Institut zur Erforschung und Förderung österreichischer und internationaler Literaturprozesse
Knowledge Networking in Cultural Studies
Reichenau, May, 24-27, 2001
 TRANS No. 10: 
"Knowledge Networking in Cultural Studies" 
(since June 2001)

Knowledge Production and Knowledge Communication 
Can Internet help overcome the gap between the North and the South?
Simo (Yaounde)

The gap between the North and the South is not only economical and political. It is even more crucial on the field of knowledge production.
The percentage of books produced in the south and especially in Africa is ridiculous compared to what is printed in the North. Until now, the gap has been increasing. With the development of communication through Internet, some people are hoping, that this mode of communication could help overcome the difficulties due to book productions. The advantage is seen in the fact that Internet permits direct communication and eliminates intermediaries who until now had been located in the North and functioned as instances of selection, control and discrimination. But are all problems solved with the new media? With the possibility to communicate knowledge much more easily, there will surely be an increase in the knowledge production from the South. But the access to Internet is still a problem in the South. And the production of knowledge is not only a question of will, but also of means. More over, the field of Knowledge functions exactly like the field of industrial production, it is not enough to produce and to put the products at disposal, you must also bring the others to consume them. Some other conditions have therefore to be fulfilled in order to create a democratic world wide field of knowledge production, communication and consumption.

Papers held at the conference "Knowledge Networking in Cultural Studies" are published in
TRANS. Internet journal for Cultural Studies, No. 10/2001

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