Conferences Post Mortem | #CreativesMakeItHappen

Creatives can engage further with industry professionals on industry hot topics and opportunities by booking in time to join the #CreativesMakeItHappen conversation. 21 May: Conferences Post Mortem ACT Trustee, Jayesperi Moopen, engages the National Arts Council’s Coordinator, Rosie Katz from the NEPAD arts education conference and Levinia Jones, Head of Arts British Council and Content Director for the 2015 ACT | UJ Conference, around major observations, outcomes and ways forward with a focus on how practitioners can mobilise the knowledge and information shared at the conferences. Entrance to the conversation is free but space is limited. To secure your place, please email your contact details to preciousm@uj.ac.za and how many people you would like to book for. The 2015 Conference was presented by the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), UJ Arts & Culture and British Council Connect ZA, with support from the Department of Arts and Culture, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), SAMRO Foundation, Pro Helvetia, the European Union, the SA–UK Seasons 2014 & 2015; and media partners Classicfeel magazine and UJFM...

Wikithon to Improve the ‘African Literature’ Wikipedia Page

On June 4 at the upcoming African Literature Association (ALA) conference at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, Africa in Words will be hosting a ‘Wikithon’ to improve the ‘African Literature’ Wikipedia page. During a Wikithon (also often called an Edit-a-thon), people come together to edit a particular Wikipedia page or topic. The ALA conference theme this year is ‘African Futures and Beyond: Visions in Transition,’ and this Wikithon/panel will provide a unique, hands-on opportunity to create open access resources and to think about the future of knowledge production in African literary studies. Wikipedia is the most popular reference website in the world and often the primary point of departure for student research. However, its pages vary greatly in their scope and quality. In particular, the Wikipedia page for ‘African Literature‘ is an extremely limited resource and in need of scholarly references, expanded author lists, a potential re-framing of its categories of information, as well as greater attention to literature and orature in African languages. The ALA conference is an ideal venue at which to involve a diverse body of scholars and writers in creating and editing high quality information about African literature. Most importantly, all of this information is available open access. During this Wikithon, we will discuss areas for intervention and improvement, teach basic Wikipedia editing skills, and begin editing the page collectively. Key areas for improvement of the African literature page include: referencing academic work from the continent; greater attention to literature and orature in African languages; home page acknowledgement of diversity in what it currently labels as ‘postcolonial’ literature; a need to challenge the notion of...