Conferences and Workshops

African published books in the North

African published books in the North

This paper was prepared for the SCOLMA annual conference ‘Decolonising African Studies: questions and dilemmas for libraries, archives and held at the University of Edinburgh on 10 June 2019. The aim of the paper is to provide some insights into how books published in Africa are making their way to libraries with collections on Africa

Getting Published

Getting Published

Alice Wairimū Nderitū is an author, columnist (The EastAfrican) ethnic relations educator and mediator of armed conflict. Alice was named 2012 Woman Peace Maker of the Year by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, University of San Diego.

Decolonisation and co-publishing

Decolonisation and co-publishing

In 2018 the African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK) and the African Studies Association (ASA, US) launched an initiative to draw attention to the need for a more equitable playing field in co-publication between publishers in the North and in Africa.

Research on Africa: on whose terms?

Research on Africa: on whose terms?

Stephanie Kitchen, Managing Editor of the International African Institute, London, reflects on the 2017 ECAS conference Round Table discussion organised by the Swiss Society for African Studies and CODESRIA, looking at the relationship between ‘basic’ and ‘applied’ research on/in Africa and the politics and priorities of research funders and councils. Who should fund such research in Africa in a new moment of decolonisation?

Publishing at the African Studies Association of Africa

Publishing at the African Studies Association of Africa

Divine Fuh and Stephanie Kitchen co-convened a plenary and two panels at the African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) conference held in Nairobi in October 2019 on the topic of ‘Publishing in Africa and African studies: practices, challenges and futures’.

African books and knowledge production

African books and knowledge production

Stephanie Kitchen, Managing Editor at The International Africa Institute, London, looks at the three lively 2016 sessions at the biennial African Studies Association (UK) conference which explored the challenges of publishing in Africa, in relation to African studies in the North.

Reflections on the Role of Progressive African Intellectuals

Reflections on the Role of Progressive African Intellectuals

Keynote address by Walter Bgoya, Managing Director, Mkuki na Nyota Publishers, to the 50th Anniversary Conference of the African Studies Association UK at the University of Sussex, 10 September 2014

African publishing in a globalised world

African publishing in a globalised world

Former CEO and Director of African Books Collective, Mary Jay, delivers the Adam Helms Lecture, Stockholm University, 21 November 2016. Each lecture is given by a prominent individual within the international book and publishing industry. Between 1994 and 2016 it was arranged by Stockholm University Library in association with the Swedish Publishers’ Association.

Growing the knowledge economy through research, writing, publishing and reading

Growing the knowledge economy through research, writing, publishing and reading

Reflecting on the theme of the 2015 Zimbabwe International Book Fair for his address, Walter Bgoya (Mkuki na Nyota Publishers) decided to take the liberty to reorder the wording of the theme, from 'Growing the knowledge economy through research, writing, publishing and reading' to 'Growing the knowledge economy through writing, publishing, reading and research'.

Publishers, authors and Africa’s cultural development

Publishers, authors and Africa’s cultural development

Publishers and authors, or writers if you prefer, are ever close to theatres of war. Invariably they play significant roles in starting and ending them. But very often, they continue fanning the embers of war long after the wars are ended.

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