SCOLMA Conference 2021 (online) – Booking now open!

Booking is now open for the SCOLMA Conference 2021, Monday 14th June.

The conference will be split into a morning session (10:00-12:50) and an afternoon session (14:00-16:00) please book both events to receive the links to attend both of the sessions.

Bookings close 24 hours before the start of each event, and you will receive the links to join and abstracts via the email you register with on Eventbrite.



Morning Session (to book the morning session 10:00-12:50 please see our Eventbrite page)

10.00                 Welcome 

10.05–10.50   Keynote

‘Empowering African Languages through Publishing: Whose Responsibility?’

Munyao Kilolo (Ngugi wa Thiong’o Foundation and Jalada Africa, Kenya)

10.50–11.00    Break 

11.00–11.40    Panel 1:  African Languages and Library Collections, Past and Present

‘Bible translations into African Languages and Missionary Records in the Bible Society Archives’
Onesimus Ngudu (Bible Society Collection, University of Cambridge Library, UK)

‘Africa in the SOAS Library Special Collections’
Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb (SOAS Special Collections, University of London, UK), in cooperation with Dawn Wright (SOAS Library, University of London, UK)

11.40–11.50   Break

11.50–12.50   Panel 2: Yorùbá? and Beyond  

‘The Yorùbá Language Collections at the British Library’
Kólá Túbòsún (Yorùbá Names Project, Lagos, Nigeria)

‘From Crude Journalism to the Mainstreaming of an Indigenous-language Newspaper: Lessons from Alaroye’
Francis Amenaghawon (North-West University, South Africa) and Abiodun Salawu (Indigenous Language Media in Africa Research Entity(ILMA), North-West University, South                                  Africa)

‘Afrocentric Commemorations WW1’
Dr Yewande Okuleye (University of Leicester, UK)

12.50–14.00  Lunch break 


Afternoon Session (to book the afternoon session 14:00-16:00 please see our Eventbrite page)

14.00–14.40  Panel 3:  African Languages and Library Collections, Past and Present 

‘African-language Publishing and the British Library’s Collections’
Marion Wallace (British Library, UK)

‘Somali language books in Leiden’
Jos Damen (African Studies Centre Library, University of Leiden, Netherlands)

14.40–14.50  Break 

14.50–15.50  Panel 4: African languages in teaching, publishing and research 

‘Language and Scholarship: A Survey of Materials in the Ghanaian Local Languages in the Johannes Zimmermann Library’
Korklu A Laryea (University Library, University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, Ghana) and Rosina A Anati Budu (Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture,                 Akropong-Akuapem, Ghana)

‘Publishing in the Media of Indigenous Languages: Is it Worth it?’
Kgomotso Mothokhumo Ambitious Theledi (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa)

‘The Papa Mfumu’Eto 1er Papers as a teaching resource’
Daniel Reboussin (George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, USA)

15.50–16.00 Summing up  


16.15–17.00  SCOLMA AGM (To attend the AGM – please contact Sarah Rhodes for the Zoom link)

*SAVE THE DATE!* – SCOLMA Conference (Online) Monday 14th June

Oun a ní la ? gbé l’árug? – (It is the heritage we have that we must celebrate): Publishing, Collecting and Accessing African-language Materials

*Monday 14 June 2021*

What is the state of African-language publishing and creativity today, and how has it changed? How should libraries and archives collect, provide access to and promote African-language material?

This year’s conference of SCOLMA (the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa) will take place on 14 June 2021 online.

Save the date now! More details, and instructions on how to register, will follow.

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Statement on the fire at the University of Cape Town (Jagger Library) on the 18th April 2021

SCOLMA is saddened to hear of the damage caused to the Jagger Library and its collections by the fire which broke out on Table Mountain last weekend.  The Library and its preeminent collections have been used by students and researchers for generations, and have contributed to learning and leading scholarly research on Africa.

SCOLMA hopes to learn more on how we can help our colleagues at UCT to recover from this tragedy.

Please see this Nature Briefing which includes a call for photos and digital scans of the library’s collections: ‘The damage is total’: fire rips through historic South African library and plant collection

News on a fundraising initiative at the University has been announced here: Fire affecting the Rondebosch campus of the University of Cape Town (UCT)


SCOLMA Committee – 23rd April 2021

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