Conferences and Workshops

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’.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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