Call for Papers ‘Document to Digital: How does Digitisation Aid African Research?’ SCOLMA Annual Conference 2017

SCOLMA’s annual conference will take place on Monday 11 September 2017 at the National Library of Scotland and have the theme ‘Document to Digital: How does Digitisation Aid African Research?’. The Call for Papers can be seen at and abstracts are invited by 24 April 2017.

Seminar on ‘Reporting Africa’ on 15 February 2017

Melanie Bunce, senior lecturer in Journalism at City University and co-editor of Africa’s Media Image in the 21st Century, will be speaking on “Reporting Africa: New storytellers, new stories?” on Wednesday 15th February.  The seminar, organised by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Jounalism at the University of Oxford,  will be held in the Barclay Room at Green Templeton College, 43 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HG at 2pm. All are welcome.

University of Stirling Archives launches crowdfunding campaign for African Archive

The University of Stirling Archives has launched its first crowdfunding campaign to open up the Peter Mackay Archive. Mackay (1926-2013) was a tireless campaigner for African liberation, becoming politically active shortly after emigrating to Rhodesia in 1948. Following his death in Zimbabwe in 2013 the archive was carefully packed up by his family and shipped to Stirling. Mackay’s family hailed from the town of Doune, near Stirling, and it was his wish that the university become the custodians of his papers.

The campaign will run until the 24th January 2017 on the Crowdfunder website. Our target of £8,000 will support the essential work of cataloguing, conservation and digitisation, which will improve access to this new resource. Further details can be found at:

Karl Magee

University Archivist

University of Stirling