Welcome

Welcome to the New Media and Literary Initiatives in Africa (NEMLIA) database, the multi-form resource on new media, literary and artistic initiatives across the African continent! A faculty-led initiative affiliated with Indiana University’s African Studies Program, NEMLIA is a project dedicated to exploring the important-but-little-understood relationships between the different modes of literary and media production in literature, film, photography, art, and music and issues of intellectual property, copyright, piracy and access.

We are dedicated to bringing together different resources—human, technological, institutional—which enable productive reflection on questions of unequal intellectual and symbolic exchanges, especially as these pertain to Africa-based cultural workers. In these portals, you will encounter and interactively experience the various formats which our on-going efforts have generated. From the links and other resources that are available here, you will see that our collaborators are mostly located on the African continent, but also very much linked to the translocal community that is the African world. We encourage you to stay and explore our interfaces, links, networks, videos and other contents.

This site can be navigated using the tabs in the top right corner. Click on the links to learn more about the Background of this project, members of the Collective, our various Projects, and our Web Archive. This site was first created in the summer of 2013, and will continue to be developed over the coming months, so please to return to follow our progress.