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Call for Papers: ‘Things come together?: Literary archives from, in and for Africa’

SCOLMA Annual Conference 

‘Things come together?: Literary archives from, in and for Africa’ 

Monday 10 September 2018, University of Birmingham



This conference 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. This conference will look at archives generated by novelists, poets and dramatists, whether in oral or written form and whether in modern or ‘traditional’ genres.

Papers are invited on archives in private ownership, and those held in institutions. What is being lost, and what is being preserved? How are these resources being made available, and how are they being used to engage with African publics? What is the role of literary heirs as guardians of these archives? How are these records being managed in public and institutional archives? What are the problems and opportunities of preserving such recent material?

A further set of questions includes the role of these archives in helping to bring about change in the teaching of literature; the linguistic content and context of this material; and special considerations relating to oral archives.

Subjects might include, but are not limited to:

Availability/accessibility of literary archives

Literature in African languages


Oral archives

Street literature

The impact of new media on African literary archives

Engagement with communities

The archives of individual writers

Researchers, writers and their family members, archivists and librarians are invited to submit abstracts of up to 500 words for consideration for this conference to Sarah Rhodes (sarah.rhodes@bodleian.ox.ac.uk) by 31 March 2018. Please include your institutional affiliation and/or a short (one paragraph) biography.

This conference is held in association with the African Studies Association (UK). The biannual conference of ASAUK will be held at the University of Birmingham 11–13 September 2018. For more details see http://www.asauk.net/asauk-2018-conference-11-13-september-university-of-birmingham/.

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
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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).

Languages of Citizenship in Translation

The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Languages of Citizenship in Translation:Conversations Across Africa and the Indian Ocean
Friday, 16 March 2012 to Saturday, 17 March 2012
Location: CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge

For further information