Thursday, 20 May 2010

The Real Story? Personal Papers, Life Histories and Africa

The final programme is now available for this years SCOLMA Conference, focusing on personal papers. There are limited places remaining for this conference so if you would like to attend please register as soon as possible.

The Real Story? Personal Papers, Life Histories and Africa

SCOLMA (the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa) Annual Conference

British Library Conference Centre, London, 8th June 2010


9.30 Registration
(Refreshments available from the British Library’s Piazza café, The Last Word)

10.00 Welcome (Meeting Room 2)

10.10 Keynote (Meeting Room 2)
David Killingray, Goldsmiths College, University of London '“Tin Trunk Literati” and Beyond: Hidden Sources for Africa’s History’

11.00 Coffee and tea (Meeting Room 2)

11.30 Panels 1 and 2 (in parallel)

Panel 1 (Meeting Room 4)
Private Papers, Politics and Activism

Hakim Adi ‘The Solanke Papers and the West African Students’ Union’
M. Amzat Boukari-Yabara, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris ‘Looking at the Walter Rodney Papers: Atlanta, Georgetown and London’
Gwil Colenso ‘The Colenso papers: documenting an extensive chain of influence from Zululand to Britain’
Kate Law, University of Sheffield ‘Making Marmalade and Imperial Mentalities’

Panel 2 (Meeting Room 3)
New Ways with Old Papers

Marion Frank-Wilson, Librarian for African Studies, Indiana University ‘Africana Personal Papers at Indiana University – Issues and Questions’
Rose Kgosiemang, University of Botswana Library‘Libraries and Personal Archives, with Reference to the University of Botswana Library’
Liz Stanley, University of Edinburgh and Helen Dampier, Leeds Metropolitan University ‘The Olive Schreiner Letters Project’

1.00 Lunch (Meeting Room 2)

2.00 SCOLMA AGM (Meeting Room 4) All SCOLMA members and observers welcome

2.30 Panels 3 and 4 (in parallel)

Panel 3 (Meeting Room 3)
Individuals and the State: What Private Papers Tell Us

Ackson Kanduza, University of Botswana ‘Who Leaves Private Papers? The Example of Msindazwe Sukati in Swaziland’

Miles Larmer, University of Sheffield ‘Chronicle of a Coup Foretold: The Life-writing of Valentine Musakanya and the Role of Biography in Post-Colonial Zambian History’

Sylvia Lynn-Meaden ‘The Long Garden Master, Charles Lynn: An Agricultural Officer in Gold Coast and Northern Rhodesia’

Panel 4 (Meeting Room 4)
Diaries and Life-writing

Olufunke Adeboye, University of Lagos‘The Private Papers Of Akinpelu Obisesan: Prospects And Limits’

Victoria Cranna, Archives of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine ‘Life in Uganda in the 1920s – the Diary of Geoffrey and Amy Carpenter’

Aldwin Roes, University of Sheffield ‘Following Milestones and Breaking New Ground: the Robert Williams Papers and the Expansion of the South African Mining Frontier’

4.00 Coffee and tea (Meeting Room 2)

4.30 Rahim Rajan, Content Development Manager, Aluka (Meeting Room 2)
‘Building Scholarly Digital Collections to Enhance the Research and Teaching of Africa’

5.00 Plenary panel (Meeting Room 2)
Personal Papers: What are the Issues for Libraries and Archives?

David Clover, Librarian, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London
Lucy McCann, Archivist, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House, Oxford
Dag Henrichsen, Basler Afrika Bibliographien
Jeremy John, Curator, e-Manuscripts, British Library
Janet Topp Fargion, World and Traditional Music Curator, British Library
Peter Limb, Africana Bibliographer /Associate Professor, History, Michigan State University

6.00 Reception (Meeting Room 4)

SCOLMA would like to thank JSTOR / Aluka and the Cambridge University Press for generous sponsorship of this conference and the preceding librarians’ meeting, and the British Library for providing the venue.

Please note that this programme is subject to change.

To register for the conference, please contact Lucy McCann at

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