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SCOLMA Annual Conference 2019 – ‘Decolonising African Studies: questions and dilemmas for libraries, archives and collections’

Decolonising African Studies: questions and dilemmas for libraries, archives and collections

Monday, 10 June 2019, University of Edinburgh

Appleton Tower 2.12, 11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9LE

 Programme

 9.00                Introductions

 9.05–10.20    Panel 1 – Decolonising library collections

Jenni Skinner, Mehves Dignum and Clara Panozzo Zénere (Cambridge University)

‘Decolonising library collections and practices at Cambridge University’

 

Justin Cox (African Books Collective) and Stephanie Kitchen (International African Institute)

‘African Books Collective: African published books for the North’

 

Gerard van Der Bruinhorst (African Studies Centre Library, University of Leiden)

‘On rape and revenge: reading Peggy Oppong’s “Red heifer” against the decolonisation of African Studies collections’

 

10.20–10.45 Coffee

 

10.45–12.15   Panel 2 – Decolonisation and archives in Southern Africa 

Mathias Fubah Alubafi (Human Sciences Research Council)

‘The HSRC Archives (1929–1968) in a changing South Africa’

 

Ken Chisa (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

‘Decolonising indigenous knowledge (IK) in South African archives: can policy learn from practice?

 

Livingstone Muchefa (National Archives of Zimbabwe) tbc

‘The archivist and the scholar: re-interpretation and re-location of colonial archives’

 

12.15–13.30   Lunch & AGM

 

13.30–15.00 Panel 3 – Archival histories and migrations

James Lowry (Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies)

‘Repatriation is decolonisation’

 

Fabienne Chamelot (University of Portsmouth)

‘Splitting the colonial archives in half: archival expertise and decolonisation in West Africa, 1958–1960’

 

Isabelle Dion (Archives nationales d’outre-mer, France)

‘French decolonisation and archives’ (this paper will be delivered in French)

 

15.00–15.30 Tea

 

15.30–17.00  Panel 4 – Working with heritage collections

 Ahmed Hussein Abdelrahman Adam (University of Khartoum) tbc

‘Sudanese collections in the UK: current situation and challenges’

 

Joanne Davis

‘Accessing UK archival holdings from Africa’

 

Chimwemwe Phiri tbc

‘Unearthing new meanings: a decolonial framework for accessing and translating the Africa colonial archive at the Weston Library, University of Oxford’

 

17.00–18.00  Round table

The round table will provide an opportunity to discuss some of the issues raised during the conference in relation to the collections of major libraries and archives in the UK and internationally.

 

SCOLMA thanks ECAS, the University of Edinburgh, ASAUK 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).

Call For Papers – ‘Decolonising African Studies: questions and dilemmas for libraries, archives and collections’

SCOLMA Annual Conference

 Decolonising African Studies : questions and dilemmas for libraries, archives and collections

 Monday 10 June 2019

 University of Edinburgh

Appleton Tower 2.12, 11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9LE

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

There has been an increasing call for the decolonisation of the curriculum across the disciplines in Northern institutions and elsewhere, notably recently South Africa. Librarians and archivists should be actively involved in this process but little attention has as yet been given to practical implications for libraries: acquisitions, cataloguing, resource allocation, information literacy, and the need for continuing professional development.

European institutions hold rich resources on Africa. How are these collections being used from the decolonisation point of view and what is research on these collections uncovering?

How are libraries and archives seeking to open up their collections, how are they responding to the different demands and requirements of scholars and restitution activists and what sort of partnerships are they developing in African countries and elsewhere?

In order to increase access to African-authored knowledge and perspectives how are libraries discovering what is being published in Africa and acquiring it? How are international journals being opened up to African academics?

Librarians, archivists, researchers, teachers and students are invited to submit abstracts of up to 350 words for consideration to Sarah Rhodes (sarah.rhodes@bodleian.ox.ac.uk) by 4 February 2019.

 


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