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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).

SOAS Library – an Open Letter from SCOLMA

                                                                                                                  9th January 2019

 

Dear Baroness Amos,

Re: SOAS Library – Open Letter

I am writing on behalf of SCOLMA (the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa) to express our deep concerns about the proposed cuts to SOAS Library.

SOAS Library holds one of the most important African Studies collections in the UK, widely used by its own students and academics and by researchers from around the world, including Africa. The proposed cuts will have an adverse effect on the ability of researchers to access the collections and on the Library’s ability to continue to acquire and process archives and publications. The loss of subject librarians in one of only five National Research Libraries is particularly to be deplored and the loss of frontline library staff will adversely impact on all library users. Given the proposed overall cuts to staff numbers and the additional work which will fall to remaining staff, we do not see how meaningful area specialist posts will continue to exist. We are also particularly concerned about the implied dependence on externally funded posts in the Archives and Special Collections department rather than on permanent staff with overall knowledge of the collections.

We urge you to reconsider the proposed cuts and to explore other options to maintain the library at current levels as one of the pre-eminent collections on Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Yours sincerely,

Lucy McCann

SCOLMA Chair on behalf of the Committee

lucy.mccann@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

 Copied: Dawn Wright, Subject Librarian (Africa), SOAS Library; Professor Ambreena Manji, ASAUK President;  savesoaslibrary@gmail.com; onepsconsultation@soas.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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