We call for presentations that dwell particularly on the comparative experiences of African societes, writing, publishing and copyright.

  • We believe the theme for 2012 has a great potential to make the Book Fair relevant to the needs of stakeholders of the book industry in Zimbabwe and Africa namely, publishers, writers, booksellers, librarians, Aripo and Zimcopy, educationists, government and students.
  • The ZIBF Indaba 2012 theme provides a platform for critiquing and analysing the constellation of forces impacting on African Literature in the contemporary Digital Era.
  • The theme also calls for participants to look into African literary creativity at a time when neoliberal regimes continue to threaten humanities knowledge production about Africa and people of African descent through the world’s fast globalising economies and international relations.
  • These forces notwithstanding, it is anticipated that the participants’ responses take in their stride the resilience, impact and influence of the African creative genius on the world global stage.

We look forward to significant excitement and participation from Zimbabwean and African writers and publishers at home and abroad as they take stock of recent developments in information technology and how they have impacted/will impact positively and negatively on the sector in Africa. As usual, African and non-African scholars, writers and publishers outside these groups shall be warmly welcomed to participate according to their respective capacities.
We, therefore, now invite submissions of abstracts from writers and critics, publishers and distributors, and all others who are interested in African Literature.

The Conference organisers call upon intending participants to submit abstracts that address – but are not limited to – the following themes:

  • The Global Impact of African Literature or
  • The Impact of Global Cultures on African Writing
  • Problems of African Identities: Past, Present and Future
  • Exile and Diaspora Literature of Africa
  • Gender, Literature and Social Change Now
  • Women’s Literature in Zimbabwe and Africa
  • Copyright, Access to Books and Piracy in Africa
  • The Digital Divide and the African Child Reader or
  • Children’s Literature and the Digital Divide in Contemporary Africa
  • Land and Literature in Zimbabwe and Africa
  • Literature and Civil Rights and Conflict in Africa
  • Global Cultures and the Slow Demise of African Culture and Languages
  • African Literature and Technology 
  •  Current Theories of Globalisation and the Global Themes Explored in Contemporary African Literature.


Abstracts of not more than 300 words and inquiries to be received at the following email addresses: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. up to 31 March 2012*** for reviewing by the ZIBF Indaba organizers and will be reviewed anonymously. Selected participants will be notified by 30 April 2012 for development of their full conference papers. Papers should be submitted at the above e-mail addresses by 30 June 2012.

***Please not that the call for abstracts has been extended to 15 May 2012***