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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).

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SCOLMA Annual Conference 2017 – Call for Papers

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Document to Digital: How does Digitisation Aid African Research?

Monday 11 September 2017

The National Library of Scotland

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

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 sarah.rhodes@bodleian.ox.ac.uk by 24 April 2017.

http://scolma.org

Super-Impressive! My first Cambridge Libraries Conference

This is an extremely belated account of the fantastic day I had at the Cambridge Libraries 2017 Conference, the theme of which was “Are you a Library Superhero?”. As a newcomer to the world of library work and information science, this was an excellent opportunity to learn more about a field in which I plan to forge a career in.

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With all of the nervous excitement of a newbie, I met with Jenni, Victoria and David from CfAS in the crowded meeting hall (and availed myself of some of the freebies on display) before settling down for a worthy introduction to the conference and the first keynote address, presented by Dr. Jeremy Knox. This was an interesting and informative presentation into emerging digital technologies and the challenges and opportunities they might present in higher education (and the provision thereof). Concepts of “openness” and automation were explored via the advantages and pitfalls of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and “teacherbots”, and the session culminated in an amusing Q & A when somebody respectfully pointed out that the nature of Dr. Knox’ topic meant that he didn’t really need to have physically attended the conference!

My first chosen parallel session was the “Tracker Project”, a very lively presentation given by members of the FutureLib Innovation Programme. This was definitely one of my favourite presentations, partly for a very entertaining delivery but also because this provided me with my first moment of clarity into the sheer breadth of things library staff have to consider when delivering their services to students, and was a fascinating insight into the search behaviours of students, and their perception of class marks, library layouts and also of their own confidence in their ability to navigate the library successfully. The simple but always brilliant solutions proposed to assist students in their navigation also provided food for thought.

My second parallel session was presented by Bridget Warrington, the Managing Conservator of the Cambridge Colleges’ Conservation Consortium. I had signed up for this session as I wanted to learn more about this area; the specialised and scientific approaches to conservation and preservation were most impressive, ranging from environmental monitoring to conservation and storage assessment surveys, not to mention the fascinating work of the repairs of the items themselves.

Bridget presented some standout projects they had handled, including the blindfold and an eye-glass that had belonged to Terry Waite during his captivity in Beirut, but the highlight for me as a biologist was the letters from Charles Darwin, complete with minute and beautifully drawn sketches of insects scattered around the text- was there anything that man couldn’t do?

The final keynote speech was delivered by Emma Coonan, who will almost certainly need no introduction to anybody likely to be reading this. What to say, at this late stage of writing that has not already been said? Judging by the enthusiastically positive reactions of seasoned conference attendees, future keynote speakers will have a lot to live up to- or perhaps they could just get Emma to speak every year…

The day closed with several lightning speeches. In some respects this was the most interesting part of the day for me, and not just because I was due to get onstage! Presented by Jenni Skinner, Victoria and I spoke a little about our volunteering at the African Studies library, a rather nervous two minutes for yours truly!

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Not nervous at all, honest! Source: https://twitter.com/hashtag/camlibs17?src=hash 

The other lightning talks gave a swift but broad outline of the realities of modern library life. We saw how some people end up- through accident or design- specialising in particular areas, such as Moodle; or the sterling efforts of library staff to continue to provide quality service under a range of difficult conditions- and in the case of the Medical Library’s “Vanishing training room” to innovate their methods and actually increase their output. The sheer scale of skills required by some library staff was memorably summed up by the following slide:

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Source: https://twitter.com/MegWestbury 

The real value for me of these talks and others was the insight they gave into working in library environments- the challenges, the setbacks, the rewards and the great humour and intelligence of staff from all of these different libraries. It was also, as a newcomer to the field, reassuring to hear that so many people did not necessarily consider themselves experts in their respective fields, and that they were very often teaching themselves entirely new concepts and practices in order to provide the best possible services; and to hear that people I would consider to be settled and confident in their roles, often have moments of self-doubt and reflection- I heard the words “imposter syndrome” more than once- perhaps the spirit of earlier presentations about success and failure facilitated such honest, enjoyable and encouraging discussions.

On every level, this conference was a fantastic introduction to Cambridge Libraries and the amazing people within them; I hope to attend next year with more knowledge and experience under my belt. Well done everybody!

John Hennessy – volunteer at African Studies Library, part-time library assistant at SPS Library

 

Event: Creating African Fashion Histories conference, 2 November 2016, Brighton

Creating African Fashion Histories

A one-day conference hosted by Royal Pavilion & Museums with the Sussex Africa Centre / University of Sussex and the University of Brighton

Old Courthouse lecture theatre, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Wednesday 2 November 2016

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Coinciding with the first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion, Fashion Cities Africa, this conference will explore the possibilities and limitations of dress and fashion history to discuss current and past narratives in African fashion.

Panels will focus on the construction of African fashion histories; the role of African diasporas in the translation of African fashions; new directions in collecting and curating African fashion and the evolution of new platforms for the dissemination of African fashion.

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Speakers include Hannah Pool (author, Fashion Cities Africa, curator of Africa Utopia), Helen Jennings

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Call for Abstracts: ALA conference 2017 – Africa and the World, deadline 15 November 2016

Call for Abstracts

African Literature Association Conference 2017

Africa and the World: Literature, Politics, and Global Geographies

ALA2017The theme chosen for the June 14-17, 2017 conference at Yale seeks to engage with and interrogate recent shifts in critical and theoretical frameworks from regional, national, and “postcolonial” models towards “world literature” as a framework for understanding the literatures of the Global South. How useful is the category of world literature in our ongoing contestation of Eurocentrism in the interpretation of African literatures and cultures? What possibilities are offered by African literatures and cultures for (re)imagining the world, including the “world” posited by recent theorizations?

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SCOLMA Conference 2016 – places still available! Keynote: Dr Benson Mulemi

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African Medicine Matters: documenting encounters in medical practice and healthcare

Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, 6th 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


Programme

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

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 .

SCOLMA Conference 06.09.16 – Cambridge

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Registration is open for the SCOLMA (UK Libraries & Archives Group on Africa) Annual Conference:

“African Medicine Matters: documenting encounters in medical practice & healthcare”

Tuesday 6 September 2016, Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge.

Short details of the programme:

Keynote Address  

Dr Benson Mulemi, Catholic University of East Africa

Dialectical construction and deconstruction of contemporary African Medicine.

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

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

Film

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

SCOLMA AGM

Panel 3

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

The Conductors: Faith Healing, International Health and Medical Mission in Post-Colonial Ghana, 1957-1982

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

 

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.

Conference fee £50 (£30 unwaged) to include tea/coffee and lunch.

To book a place contact Sarah Rhodes (sarah.rhodes@bodleian.ox.ac.uk)

See the SCOLMA website for more details:

http://scolma.org/event/scolma-annual-conference-2016-african-medicine-matters/  

Call for Sessions: Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe Conference, 6-8 July 2017, Tampere, Finland

1st Call for Sessions
Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe
Sixth biennial network conference
University of Tampere, Finland
6 – 8 July 2017

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African European Studies and Black European Studies explore social spaces and cultural practices that are characterised by a series of contemporary and historical overlaps between Africa, the African diasporas, and Europe. The sixth biennial network conference, organised by the University of Tampere and the international Afroeuropeans – Black Cultures and Identities in Europe research network, aims to contribute to the existing scholarship in Europe with a view to establish it more firmly in its several disciplinary locations. For more information, please see the conference website.

The general theme of the Afroeuropeans 2017 conference is African diaspora and European cultural heritage. Among the confirmed keynote speakers is Professor Paul Gilroy from King’s College London. We encourage submissions exploring the topics suggested below:

  • African diaspora and European…

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CfP: Lagos – From the Pepperfarm to the Megacity (and Beyond), 15-17 June 2017, Lagos, Deadline: 30 Oct 2016

LAGOS: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Space, Society, and the Imagination of an African Crossroads

LAGOS: From the Pepperfarm to the Megacity (and Beyond)
An Interdisciplinary Conference on Space, Society, and the Imagination of an African Crossroads
Faculty of Arts
University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
June 15-17, 2017

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aquotesBetween May 6 and 7, 2016, a conference titled “Lagos: From the Pepperfarm to the Megacity (and Beyond): An Interdisciplinary Conference on Space, Society, and the Imagination of an African Crossroads,” took place at Barnard College, New York City. Participants came from several universities in the United States, Africa, Europe, and Asia. For the conference schedule and other information, see:https://nyclagosconference2016.wordpress.com/

The organizers are planning a second edition of this interdisciplinary conference to be held at the Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos between June 15 and 17, 2017.

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CfP: African and Diasporan African Literature: Imaginings, Modernities and Visions, 5-6 October 2016, Pretoria, Deadline: 30 May 2016

Call for Papers

Second Call

Tydskrif vir Letterkunde and the Southern Modernities Project

present a conference on

“African and Diasporan African Literature:

Imaginings, Modernities and Visions”

5-6 October 2016

University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Deadline for Proposals: 30 May 2016

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Tydskrif vir Letterkunde (TL), a journal for African Literature, celebrates its 80th anniversary in September 2016. The editorial collective in conjunction with the Southern Modernities Project at the University of Pretoria issue the following Call for Papers: “African and Diasporan African Literature: Imaginings, Modernities and Visions”.

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