“Publishing, Platforms, & African Literature in the Digital Age” – SCOLMA 2024 Online Seminar Series

Join us ONLINE for the fourth of five seminars in “African Studies in the Digital Age” – SCOLMA’s 2024 Seminar Series

Speaker bios/date/time Seminar 4 2024

About the Seminar: Publishing, Platforms, & African Literature in the Digital Age

Wednesday March 13th Online from 13:00-14:00 GMT. Register now!

“In the last decade social media, ebooks, and other digital platforms have been transforming how and where writers are read. This seminar explores the ways in which these changes have affected the production, circulation and collecting of literature from the African continent.

Chaired by Professor Madhu Krishnan (University of Bristol), this session brings together Professor Ainehi Edoro-Glines (UW-Madison, Brittle Paper) and Julian Russ (Baobab e-Book Services). Each panellist, in very different ways, brings a career-long perspective on promoting African writing and exploring the technical, economic, social and cultural implications of digital platforms for authors, for publishers and for reading publics. In this roundtable we will explore the implications of their work for those who manage library and archive collections.”

About the Series:

This FREE and ONLINE series of 5 seminars returns to the theme of a SCOLMA publication from 2014, ‘African Studies in the Digital Age’. Through a programme of discussion events we will be exploring some key ways in which this field has changed over that decade.

The season will address a variety of topics including digital repatriation projects, new modes of sharing, researching and teaching with digital collections, collecting born digital records, and the creative re-use and curation of digital heritage.

Each event in the season is intended to be structured as a conversation or round table, and the season will include collection holders, researchers, digital experts and artists from the UK, the African continent and beyond.

The focus, given our key audience, will in large part be on the practicalities and challenges of doing this kind of work. Our aim is to share knowledge, stimulate discussion on best practice, and identify key opportunities in the field.

Seminars will take place on Wednesdays from 13:00-13:55 GMT:

January 31st
February 14th
February 28th
March 13th
April 17th

The topics, speakers, and registration information will be posted ahead of the respective seminar.

Support SCOLMA

UK Library & Archives Group on Africa (SCOLMA) is a registered charity (No. 325086). As a non-profit organisation, we would love your help in continuing our mission to provide the best possible service for academics, students and other researchers working in African studies. We publish a journal, Africa Bibliography, Research and Documentation, run a directory of African Studies libraries, organise conferences and seminars, and network with other librarians, archivists and researchers, in the UK, Europe, Africa and the US. We also act as an expert body providing specialist advice.

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