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Conover-Porter Award presented to Terry Barringer

Congratulations to Terry Barringer, long-time member of SCOLMA and editor of African Research and Documentation, on being awarded the Conover-Porter Award by the African Studies Association for editing Africa Bibliography. The award is presented every two years to recognise outstanding achievement in Africana bibliography and reference tools. Africa Bibliography, published by Cambridge University Press under the auspices of the International African Institute, records the previous year’s publications in a wide range of material from all regions of Africa, in English and other languages.

Film Africa 2014 begins on 31 October

Film Africa 2014, the Royal African Society’s annual festival celebrating the best of African cinema, begins on 31 October and runs until 9 November. 85 films from 23 African countries will be screened at venues in central London, including thrillers, historical dramas, documentaries and short films, with particular strands marking the 20th anniversary of democracy in South Africa and the 60th anniversary of the Algerian revolution. The festival includes director Q&As, masterclasses, school screenings and family events. See the full programme at .

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



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 by 31 January 2015.