Origins and chronological account of the development of the website|
"Lire les femmes écrivains et les littératures africaines"
 Arlette Chemain-Degrange (teaching in Congo) drafts her study "Emancipation féminine et roman africain (published in 1980). In that she wrote : "to date, no [African] woman has ever thought her own condition and shaped it into a literary fiction or poetry" (p.23).
 Aminata Sow Fall (from Senegal) publishes her novel "Le Revenant" (Dakar: Nouvelles Editions Africaines).
 Mariama Bâ (from Senegal) publishes "Une si longue lettre" (Dakar: Nouvelles Editions Africaines).
 Kembe Milolo (studying in Switzerland) publishes her thesis "L'image de la femme chez les romancières de l'Afrique noire francophone" (Fribourg: Editions universitaires). Her book mentions 15 novels by Francophone African women (p.51).
 The University of Western Australia funds a survey of novels by Francophone African women writers with the view to including female African authors in the French Department's unit on Francophone literature.
 Beverley Ormerod and Jean-Marie Volet publish a first annotated bibliography of "Francophone women writers from sub-Saharan Africa" in African Literature Association 18-4.
 An expanded version of the bibliography, including biographical notes on the authors, is published under the title Romancières africaines d'expression française : le sud du Sahara (Paris: l'Harmattan). [See foreword of the book]
 Jean-Marie Volet (Research Fellow at UWA) envisages loading on the server of UWA Arts Faculty some of the material gathered during his research on Francophone women writers. He designs a first version of the website "Lire les femmes écrivains...". [See initial draft]
 Permission is granted by the Journal AMINA to include their literary interviews on the site; all the African women writers known to the UWA team are contacted by letter to register their interest in collaborating with the webesite. [See letter]
 Upgrade of the site by a professional web designer [See archive]; the site is selected to be showcased on EDSITEment (USA); addition of Anglophone and Lusophone authors to the site by Tony Simoes da Silva.
 Anglophone and Lusophone African women writers are shifted to a separate and independent website managed by Tony Simoes da Silva (Lecturer in Exeter, UK).
 New logo and new design of the site home page.
 "Lire les femmes écrivains et les littératures africaines" is Number One on Google for "African women writers". Jean-Marie Volet answers Gabriel YANDJOU's questions regarding the site. [See interviews]
 Following the migration of the site to the new University server, the old URL http://www.arts.uwa.edu.au/AFLIT/ is replaced by http://aflit.arts.uwa.edu.au/. The site has been live for ten years, it is widely consulted, lists more than 300 authors and includes in excess of 200 interviews.
 Inclusion of a sample of women authors from various origins testifying to the interpenetration of cultures in Africa.
[Women writing Africa in colonial times] [19th century writing] [20th century writing]
 Beginnings of bi-monthly book reviews [Not to be missed] dedicated to novels written by women writers interested in things African.
 The home page is modified and [Notes de lecture], a new section consisting of book reviews found on the web is added to the site (in French).
 Desktop publishing and readers' expectations. [Commentary]. Archiving of many pages. Collection of usage statistics for the website (Google Analytics).
 The home page is modified and [Videos], a new section consisting of a list of videos available on the web is added to the site.
 AFLIT celebrate 20 years online and a [brief overview of the site's évolution over the years] bears witness to the phenomenal dévelopement of the Internet since the its emergence.