Dr Elizabeth Le Roux

Dr Elizabeth Le Roux

South Africa

University of Pretoria

Information Science

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Work and Research

My career may be divided in two halves. For ten years, I worked in scholarly publishing, at the Africa Institute of South Africa and then as director of Unisa Press. During that time, I developed a basic research profile, improving my academic qualifications, presenting papers at international conferences, and publishing research articles. In 2009, I joined the University of Pretoria to coordinate the Publishing Studies unit in the Department of Information Science. I completed my PhD thesis in 2013, under the supervision of Archie Dick. My research focuses on the history of publishing in South Africa and on the African continent more broadly.

Fields Of Expertise

Information Studies
Book History
Publishing Studies

Research Profiles

My vision for the future of research at UP and how I will contribute to this development

I dream of developing the Publishing Studies unit in the Department of Information Science into a centre of excellence that can attract students and scholars from throughout the African continent. The history of publishing and print culture on the African continent is, as I have shown in my own research, much longer than generally recognized and there is great potential for studies revealing the depth and richness of the continent's engagement with print culture. I think that this focus on South Africa as part of Africa is our unique strength, and we are well positioned at UP to take the lead in this regard - because of our position, our resources, and our access to skills.