Print, Publishing and Cultural Production in South Africa 1948-2012

A British Academy research project funded under the International Partnership and Mobility Scheme 2012-13

This is a research partnership between the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies and the Publishing Studies programme at the University of Pretoria. The research examines the production, dissemination and reception of the book in South Africa. Drawing on the disciplines of book history and publishing studies, it aims to interrogate the institutions and processes informing textual production and consumption, and to address the role of print culture in constituting national identities during the apartheid and post-apartheid periods. The lead applicant is Dr Caroline Davis (Oxford Brookes University) and the co-applicant is Professor Archie Dick (University of Pretoria), and the project partners are Dr Sally Hughes (Oxford Brookes) and Dr Beth Le Roux (Pretoria).

A programme of activities has supported this partnership, and these events have successfully brought together book historians and researchers in publishing studies, literary scholars, early-career scholars and PhD students, starting with joint participation in ‘The Book in Africa’ International Symposium, on 20 October 2012, at the Institute for English Studies, Senate House, University of London. Plans are in progress for an edited collection based on the papers presented at this day-symposium.

A second event was the workshop 'Progressing Book History and Publishing Studies as Disciplines' at Oxford Brookes University in October 2012, which provided a forum for discussion leading to ways to strengthen the study of publishing.

A third conference entitled 'Print, Publishing and Cultural Production' took place in the University of Pretoria in May 2013. There are plans to publish articles based on papers presented at this day conference.

Together these events have aimed to strengthen these emerging disciplines and provide a basis from which to extend research collaboration to other regions of Africa. For further information about any of these events,  contact Caroline Davis (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or Dr Sally Hughes (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).