Launch of Isabel Hofmeyr’s new book: Gandhi’s Printing Press Experiments in Slow Reading

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013 - 17:30

Gandhi's Printing Press CoverWiSER and the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa (CISA) invite you to the Launch of  

Isabel Hofmeyr’s new book

Gandhi’s Printing Press

Experiments in Slow Reading

Published by Harvard University Press



 At the same time that Gandhi, as a young lawyer in South Africa,  began fashioning the tenets of his political philosophy, he was absorbed by a seemingly unrelated enterprise: creating a newspaper.  Gandhi’s Printing Press is an account of how this project, an apparent footnote to a titanic career, shaped the man who would become the world-changing Mahatma. Pioneering publisher, experimental editor, ethical anthologist - these roles reveal a Gandhi developing the qualities and talents that would later define him.

 Gandhi was one of history’s most avid experimenters. His most audacious form of utopianism was often nothing more than simple and ingenious experiments.  Hofmeyr tells the remarkable story, with elegance and great learning, of how Gandhi imagined a radically different world simply by attending to the potentialities of the printing press. Very few books on Gandhi capture the minutiae and horizons of his world with such riveting intelligence.”

- Uday Mehta, City University of New York

Guest Speaker: Imraan Coovadia (UCT)

Tuesday, 28th May 2013  6:00-7:30

WiSER Seminar Room,
6th Floor, Richard Ward Building,
East Campus, Wits University