SCOLMA Annual Conference
“There came a darkness” : Africa, Africans and World War I
17 July 2015
The British Library – 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB.
The first shot fired for Britain in the First World War was from the rifle of an African soldier in West Africa. The last German troops to surrender did so on African soil, in today’s Zambia. In between African soldiers and civilians paid a heavy price in blood and lives and their societies and outlook were changed for ever. Recent scholarship, reflected in the commemorations and publications for the centenary of the outbreak of the war recognise that Africa was much more than a sideshow in a truly global conflict.
9.40 Keynote speech: Edward Paice
The Pike Report and Captain Caulfeild: Emerging Voices and Commemoration of the Great War in Africa
10.50 Panel 1
10.50-11.10 Holgar Hansen, Copenhagen - Karen Blixen: a Danish view on the War in Africa
11.10-11.30 David Stuart-Mogg, Society of Malawi – Frederick Njilima, M.M.: an unlikely African hero of the Western Front
11.30-11.50 John Pinfold, Oxford and Alison Metcalfe, National Library of Scotland -The African Experience of the East African Campaign: some new oral and photographic evidence
12.00 Panel 2
12.00-12.20 Anne Samson, Independent Researcher Duty to Empire? South Africa’s invasion of German South West Africa
12.20-12.40 Terry Barringer, Cambridge “ When you hear of wars and rumours of war”: reading about the War in Africa in missionary periodicals
12.40-1.00 Martin Plaut tbc Introduction to slide show which will be showing over lunch
1.50 SCOLMA AGM
2.15 Panel 3
2.15-2.35 Daniel Steinbach, King’s College London Colonial Encounters in War Photography by British Soldiers during the First World War in East Africa
2.35-2.55 Allyson Lewis, Essex County Record Office The Forgotten Front – experiences of Essex men fighting in East Africa
2.55-3.15 Dan Gilfoyle, National Archives Critical reading: the war diaries of the King’s African Rifles
3.50 Panel 4
3.50-4.10 Sarah Longair, British Museum A fitting memento of Peace: compromise and conflict in constructing Zanzibar’s Peace Memorial Museum
4.10-4.30 Ben Knighton, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies Consequences of World War One for Empire in East Africa: Mission as political grievance among Christian Agikuyu, Kenya
4.30-4.50 Iris Wigge, Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University The transnationality and intersectionality of Anti-Black racism in the aftermath of the Great War. Revisiting the ‘Black Horror’ Campaign.
SCOLMA thanks the following for support for the conference: The British Library; Taylor and Francis; Adam Matthew.
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