African Print Culture Network
Newspapers and print culture are an important emerging theme in African Studies, shedding light on the constitution of new publics, new genres and new forms of political and social expression and affiliation. This project aims to develop a network of scholars researching on newspapers in East and West Africa. Because the subject matter itself took the form of a network of linked and interactive textual sites (newspapers which culled material from each other, argued with each other, and provided an open forum for cross-cutting debate between contributors), the engagement of a range of specialists working on different newspapers, regions and languages is a particularly effective research strategy: no single scholar could possibly grasp the whole field, yet no part of the field is fully comprehensible without awareness of its interactions, linkages, and parallels with other parts.
The network’s activities have been built around a programme of workshop meetings in which primary material has been circulated and analysed, and methodologies for its study have been developed.