This partnership project examines the publishing, dissemination and reception of the book in Southern Africa in the 20th and 21st centuries. Drawing on the disciplines of book history and publishing studies, the aim is to generate a more informed understanding of the development of print culture in this region, and its implications for larger questions of nationality and politics. It interrogates the institutions and processes informing textual production, circulation and consumption, and investigates further the emergence and constitution of reading publics in the region.
This is a partnership between Oxford Brookes University and the University of Pretoria, led by Dr Caroline Davis, Oxford Brookes University; Dr Beth Le Roux and Professor Archie Dick, University of Pretoria, and it brings together a network of scholars in both regions who are engaged in print culture and publishing research as well as publishing practitioners in both the UK and Southern Africa.
The project has received generous support from the Newton Mobility Fund (2018-19) a Global Challenges Research Fund Small Grant (2017-18) and from the British Academy International Partnership and Mobility programme (2012 – 16), as well as from Oxford Brookes University and the University of Pretoria.