CALL FOR PAPERS: SCOLMA 60th Anniversary Conference


SCOLMA 60th Anniversary Conference

Africa and the Environment: Documenting and Archiving a Changing Climate

Wednesday 29 June 2022

SOAS, London and online


Africa’s natural environment is rich and diverse, ranging from its wildlife and plants to its land and resources. It is also one of the continents most severely affected by climate change, with increasingly erratic weather events adversely impacting biodiversity, agriculture and those living there. This conference will explore library and archive materials relating to Africa and the environment and how they are collected, catalogued, preserved and used in research and teaching. We would welcome papers relating to a range of media including documents and manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, historical printed collections, audio-visual material and born-digital material.

Subjects might include:

How the archives of individuals and organisations working on environmental issues are being preserved and made available

How library and archive materials are used to chart and address climate change

How collections are used to research renewable energy in Africa

How current field research is being preserved and published

How environmental challenges affect libraries and archives in Africa and how they respond

Librarians, archivists and researchers are invited to submit abstracts of up to 350 words for consideration to Sarah Rhodes ( by 31 March 2022.

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