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SCOLMA Annual Conference 2015 – Call for Papers

SCOLMA Annual Conference

“There came a darkness”: Africa, Africans and World War I 

17 July 2015

The British Library

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

The first shot fired for Britain in the First World War was from the rifle of an African soldier in West Africa. The last German troops to surrender did so on African soil, in today’s Zambia. In between African soldiers and civilians paid a heavy price in blood and lives and their societies and outlook were changed for  ever. Recent scholarship, reflected in the commemorations and publications for the centenary of the outbreak of the war recognise that Africa was much more than a sideshow in a truly global conflict.

This conference will consider the role of scholars, libraries, archives and information sources in documenting and interpreting the African experience of World War I. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Campaigns in Africa

African soldiers on the Western Front

The impact of World War I on African Societies

Memory and Memorials

Literature, Images and Ephemera

 

Researchers, archivists and librarians are invited to submit abstracts for consideration for this conference.

Abstracts of up to 500 words may be sent to Terry Barringer at tabarringe@aol.com by 31 January 2015.

 

‘African Studies in the Digital Age. Disconnects?’ launched

SCOLMA’s edited volume, ‘African Studies in the Digital Age. Disconnects?’, was launched on Tuesday 9th September 2014 at the biennial conference of the African Studies Association of the UK at the University of Sussex. Drawing on papers presented at SCOLMA’s 50th anniversary conference the publication explores the opportunities and problems brought about by the digital revolution for research, teaching and access in African Studies. Contributors come from Africa, Europe and the USA and the volume is published by Brill. See http://www.brill.com/products/book/african-studies-digital-age for further information.

Oxfam archive catalogues arrive online

The first three catalogues resulting from the cataloguing of the Oxfam archive at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, are now available online. 850 boxes of archive material and almost 500 posters are now open to researchers, much of the material relating to Oxfam’s development and humanitarian work in Africa. The catalogues cover the records of Oxfam’s programme policy and management, the records of its campaigning work and the records of its external and internal communications. See http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/savingoxfordmedicine/ for further information and links to the catalogues.

The Oxfam archive, spanning seventy years, is being catalogued in a four and a half year project supported by the Wellcome Trust. The project has been divided into three 18 month phases with a tranche of catalogued material made available to researchers at the end of each phase. See http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/bodley/finding-resources/special/projects/saving-oxford-medicine/cataloguing-the-oxfam-archive for further information on the project.