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Pretoria in/im print

Textual and print cultures and text-as-image in the Capital City

08 May 2014

Faculty of Humanities, University of Pretoria

A one-day book history workshop hosted by the Faculty of Humanities, University of Pretoria, as part of the CAPITAL CITIES project. This followed on from the successful international conference on print, publishing and cultural production in South Africa hosted by the University of Pretoria in May 2013 and organised by Lize Kriel and Elizabeth Le Roux.

This conference ‘Pretoria in/im print: Textual and print cultures and text-as-image in the Capital City’ narrowed the focus to the role the city in which the university is situated, has played and currently plays in such production. This conference involved postgraduate students as well as established researchers in fields as diverse as written and printed culture, visual arts and culture, information design, editing and publishing, history, literature and new technologies are invited to submit abstracts. The following themes were addressed:

  • histories of the book trade, including publishers, mission presses, printers, and libraries
  • writing and reading (in) the city
  • text and/as image, e.g. on posters, pamphlets, postcards, or maps of Pretoria/Tshwane
  • inscriptions, on walls, billboards, stone, trees, hilltops, bodies, from tattoos to graffiti
  • the capital as an epistolary ‘hub’ for writing to and from Pretoria 
  • networks of production and consumption, local and transnational

See downloadable programme for further information.