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Call for Papers out for African Literary Archives Conference

SCOLMA’s annual conference, ‘Things come together?: literary archives from, in and for Africa’, will take place at the University of Birmingham on Monday 10 September 2018.

This conference will explore African literary archives, their creation, preservation, digitisation and use in research and teaching.

African literature is multi-faceted and multi-lingual. Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart (1958) not only signalled the first stages of a new outpouring of literary creativity in Africa, but also built upon long literary traditions, both oral and written. This conference will look at archives generated by novelists, poets and dramatists, whether in oral or written form and whether in modern or ‘traditional’ genres.

Papers are invited on archives in private ownership, and those held in institutions. What is being lost, and what is being preserved? How are these resources being made available, and how are they being used to engage with African publics? What is the role of literary heirs as guardians of these archives? How are these records being managed in public and institutional archives? What are the problems and opportunities of preserving such recent material?

A further set of questions includes the role of these archives in helping to bring about change in the teaching of literature; the linguistic content and context of this material; and special considerations relating to oral archives.

Subjects might include, but are not limited to:

Availability/accessibility of literary archives

Literature in African languages


Oral archives

Street literature

The impact of new media on African literary archives

Engagement with communities

The archives of individual writers

Researchers, writers and their family members, archivists and librarians are invited to submit abstracts of up to 500 words for consideration for this conference to Sarah Rhodes (sarah.rhodes@bodleian.ox.ac.uk) by 31 March 2018. Please include your institutional affiliation and/or a short (one paragraph) biography.

This conference is held in association with the African Studies Association (UK). The biannual conference of ASAUK will be held at the University of Birmingham 11–13 September 2018. For more details see http://www.asauk.net/asauk-2018-conference-11-13-september-university-of-birmingham/

SCOLMA Annual Conference 2016: African Medicine Matters

SCOLMA Annual Conference 2016

African Medicine Matters: documenting encounters in medical practice and healthcare

Alison Richard Building, Cambridge. 6 September 2016

To Register for the Conference you can use our On-line Registration Form : Click HERE
Alternatively You can download a Word Document to Print and post : Click HERE


9: 00    Registration

9:15    Welcome

9:20    Keynote Address


Dr Benson Mulemi, Catholic University of East Africa

Dialectical construction and deconstruction of contemporary African Medicine.


10:15   Panel 1

Dr Anne Samson, Great War in Africa Association

Medical Practices in World War I Africa


Dr Tony Jewell

Colonial Medicine in East Africa in War and Peace 1910-1932


11:15     Coffee Break


11:30   Panel 2

Marcia Tiede, Area Studies Cataloguer (Africana): Northwestern University

Indigenous Care in Mali, Examples from the Cahiers Ponty


Korklu A Laryea, University of Mines & Technology, Tarkwa

Aawon Amewuda Kartey (1895-2010): A life of an ‘aborted Christian faith’ and traditional medicinal practice


12:30   Film

Asha Ahmed Mwilu, Independent filmmaker from Nairobi, will introduce her documentary about traditional and western medicine in Kenya.

1.00     Lunch

1.50    SCOLMA AGM

2.15    Panel 3

Benjamin Bronnert Walker, Wellcome Trust doctoral student in the Department of History, University of York

Christianity in the Age of Technocracy: Mission, Development and International Health in Ghana, 1919-1983


Sophie Smith, Adam Matthew

Animal attacks, dysentery epidemics and childbirth: Creating a digital archive of medical missionary experiences in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Dr Elinor Rooks, University of Leeds

Ebola Zombies and Vampire Scientists: Public Responses and Disease Control in Ebola and Sleeping Sickness


3.45     Tea Break

4.00     Panel 4

Erick V. A. Gbodossou, MD President PROMETRA International Dakar, Senegal

Virginia Davis Floyd, MD, MPH Vice President PROMETRA International Atlanta, GA USA

The PROMETRA International Journey: Traditional Medicine In Africa

Anselm Adodo and Jamie Hitchen, Africa Research Institute

Traditional Medicine as an alternative health care delivery system in Africa: An example from Nigeria

Dr Alistair G. Tough, University of Glasgow

Audit culture, overseas donors and medical record keeping.  Some comments based on Tanzanian experience.


5:30     Conclusion


Gathering for drinks at local pub


SCOLMA thanks the following for support for the conference: Adam Matthew, Taylor and Francis, Alison Richard Building

 This programme is subject to change.

To book a place please contact Lucy McCann – lucy.mccann@bodleian.ox.ac.uk .


Researching Africa: Moving beyond researcher and the researched

 13th Annual Researching Africa Day Workshop

St Antony’s College, Oxford

3 March 2012


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