Call for Papers: Pretoria in (im) print

 

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Pretoria in/im print
Textual and print cultures and text-as-image
in the Capital City
8 May 2014

A one-day book history workshop hosted by the Faculty of Humanities, University of Pretoria, as part of the CAPITAL CITIES project

Jointly co-ordinated by the Dept of Visual Arts (Faculty of Humanities) and the Dept of Information Science (Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and IT)

In May 2013 the University of Pretoria hosted a very successful international conference on print, publishing and cultural production in South Africa. In 2014 we wish to narrow this focus to the role the city in which the university is situated, has played and currently plays in such production.
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. We would like to encourage experimental approaches, and Pretoria may also be compared with other capital cities. The following themes are suggested, but we encourage creativity and interdisciplinary approaches:

• 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

Submit a 250-word abstract to one of the organisers by 25 February 2014. The first drafts of papers must be submitted by the end of April 2014, in order to be available for circulation amongst participants prior to the workshop.
A peer-reviewed special issue of an accredited journal is envisaged after the workshop.

Enquiries:
Lize Kriel, Dept of Visual Arts, lize.kriel@up.ac.za
Beth le Roux, Dept of Information Science, beth.leroux@up.ac.za