About

Reading Zimbabwe is an independent not-for-profit digital platform committed to discover and celebrate Zimbabwean literatures and to place them before the largest possible audience. The project was born out of a curiosity for a deeper understanding of the nature and extent of knowledge production, dissemination and use around the subject of 'Zimbabwe.' While this information is available on the internet, it is scattered, as such Reading Zimbabwe is the first archive of its kind, containing book metadata and its derivatives which we hope are relevant in understanding Zimbabwe and its myriad stories.

Of the many facets this project attempts to deal with, we will highlight four in particular:
● the paramount importance of hierarchies in the existing knowledge order,
● the relationship of reciprocal legitimation between knowledge and power,
● the transnational production of knowledge related to Zimbabwe, and
● the political economy of the commercialization of knowledge.

Development

We add new entries regularly, so please, always check back for updates. The site is undergoing testing while data build-up continues. Access is open source to individuals and institutions, cite us where possible.

Languages

The site is currently indexed in English. Extension to Shona and Ndebele will be considered in the course of time.

Library

Reading Zimbabwe is largely a virtual project. The ultimate aim is to build a physical People's Library to complement poorly resourced libraries in Zimbabwe. The People's Library will double up as a community center in Harare. We endeavour to collect most of the books on this site, and be led to many other relevant books that we still don't know exist and make them accessible to a community of readers that needs them.

Team

Content Curation: Dr. Tinashe Mushakavanhu
Design & Layout: Nontsikelelo Mutiti
Development & Design: Corey Tegeler