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

 Monday 11 September 2017.

The National Library of Scotland.



To Register for the Conference you can use our On-line Registration Form : Click HERE
Alternatively You can download a Word Document to Print and post : Click HERE


9.00        Registration

9.20        Welcome

9.30        Keynote and Panel 1: Digitising Historical Sources

Keynote: Saving Archives through Digitisation: Reflections on Endangered Archives Programme Projects in Africa

Jody Butterworth (Endangered Archives Programme)

10.10     Panel 1

The Material Remains of the Church of Scotland Mission in Kenya: Reflections from an “Endangered Archives Project”

Tom Cunningham (University of Edinburgh)

From Zimbabwe to Stirling: Opening up the Peter Mackay Archive

Karl Magee (University of Stirling)

10.50     Questions to keynote speaker and panellists

11.15     Coffee break

11.45     Panel 2: Using Digital Archives for Science and Social Science Research

Repeat Landscape Photography, Historical Ecology and the Wonder of Digital Archives

Dr Rick Rohde (University of Edinburgh), Samantha Luise Venter and Professor M. Timm Hoffman (Plant Conservation Unit, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town). Paper to be delivered by Dr Rohde.

Free Access to Research Publications for Developing Countries: The Research Archive of the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD)

Pier Luigi Rossi (Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), Bondy-France)

12.45     Lunch

13.30     SCOLMA AGM

14.00     Panel 3: Digital Archives in the Aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide

‘Digitising the Gacaca Archive, Rwanda: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities’

Marilyn Deegan and Geoff Laycock (King’s College London and ScanDataExperts)

Digital Archives in a Changing Rwanda

Hannah Grayson (University of St Andrews) and Paul Rukesha (Aegis Trust, Rwanda) to be delivered by Professor Nicki Hitchcott on the authors’ behalf

       ‘Sudan Memory: Using Digitisation to Preserve and Promote At-Risk Culture’

Marilyn Deegan and Geoff Laycock (King’s College London and ScanDataExperts)


15.30     Tea break

16.00     Panel 4: Archivists, Researchers and Digitisation

Making African Academic Resources Accessible: The Story of the Kwabena Nketia Archives 65 Years On

Judith Opoku-Boateng (University of Ghana)

       Preserving Africa’s Archives and Information through Digitization – Case Studies from Digital Divide Data

Peres Were (Africa Partnerships, Digital Divide Data)

       Digital Documents: How to Stimulate Usage

Jos Damen (African Studies Centre, University of Leiden)

17.30     Close

SCOLMA thanks the National Library of Scotland, Adam Matthew 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).

SCOLMA Annual Conference 2016: African Medicine Matters

SCOLMA Annual Conference 2016

African Medicine Matters: documenting encounters in medical practice and healthcare

Alison Richard Building, Cambridge. 6 September 2016

To Register for the Conference you can use our On-line Registration Form : Click HERE
Alternatively You can download a Word Document to Print and post : Click HERE


9: 00    Registration

9:15    Welcome

9:20    Keynote Address


Dr Benson Mulemi, Catholic University of East Africa

Dialectical construction and deconstruction of contemporary African Medicine.


10:15   Panel 1

Dr Anne Samson, Great War in Africa Association

Medical Practices in World War I Africa


Dr Tony Jewell

Colonial Medicine in East Africa in War and Peace 1910-1932


11:15     Coffee Break


11:30   Panel 2

Marcia Tiede, Area Studies Cataloguer (Africana): Northwestern University

Indigenous Care in Mali, Examples from the Cahiers Ponty


Korklu A Laryea, University of Mines & Technology, Tarkwa

Aawon Amewuda Kartey (1895-2010): A life of an ‘aborted Christian faith’ and traditional medicinal practice


12:30   Film

Asha Ahmed Mwilu, Independent filmmaker from Nairobi, will introduce her documentary about traditional and western medicine in Kenya.

1.00     Lunch

1.50    SCOLMA AGM

2.15    Panel 3

Benjamin Bronnert Walker, Wellcome Trust doctoral student in the Department of History, University of York

Christianity in the Age of Technocracy: Mission, Development and International Health in Ghana, 1919-1983


Sophie Smith, Adam Matthew

Animal attacks, dysentery epidemics and childbirth: Creating a digital archive of medical missionary experiences in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Dr Elinor Rooks, University of Leeds

Ebola Zombies and Vampire Scientists: Public Responses and Disease Control in Ebola and Sleeping Sickness


3.45     Tea Break

4.00     Panel 4

Erick V. A. Gbodossou, MD President PROMETRA International Dakar, Senegal

Virginia Davis Floyd, MD, MPH Vice President PROMETRA International Atlanta, GA USA

The PROMETRA International Journey: Traditional Medicine In Africa

Anselm Adodo and Jamie Hitchen, Africa Research Institute

Traditional Medicine as an alternative health care delivery system in Africa: An example from Nigeria

Dr Alistair G. Tough, University of Glasgow

Audit culture, overseas donors and medical record keeping.  Some comments based on Tanzanian experience.


5:30     Conclusion


Gathering for drinks at local pub


SCOLMA thanks the following for support for the conference: Adam Matthew, Taylor and Francis, Alison Richard Building

 This programme is subject to change.

To book a place please contact Lucy McCann – lucy.mccann@bodleian.ox.ac.uk .


Forward to Freedom: The history of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement 1959- 1994

A new website drawing on the Anti-Apartheid Movement archive at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, has been launched at a reception at South Africa House, London, on 20th March. ‘Forward to Freedom: the history of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement, 1959-1994’ (http://www.aamarchives.org) features video, documents, posters, photographs, badges and other items and interviews with 30 activists and supporters including politicians  Barbara Castle and David Steel, both AAM Presidents in the 1960s, trade union leader Ron Todd and musician Jerry Dammers. The website summarises the history of the Movement and describes the campaigns it organised, such as the consumer and sports boycotts, arms embargo and support for political prisoners, and the groups involved, ranging from students and trade unions to local authorities and professional groups.

The website is part of a wider education project that includes a pop-up exhibition with 22 display boards on anti-apartheid campaigns and support groups which is available for loan. An education pack for Key Stage 3 is in course of preparation.