Call for papers – Colloquium on ‘Print Culture and Colonisation in Africa’

Call for Papers

 Colloquium on ‘Print Culture and Colonisation in Africa’

 28-29 May 2015, Cape Town 

Jointly hosted by the University of Pretoria and University of Cape Town

In collaboration with Oxford Brookes University and with funding from the British Academy

The flow of technology, missionaries and merchants brought printing to African countries. The development of print culture was dispersed and intensified by the advent of colonisation. This two-day colloquium will focus on the interplay between colonial interventions and local textual cultures. Papers may explore the ways in which books and the book trade have been shaped by Africa’s colonial and postcolonial history, and how print cultures developed across the continent in the context of wide-scale European colonisation. They may also consider the history of the book in the context of apartheid South Africa. ‘Colonisation’ may also be seen as an ongoing practice, and its power dynamics and implications for current print culture explored.

 Postgraduate students as well as established researchers are invited to submit abstracts to Beth le Roux ( by 31 January 2015. Limited travel assistance is available for speakers from African institutions.

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