CfP |Decolonising African Studies: questions & dilemmas for libraries, archives and collections



Decolonising African Studies: questions & dilemmas for libraries, archives & collections

Monday 10 June 2019

University of Edinburgh

Appleton Tower 2.12, 11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9LE



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 ( by 4 February 2019.


SCOLMA Annual Conference 2017 – Call for Papers



Document to Digital: How does Digitisation Aid African Research?

Monday 11 September 2017

The National Library of Scotland



This conference will explore digitised archives relating to Africa and how they are being used. We would welcome papers relating to archives across a range of media including documents and manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, historical printed collections, audio-visual material, historical artefacts and born-digital material.


Subjects might include:

How digitised archives are used in research and teaching

How should the next generation of researchers be trained as technology advances?

What is hidden by digitisation?

What forms of research are improved by using digitised archives?

What is the impact on original archives after digitisation?

What are the effects of the digitisation of collections on libraries and archives in Africa and elsewhere?

Which formats work best for digitisation and which are not suitable?

Technical enhancement through digitisation and innovative approaches to research


Researchers, archivists and librarians are invited to submit abstracts for consideration for this conference. Papers with a strong connection to Scotland will be favourably considered.

Abstracts of up to 500 words may be sent to Sarah Rhodes at by 24 April 2017.

African Psychologies for the World: Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Psychology in Society journal

African Psychology

The journal PSYCHOLOGY IN SOCIETY (PINS) calls for articles for a Special Issue on “African Psychologies for the World.”

The introductory paragraph of the call reads thus:

“Contestations around what is African psychology and how psychologists might better theoretically situate themselves in African realities are not new. In his contribution to the debate, Dawes (1998) contended that “the nature of African psychology should not be determined a priori as different, simply by dint of its location on the African continent in African cultures”. Influenced by Hountondji, Moll (2002) argued that African psychology is both myth and reality. Arguing for a framework for an African-based psychology, Mkhize (2004) said his objection to Western-derived theoretical frameworks in psychology is that while these frameworks have some relevance for African societies, “they cannot be exclusively used to explain human needs across cultures and across time”.

You can read the rest of the call here.

PINS Cover

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