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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

Programme

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

 

13.30  SCOLMA AGM

 

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

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.

Full event programme, pricing details, and booking contact:

https://scolma.org/event/scolma-conference-2018-things-come-together-literary-archives-from-in-and-for-africa/

Please see the online booking form here:

https://scolma.org/scolma-2018-conference-on-line-booking-form/

 

Call for Papers out for African Literary Archives Conference

SCOLMA’s annual conference, ‘Things come together?: literary archives from, in and for Africa’, will take place at the University of Birmingham on Monday 10 September 2018.

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

Translation

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/