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“Online engagement, African archives & digital public history” – SCOLMA 2024 Online Seminar Series

Join us ONLINE for the last of five seminars in “African Studies in the Digital Age” – SCOLMA’s 2024 Seminar Series

Poster with details of Apr 24th seminar

About the seminar: Online engagement, African archives & digital public history

Wednesday April 24th Online from 13:00-14:00 BST. Register now!

If you’ve enjoyed our past seminars, conferences, or simply would like to support SCOLMA, please consider donating any amount you can when you get your free ticket to this seminar.

“The exponential development of digital tools and platforms from Whatsapp to Digital Humanities have radically shifted opportunities for public history – new opportunities for collective sense-making and narrating the past. This final round table in the SCOLMA seminar season addresses the work involved in engaging discussion around African collections through these platforms, re-mixing and connecting collections, short-circuiting colonial logics.

In very diverse ways our three panellists have developed projects that have brought together transnational audiences and African collections: Érika Melek Delgado (King’s College, London) co-director of the Freedom Narratives Database, JC Niala (History of Science Museum, Oxford) who has led UK discussion on transforming community access to African collections, and Anne Samson (independent historian) founder of the online Great War in Africa Association. We’ll hear from them about the successes and difficulties of virtual collaboration, in creating and sustaining online audiences and projects, and what they have learned through their processes about the needs and interests of online audiences for UK African collections.”

About the series: This seminar has been added to a series page where you’re able to see all past events in the series. The recordings of all 5 seminars will be posted to the SCOLMA YouTube channel in due time following our last seminar.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the SCOLMA committee had to change the final seminar date from April 17th to April 24th. We look forward to having you join us on Wednesday April 24th at 13:00 BST, and apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

 

“Publishing, Platforms, & African Literature in the Digital Age” – SCOLMA 2024 Online Seminar Series

Join us ONLINE for the fourth of five seminars in “African Studies in the Digital Age” – SCOLMA’s 2024 Seminar Series

Speaker bios/date/time Seminar 4 2024

About the Seminar: Publishing, Platforms, & African Literature in the Digital Age

Wednesday March 13th Online from 13:00-14:00 GMT. Register now!

“In the last decade social media, ebooks, and other digital platforms have been transforming how and where writers are read. This seminar explores the ways in which these changes have affected the production, circulation and collecting of literature from the African continent.

Chaired by Professor Madhu Krishnan (University of Bristol), this session brings together Professor Ainehi Edoro-Glines (UW-Madison, Brittle Paper) and Julian Russ (Baobab e-Book Services). Each panellist, in very different ways, brings a career-long perspective on promoting African writing and exploring the technical, economic, social and cultural implications of digital platforms for authors, for publishers and for reading publics. In this roundtable we will explore the implications of their work for those who manage library and archive collections.”

About the Series:

This FREE and ONLINE series of 5 seminars returns to the theme of a SCOLMA publication from 2014, ‘African Studies in the Digital Age’. Through a programme of discussion events we will be exploring some key ways in which this field has changed over that decade.

The season will address a variety of topics including digital repatriation projects, new modes of sharing, researching and teaching with digital collections, collecting born digital records, and the creative re-use and curation of digital heritage.

Each event in the season is intended to be structured as a conversation or round table, and the season will include collection holders, researchers, digital experts and artists from the UK, the African continent and beyond.

The focus, given our key audience, will in large part be on the practicalities and challenges of doing this kind of work. Our aim is to share knowledge, stimulate discussion on best practice, and identify key opportunities in the field.

Seminars will take place on Wednesdays from 13:00-13:55 GMT:

January 31st
February 14th
February 28th
March 13th
April 17th

The topics, speakers, and registration information will be posted ahead of the respective seminar.

Support SCOLMA

UK Library & Archives Group on Africa (SCOLMA) is a registered charity (No. 325086). As a non-profit organisation, we would love your help in continuing our mission to provide the best possible service for academics, students and other researchers working in African studies. We publish a journal, Africa Bibliography, Research and Documentation, run a directory of African Studies libraries, organise conferences and seminars, and network with other librarians, archivists and researchers, in the UK, Europe, Africa and the US. We also act as an expert body providing specialist advice.

Please consider donating any amount you can when you get your free ticket.

“Digital (Re)Connections and Dispersed Collections” – SCOLMA 2024 Online Seminar Series

Join us ONLINE for the third of five seminars in “African Studies in the Digital Age” – SCOLMA’s 2024 Seminar Series

Poster of seminar speakers and details for seminar 3 2024

 

About the Seminar: Digital (Re)Connections and Dispersed Collections

Wednesday February 28th Online from 13:00-14:00 GMT. Register now!

This seminar brings into conversation researchers working with material that has been dispersed by colonial violence. What forms of work are necessary to reunite, make sense of and generate access to historically dispersed collections? What role can the digital (from the high-tech to the ad hoc) play in these processes? Where does the technical meet other kinds of social, cultural and political challenges?

Chaired by Jenni Skinner (University of Cambridge), Imogen Coulson (Independent Researcher) and Osaisonor Godfrey Ekhator-Obogie (University of Benin) will discuss some of the possibilities and challenges raised by the project ‘Digital Benin’ which provides a virtual overview of the artefacts looted from the Benin Kingdom in the nineteenth century. Tim Livsey (University of Northumberland) will present his ongoing work in the project ‘Stolen Archives’ that explores the ‘migrated archives’, FCO 141, including the history of the extraction of records from former colonial territories by the British government, and their potential use for historians of Africa today.

About the Series:

This FREE and ONLINE series of 5 seminars returns to the theme of a SCOLMA publication from 2014, ‘African Studies in the Digital Age’. Through a programme of discussion events we will be exploring some key ways in which this field has changed over that decade.

The season will address a variety of topics including digital repatriation projects, new modes of sharing, researching and teaching with digital collections, collecting born digital records, and the creative re-use and curation of digital heritage.

Each event in the season is intended to be structured as a conversation or round table, and the season will include collection holders, researchers, digital experts and artists from the UK, the African continent and beyond.

The focus, given our key audience, will in large part be on the practicalities and challenges of doing this kind of work. Our aim is to share knowledge, stimulate discussion on best practice, and identify key opportunities in the field.

Seminars will take place on Wednesdays from 13:00-13:55 GMT:

January 31st
February 14th
February 28th
March 13th
April 17th

The topics, speakers, and registration information will be posted ahead of the respective seminar.

Support SCOLMA

UK Library & Archives Group on Africa (SCOLMA) is a registered charity (No. 325086). As a non-profit organisation, we would love your help in continuing our mission to provide the best possible service for academics, students and other researchers working in African studies. We publish a journal, Africa Bibliography, Research and Documentation, run a directory of African Studies libraries, organise conferences and seminars, and network with other librarians, archivists and researchers, in the UK, Europe, Africa and the US. We also act as an expert body providing specialist advice.

Please consider donating any amount you can when you get your free ticket.