Growing the Knowledge Economy through Research, Writing, Publishing and Reading is this years’ theme for the Zimbabwe International Book Fair (ZIBF) set for 27 July – 1 August 2015 with The Indaba Conference slated for 27 and 28 July. According to the Call for papers published by ZIBF, the theme is derived from the many diverse recommendations made by participants at the conclusion of the 2014 Indaba.
The call for papers has many other sub-themes as follows Research, Writing and the Creative Industries, Marketing and Distribution of Books, Book Policy, Intellectual Property, Copyright and Heritage Knowledge, Libraries as Temples of Knowledge, and Publishing in the Digital Revolution. The Chair of ZIBF Executive Board, Mr. Musaemura Zimunya said that, “The subject of Creative Industries and the Knowledge Economy is a vast contemporary phenomenon that cuts across all forms of creativity, storytelling, writing, publishing, architecture, graphics, dancing, technology, theatre, the film industry, motivational speaking, advertising etc. “
Mr. Zimunya further said, “Our view is that it is time we engaged this illuminating contemporary subject which would more than adequately address the interests of a vast majority of our stakeholders and bolster the impact of the arts and humanities research in the creative economy, at large where the new digital revolutions beckon ceaselessly for those eager to exploit the opportunities they offer.”
In 2013 ZIBF was held from September 30, 2013 to October 5, 2013 under the theme ZIBF@30: Enabling Creativity, Writing, Publishing and Reading for Africa’s Growth. The 2014 theme was Indigenous Languages, Literature Art and Knowledge Systems of Africa where 52 exhibitors participated with 46 local and 6 international.
Founded in 1983, ZIBF as an association of book publishing industry stakeholders of Zimbabwe has mandates that include bringing together primary, key and secondary stakeholders of the book industry to celebrate the achievements of the sector through discussions, exhibitions and live literature. The objectives of ZIBF are to:
- Uphold the right of the peoples of Africa to have full access to books, which are culturally and materially relevant to their reading needs.
- Uphold the right to freedom of expression and the fullest possible exchange of information through books and other reading materials.
- Promote professionalism and fair practice in Africa’s book and allied industries, and
4. Provide total customer satisfaction through personalized quality service to all ZIBF participants.
The call for papers is inviting abstracts of not more than 500 words up to 22 May 2015 for reviewing by the ZIBF Indaba organizers and final papers should be submitted to the above e-mail addresses by 30 June 2015. More on the call for papers can be accessed on the ZIBF website