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July 17, 2015

SCOLMA Conference 2015

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.


 9.15             Registration
9.30             Welcome

9.40             Keynote speech: Edward Paice

The Pike Report and Captain Caulfeild: Emerging Voices and  Commemoration of the Great War in Africa

10.30            Coffee

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

11.50-12.00  Questions

 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

1.00-1.10     Questions

1.10             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

3.15-3.30     Questions

 3.30            Tea

 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.

 4.50-5.00     Questions

 5.00             Close

 5.00-6.00      Reception

 SCOLMA thanks the following for support for the conference: The British Library; Taylor and Francis; Adam Matthew.

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