, University of Dar es Salaam
  • Veronica Klipp, Wits University Press
  • Lize Kriel, University of Pretoria
  • Thabiso Mahlape, Jacana Media
  • Khwezi Mkhize, University of Cape Town
  • Christopher Ouma, University of Cape Town
  • Elizabeth le Roux, University of Pretoria
  • Corinne Sandwith, University of Pretoria
  • Mass Tapfuma, National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo

The conference was organised by Caroline Davis with Laetitia Cassells and Elizabeth le Roux. See Conference Programme at the top of this page for further details.

This pilot project has led to the establishment of a new network, with the aim to apply for larger grants offered by the GCRF and other funding initiatives.