n English in Africa - A celebration of book history in Africa

Volume 35, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



The papers in this special collection derive from the truly memorable conference, "A World Elsewhere : Orality, Manuscript and Print in Colonial and Post-Colonial Cultures," held at the Centre for the Book, Cape Town, 2-4 April 2006 under the aegis of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP). This was the fourth in a series of regional, now known as SHARP Focus, conferences held in Sydney, Wellington and Kolkata. The idea for these non-metropolitan gatherings arose at a conference in Grahamstown in Aug. 2001, "Colonial and Post-colonial Cultures of the Book" as a way, in part, of continuing the conversation between Southern Hemisphere participants (with the hope that in time it would be joined by the book historians of colonial and post-colonial South America). Perhaps, even more important, is that such conferences not only draw attention to the enterprise of Book History, but foster the intellectual exchanges of the discipline, and steer the conversation in directions not envisaged by either the organisers or participants.

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