Newsletter #3 – December 2023

IRN workshop

Workshop: “Print Culture Before the Postcolonial Era”, January 18-19 2024

The University of Chicago Center in Paris hosted the second two-day workshop of our network, organized by Pr. Josephine McDonagh, on “Print Culture Before the Postcolonial Era: The Miscellany”.

Participants: Charlotte Cary Beckett • Rosinka Chaudhuri • Coraline Jortay • Josephine McDonagh • Priyasha Mukhopadhyay • Jonathan Sachs • Graham Shaw • Ulrike Stark • Neelam Srivastava • Sara Thornton • Mark Turner • Benedetta Zaccarello • Laetitia Zecchini.

Upcoming IRNPPC conferences

Conference organized by Laetitia Zecchini (CNRS) at the University of Chicago Center in Paris, July 5-6 2024, on

Law and Print in Postcolonial Contexts: Censorship, Copyright and Piracy

This conference addresses the relationship between print  and legislation, censorship and copyright in postcolonial contexts. It aims to explore the role of colonial and postcolonial institutions, of the state and other gate-keepers in the regulation of print; the forms and practices of cultural regulation and censorship particular to certain postcolonial contexts; as well as the many alternative, informal or interstitial publishing networks, spaces and practices operating outside official (or monitored) circuits. More information here.

Recent news of IRN members & affiliates

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LectureBooks in the Biosphere: Print Culture in the Anthropocene, by Isabel Hofmeyr, delivered on December 5, 2023, 24th B. N. Ganguli Memorial Lecture, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

To watch, please click here.


Call for papers: Collective form and national liberation, symposium at Newcastle University, 6-7 June 2024 (keynote speakers:

Dr Asha Rogers ; Dr Christian Høgsbjerg). Deadline submission: January 31, 2024.

For full details, please click here.

For any question please contact Hayley Toth:

Recent publications of members & affiliates

MANI, Preetha, “The Literary Management of Multilingualism in India: The Sahitya Akademi and the Case of Tamil New Poetry,” The Oxford Handbook of Modern Indian Literatures, edited by Ulka Anjaria and Anjali Nerlekar, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2023.


NEWELL, Stephanie, Newsprint Literature and Local Literary Creativity in West Africa, 1900s – 1960s, Surrey, Boydell and Brewer, 2023.



SINGH, Akansha, “Periodicals and Nation-Building: The Public Sphere, Modernity, and Modernism in Modern Review and Visva Bharati Quarterly“, Text Matters, n° 13, 2023.

Other past events

Lecture: Revisiting the Ghadar Movement: Vernacular Identity and Revolutionary Print Culture in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries, by Pr. Madhu Singh, January 18th, 2024, (12PM, Pacific Time), Stanford University, Center for South Asia.

Workshop:  Community Building across New Boundaries: Minorities and Diasporic Networks in Islamicate Print Culture, by the “Arabic Mass Media and (trans)regional digital cultures” research group (with the help of Pr. Björn Bentlage), January 19th, 2024 (2PM Central European Time), Munich University.

A Call-for-Paper

Routledge Book Series: South Asian Literature in Focus (series editors: Goutam Karmakar, Puspa Damai, Payel Pal, and Deimantas Valančiūnas). Deadline submission: 31, December 2024.

For any question please contact Dr. Goutam Karmakar:

Other interesting publications

ASCIUTO, Nicoletta, BRATTON, Francesca, SUTHERLAND, Camilla (eds.), Modernism Modernity, special issue “Modernist Periodical Studies and the Transnational Turn”, Vol. 8, Cycle 2, 2023.


ELBAZ, Ella, “Documenting the unarchivable: Minor Detail and the archive of senses“, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Vol. 59 – Issue 5, 2023, pp. 607-619.


GATHIMBA, Waimiru, “Kenya at 60: Field notes from the neocolony, and the civilising politics of betterment in the Ruto Hustler era“, African Argument [online], December, 14th 2023.

QASMI, Ali Usman, Qaum, Mulk, Sultanat. Citizenship and National Belonging in Pakistan, Stanford, Stanford University Press, 2023.

SÖVEGJÁRTÓ, Szilvia, VÉR, Márton (eds.), Exploring Multilingualism and Multiscriptism in Written Artefacts [open access], Berlin, De Gruyter, 2024.


New digital access to archives

Launch of digital access to the Daily Observer from Liberia, by Global Press Archive • Center for Research Libraries Alliance.



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