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Annual Conference 2014: African Trajectories : Travel & the Archive

July 2, 2014

$20 – $40

SCOLMA’s 2014 conference takes place on Wednesday 2nd July, 9.15am – 5.30pm, at the University of Birmingham, UK. Librarians, archivists, academics, students and anyone with an interest in the study of travel to, in and from Africa are warmly invited to attend. Participants will also have the chance to tour the Special Collections at the Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham


9.15             Welcome

9.30       Keynote speech: Endless Possibilities: Why Africa Keeps Travel Writing Alive

Noo Saro-Wiwa, author of Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria

10.15            Introduction to the Special Collections at the Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham

Martin Killeen, Rare Books Librarian, Cadbury Research Library

10.45            Coffee

11.15            Panel 1 Travel writing as journalism and social media

Nigerian Domestic Travel Writing and the Archive: Historicising a Century of Nigerian Travel Writing Pioneers in Yoruba and English

Rebecca Jones (University of Birmingham)

On the Historical Trail of African Travel(ler)-Writers: A Century since Solomon Plaatje’s 1914 Sea Narrative and South African Native National Congress Mission

Janet Remmington (University of York)

How to Blog about Africa: Travel Writing in the Digital Age

Caitlin Pearson (SOAS, University of London)

12.45            Lunch

1.30             SCOLMA AGM

2.00             Tour of Special Collections, Cadbury Research Library

2.30             Panel 2    Travel writing as memoir

Tackling Africa: The Resourceful Mrs J. Theodore Bent

Gerald Brisch (Independent Researcher)

Brenda Stones (Freelance Publishing Consultant, Editor and Lecturer)

Travel, Conflict and Futurity in Isaac Fadebayo’s A Stroke of Unbelievable Luck

Oliver Coates (Researcher)

3.30             Tea

4.00             Panel 3   Travel in the archives

Cartography and Travel: Records in the British Library

Ian Cooke (British Library)

An Eagle Eye: African in the Twentieth Century as Viewed by Barclays Bank

Maria Sienkiewicz (Barclays Plc)

Billy Frank (University of Central Lancashire)

5.00             Close

SCOLMA thanks the following for support for the conference: Taylor and Francis; the University of Birmingham; and the Department of African Studies and Anthropology at the University of Birmingham.

Conference venue

The Danford Room
Department of African Studies and Anthropology
Arts Building
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT
For more details, and to book, go to http://scolma.org/events/  or contact:
Lucy McCann
Bodleian Library of Commonwealth & African Studies
Rhodes House
South Parks Road
Oxford, OX1 3RG
Tel: +44 (0) 1865 270908      Email: lucy.mccann@bodleian.ox.ac.uk
This programme is subject to change.



July 2, 2014
$20 – $40
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Danford Room, University of Birmingham
Department of African Studies and Anthropology, Arts Building
Birmingham, B15 2TT United Kingdom

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