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Wits University Press publisher, Veronica Klipp on the costs of losing local research to global publishers

Writing in the University World News, Wits University Press publisher, Veronica Klipp says local scholarly publishing faces the challenges of the small local market and that the costs of losing local research to global publishers is high.

South Africa boasts an impressive pedigree of scholarly publishing, beginning with the establishment of the University of the Witwatersrand Press, now known simply as Wits University Press or WUP, in 1922, the same year the university


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Wits University Press author Maxim Bolt wins British Sociological Association Ethnography Award

Zimbabwe's Migrants and South Africa's Border FarmsCongratulations to Wits University Press author Maxim Bolt, winner of the 2016 BBC Thinking Allowed/British Sociological Association Ethnography Award for his book Zimbabwe’s Migrants and South Africa’s Border Farms: The Roots of Impermanence.

Thinking Allowed in association with the British Sociological Association offers the annual award for a study that has made a significant contribution to ethnography: the in-depth analysis of the everyday …


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Wits University Press pays tribute to Martin Legassick

Hamba Kahle Martin Legassick (1940 – 2016)

It is never pleasant to receive news of an author’s passing; the fact that his book is still in its final stages of completion makes it even less so. Hidden Histories of Gordonia: Land dispossession and resistance in the Northern Cape, 1800 – 1990 is without a doubt Martin Legassick’s “magnum opus”, to borrow the description used by historians Neil Parsons and Robert Ross.

The book …


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Meet the Wits University Press Authors at the 2015 South African Book Fair

Wits University Press is taking part in the 2015 South African Book Fair, this year taking place for the first time in Johannesburg at Turbine Hall in Newtown.

Starting today (Friday, 31 July) and running until Sunday, 2 August, the fair is open to the general public.

This is the Fair for Readers! Don’t miss it!!

With a programme of more than 100 authors participating, 44 new small publishers, seven publishers …


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Wits University Press Events at the European Conference on African Studies in Paris

Kroonstad, Place of ThornsChanging Space, Changing City: Johannesburg after ApartheidWits University Press will be at the European Conference on African Studies in Paris this week.

Two books, Kroonstad, Place of Thorns by Tshepo Moloi and Changing Space, Changing City: Johannesburg after Apartheid edited by Philip Harrison, Graeme Gotz, Alison Todes and Chris Wray, will be launched at the conference and publisher …


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Bringing African Scholarship to the World: Wits University Press Joins the Thomson Reuters Book Citation Index

 
Wits University Press has become the first African scholarly press to be included on the Thomson Reuters Book Citation Index of the prestigious Web of Science. This means our African scholarship will be more widely available to a global audience, and more likely to be included in wider debates. We asked Wits University Press digital publisher Andrew Joseph to tell us more about the process.

The Thomson Reuters Book


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Wits University Press Presents Penny Siopis: Time and Again, Edited by Gerrit Olivier

Penny SiopisForthcoming in December, Penny Siopis: Time and Again, edited by Gerrit Olivier:

Hers is restless imagination played out in a daunting, experimental productivity and a willingness to surprise even herself. As we look back, the patterns of her creative acts become more legible, allowing us to see more easily the internal coherence of her body of work and the idiosyncratic logic of its unfolding. — Colin Richards, 2005


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Wits University Press Authors at the South African Book Fair (13 – 15 June)

The 2014 South African Book Fair takes place from 13 to 15 June at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Wits University Press authors speaking at the fair include Gabeba Baderoon, Adam Habib, Simonne Horwitz, Gilbert Khadiagala, Devon Curtis, Caroline Wanjiku Kihato, Xolela Mangcu, Carli Coetzee and Shaun Viljoen.

Regarding MuslimsSouth Africa's Suspended Revolution Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto


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Career Opportunity: Digital Publishing Manager at Wits University Press

Wits University Press is strategically placed at the crossroads of African and global knowledge production and dissemination. We are committed to publishing well-researched, innovative books for both academic and general readers. Our areas of focus include art and heritage, history and politics biography, literary studies, women’s writing, popular science and select textbooks.

Digital Publishing Manager (Grade AD 07)

Purpose:
This position will suit a dynamic and self-motivated individual with a thorough knowledge of traditional and …


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Wits University Press and WiSER Book Talk on South Africa’s Early 20th Century Black Intellectuals

Lover of His People: A biography of Sol PlaatjeThe People\'s PaperYou are invited to a Wits University Press & WiSER Book Talk on South Africa’s early 20th century black intellectuals. The theme is based on two recent Wits Press books and the discussion will consider how much we have yet to uncover about the writings and thought of South Africa’s early black intellectuals.


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