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SCOLMA Conference 2018: Things come together?: Literary archives from, in and for Africa

SCOLMA Conference 2018

Monday, 10 September 2018, University of Birmingham

Lecture Theatre (LR3), 1st Floor, Arts Building


8.30    Registration

8.50    Welcome

9.00    Keynote 1:

Building Collections of African Literary Archives

David Sutton (Reading University Library)


9.40    Panel 1: Archives and Literary Collections

Taking Aim at Archival Practice: An Analysis of Structural and Institutional Processes that Affect Preservation, Availability and Access to Literary Archives in Malawi

Clement Mweso (National Archives of Malawi)

South African Literary Archives after the ‘Archival Turn’: A Case Study of the Guy Butler Collection at the National English Literary Museum

Beth Wyrill (National English Literary Museum, South Africa)

African Holdings of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin

Bernth Lindfors (University of Texas at Austin)


11.10   Coffee break


11.30   Panel 2: Literary Archives in the UK Diaspora

Things We Didn’t Tell You About Because You Didn’t Ask: African Literature in the Collections of London Metropolitan Archives

Maureen Roberts (London Metropolitan Archives)

The Visibility and Accessibility of Literary Archives for Writers and Publishers of African Descent in Britain

Kadija George (University of Brighton)


12.30  Lunch




14.00  Keynote 2

The Christopher Okigbo Papers: From Family Heritage to Public Archive

Sofia Dati (Christoper Okigbo Foundation)


14.40  Panel 3: Writers’ Archives

‘Mothy Pages Went up in Flames after that Painful Resurrection’: Wole Soyinka and Attempts to Establish his Body of Work

James Gibbs

Novices in the Archives

Dr Sue Houchins (Bates College, Lewiston)

 The Bessie Head Epistolary Archive: An Essential Key to Interpreting an Enigmatic Writer

Dr Linda-Susan Beard (Bryn Mawr College)


16.10   Tea break


16.30  Panel 4: Diverse Forms and Formats

 The Islamic Yoruba ‘Waka’ Archive: Issues in Knowledge and Identity Generation and Perpetuation

Amidu Olalekan Sanni (Fountain University, Osogbo)

 Mr. Alidu’s Sound Archive and the Politics of Preservation

Katie Young (Royal Holloway, University of London)

African Street Literatures and the Future of Literary Form

Kalle Laajala (Nordic Africa Institute), Nicklas Hållén (Uppsala University) and Mattias Åkesson (Nordic Africa Institute)


18.00  Close

SCOLMA thanks ASAUK, the University of Birmingham and Taylor & Francis for their support of the conference.

This programme is subject to change.

Conference fee £50 (£30 unwaged) to include tea/coffee and lunch.

To book a place contact Sarah Rhodes (sarah.rhodes@bodleian.ox.ac.uk).

Poster and Programme

Derek Ingram Papers now catalogued

The papers of Derek Ingram (1925-2018), journalist, author and authority on the Commonwealth, have been catalogued and are available to researchers at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies Library in Senate House, University of London. After working for the Daily Mail for seventeen years Ingram was a founder of Gemini News Service in 1967 which provided news and commentary from across the world. In 1978 he helped to found the Commonwealth Journalists Association and regularly covered Commonwealth summits.

The papers include material relating to Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ meetings, interviews with the leaders of Commonwealth countries and coverage of elections and Commonwealth Games. The African material particularly relates to Rhodesis/Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi and includes Ingram’s involvement with the Britain-Tanzania Society, Britain-Zimbabwe Society and Zambia Society.

Further information and the catalogue can be found at http://archives.libraries.london.ac.uk/Details/archive/110051898 .

Bookings now open for SCOLMA 2018 Conference

Bookings are now open for the SCOLMA 2018 Conference which will be held at the University of Birmingham, Monday 10th September.

‘Things come together?: Literary archives from, in and for Africa’ will explore African literary archives, their creation, preservation, digitisation and use in research and teaching. African literature is multi-faceted and multi-lingual. Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart (1958) not only signalled the first stages of a new outpouring of literary creativity in Africa, but also built upon long literary traditions, both oral and written. The conference will look at archives generated by novelists, poets and dramatists, whether in oral or written form and whether in modern or ‘traditional’ genres.

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