CfP – SCOLMA 2018 Things come together?: literary archives from, in and for Africa

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Things come together?: literary archives from, in and for Africa
Monday 10 September 2018, University of Birmingham

CALL FOR PAPERS

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 preserved? How are these resources 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 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
  • Translation
  • 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 biennial 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/

http://scolma.org

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SCOLMA CONFERENCE 2017

Document to Digital: how does digitisation aid African research?

 National Library of Scotland, Monday, 11 September 2017

Programme

9.00        Registration

9.20        Welcome

9.30        Keynote and Panel 1: Digitising Historical Sources

Keynote

‘Saving Archives through Digitisation: Reflections on Endangered Archives Programme Projects in Africa’

Jody Butterworth (Endangered Archives Programme)

10.10     Panel 1

The Material Remains of the Church of Scotland Mission in Kenya: Reflections from an “Endangered Archives Project”

Tom Cunningham (University of Edinburgh)

‘From Zimbabwe to Stirling: Opening up the Peter Mackay Archive’

Karl Magee (University of Stirling)

10.50     Questions to keynote speaker and panellists

11.05     Coffee break

11.30     Panel 2: Using Digital Archives for Science and Social Science Research

‘Repeat Landscape Photography, Historical Ecology and the Wonder of Digital Archives’

Dr Rick Rohde (University of Edinburgh), Samantha Luise Venter and Professor M. Timm Hoffman (Plant Conservation Unit, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town). Paper to be delivered by Dr Rohde.

‘Free Access to Research Publications for Developing Countries: The Research Archive of the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD)’

Pier Luigi Rossi (Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), Bondy-France)

12.30     Lunch

13.15     SCOLMA AGM

13.45     Panel 3: Digital Archives in the Aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide

‘The Digitised Collection, Preservation and Use of Endangered Archival Materials: The Case of the Genocide Archive of Rwanda’

Jessica Achberger (Michigan State University) and Claver Irakoze (Genocide Archive of Rwanda)

‘Mass Digitisation in Rwanda and Sudan: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities’

Marilyn Deegan and Geoff Laycock (King’s College London and ScanDataExperts)

‘Digital Archives in a Changing Rwanda’

Hannah Grayson (University of St Andrews) and Paul Rukesha (Aegis Trust, Rwanda) to be delivered by Professor Nicki Hitchcott on the authors’ behalf

15.15     Tea break

15.45     Panel 4: Fresh Initiatives in Historical Digitisation

‘Reinventing the Trade in Cloth: Digitisation as a New Form of Cultural Exchange’

Julie Halls (The National Archives (UK))

‘Making African Academic Resources Accessible: The Story of the Kwabena Nketia Archives 65 Years On’

Judith Opoku-Boateng and Korklu Laryea (University of Ghana)

‘Digitising the First Francophone African Women’s Magazine’

Ruth Bush (University of Bristol)

‘Digital Documents: How to Stimulate Usage’

Jos Damen (African Studies Centre, University of Leiden)

17.45     Close

 

SCOLMA thanks the National Library of Scotland for 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).