13 April 2015

 Print Culture and Colonisation in Africa Colloquium

Jointly hosted by the University of Pretoria and the 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.
Date: 28 –29 May 2015
Venue: University of Cape Town 
Winter Academy on World Scripts
In collaboration with The Forum Transregionale Studien (Berlin), the Max Weber Foundation (Bonn), the University of Cape Town, the French Institute in South Africa (Johannesburg) and the Berlin-based research program Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship
The Winter School will explore, from a comparative and global perspective, the vocabularies and typologies of writing in various philological traditions and the role of script as a technology in the production, diffusion, archiving and exchange of knowledge. The School will pay particular attention to the experience of writing and the technologies of script on the African continent and especially explore comparative cases and entangled histories that connected Africa to the Arabophone world, the Mediterranean region and via the Indian Ocean to South and Southeast Asia. The Summer School will focus broadly on the second millennium but is open to wider teleologies.
Date: September 2015
Venue: University Cape Town
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