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Minutes AGM 2015

SCOLMA(the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa)

Minutes of the 53nd Annual General Meeting held in the Conference Centre, the British Library, Friday  17th July  2015 during the annual conference, ‘There came a darkness’.


Present:,  Sheila Allcock, Christine Anderson, Mandy Banton, Terry Barringer,  Ian Cooke, Dan Gilfoyle, Pat Hewitt, Lucy McCann, Alison Metcalfe, John Pinfold, Marion Wallace.

Apologies were received from David Blake, Marilyn Glanfield, John McIlwaine, Sarah Rhodes, Catherine Robertson, Barbara Spina, Dawn Wright


1. Minutes of last meeting

The minutes of the 52nd Annual General Meeting were approved as a true and complete record.


2. Report of the Chair

Lucy McCann presented her report as Chair. She commented on the success of the 2014 Annual Conference and the special issue of ARD based upon it. ARD would be published in two issues p.a. from 2015 but with no reduction in overall content. Special thanks were due to our printers Doppler for their continued high quality work and co-operation. The SCOLMA book, African Studies in the Digital Age, had been launched at the ASAUK Conference at Brighton, and had already attracted some favourable reviews. SCOLMA had continued its usual activities, including regular involvement with ELIAS and ASAUK, holding seminars and maintaining its website. Committee members were thanked for their contributions and enthusiasm, especially David Clover and Helen Rehin, who were retiring from the committee, and Ian Cooke who had made an exceptional contribution as Treasurer and in other committee roles.

 3. Financial statement and approval of audited accounts

Ian Cooke presented the audited accounts for 2014.  He noted that, although most of SCOLMA’s income came through ARD, the annual conference was making an increasing contribution.

The approval of the accounts was proposed by Marion Wallace, seconded by Terry Barringer and passed unanimously. Peter Westley was reappointed as auditor, proposed John Pinfold, Robertson, seconded Mandy Banton and agreed unanimously.

Ian said how much he had enjoyed his involvement with SCOLMA, which had lasted longer than any job he had held. SCOLMA was an outstandingly energetic and friendly group and he would keep in touch although his new post as Head of Contemporary British Publications at the British Library would not allow him so much time to pursue Africanist interests.

 4. Appointment of Officers and Committee

The following nominations were put forward:


Chair – Lucy McCann, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

Secretary – Terry Barringer (individual member)

Treasurer – Alison Metcalfe, National Library of Scotland

Editor – Terry Barringer (individual member)

Development officer – Catherine Robertson, University of Birmingham Library

Web manager – Marilyn Glanfield, Library, Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge

Programme secretary – Dan Gilfoyle, The National Archives


John Pinfold (individual member) (elected 2012)

Tom Gebhart, British Library for Development Studies, IDS, University of Sussex

Sarah Rhodes, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford (elected 2014)

Barbara Spina (individual member) (previously co-opted)

Marion Wallace, The British Library (elected 2014)

Dawn Wright, SOAS Library (elected 2014)

These were elected nem con

 The following were co-opted

Christine Anderson, Senate House Library

ASAUK reps: Ranka Primorac, University of Southampton, and Stephanie Kitchen, International African Institute

 6. A.O.B

 Marion Wallace drew attention to the British Library’s forthcoming exhibition, West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song, opening on 16 October.



The Empire Needs Men: Workshop, Holborn Library

Two million Africans fought in World War I. These troops came from the Caribbean Islands, Africa, America and Africans in Britain. They fought gallantly and heroically as many European soldiers. This workshop is part of the Empire Needs Men Exhibition, will explore how African troops from worldwide were involved in World War I. It will bring to live some of the heroic stories of the African soldiers who joined in the fight. It will discuss what happened to them before, during and after the war.
Saturday 7th February 2015
11.30am- 1.00pm
@ Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre,
Holborn Library,
32-38 Theobalds Road
London WC1X 8PA
Book your place call: 020 7974 6342 or email:

Yorkshire African Studies Network Call for Papers

Yorkshire African Studies Network Conference 2015
Family, Community and Livelihoods: Perspectives from Africa
19 May 2015, University of Sheffield

Recent years have seen impressive levels of economic growth in many parts of Africa, with a new discourse of ‘Africa Rising’ coming to displace the widespread pessimism of the late twentieth century. 2015 is also the year in which countries across the continent will be scrutinised regarding their achievements or failures in relation to the ‘Milliennium Development Goals’. In this one-day conference, we seek to go beyond statistics and national indicators to understand contemporary African societies in rich detail and at the local level. In particular, the conference will explore community and neighbourhood dynamics, family relations, parent-child relations, intergenerational relations, child rearing practices, work opportunities and livelihood choices, and how these are evolving in the context of changing socio-economic and political conditions. This agenda speaks to a wide range of contemporary concerns prevalent across much of Africa, including (but not limited to) the following: job creation and unemployment, fertility rates and demographic change, ‘youth bulges’, education, gender relations, children’s rights, the changing nature of family relations, labour relations, community participation, violence and crime, and the need for improved systems for urban and neighbourhood planning.We welcome applications from PhD students, researchers and academics focusing on the above issues in any part of the African continent from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds: Sociology, Anthropology, Urban Studies and Planning, Geography, History, Politics, Social Policy, Economics, amongst others. Please submit 300-word abstracts for papers to be presented at the conference to Dr Afua Twum-Danso Imoh   by 31st March 2015. We will let you know as soon as possible after the deadline whether your paper proposal has been accepted.This call for papers is open to all academics, researchers and postgraduate students (PGT or PGR)–whether they are based in Yorkshire or elsewhere .Times and schedules will be confirmed in due course.

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