Monday, 9 May 2011

SCOLMA Conference: Sport in Africa: History, Politics and the Archive

Sport in Africa: History, Politics and the Archive
SCOLMA (the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa) Annual Conference

The National Archives, Kew, London, Wednesday 29th June 2011


9.30 Registration and coffee

10.00 Welcome

10.10 Keynote Address
Professor Tony Mangan, formerly of the University of Strathclyde
     ‘ ... this is the game for gentlemen
     Till on our race the sun shall set.
     The greatest glory of our land
     Whose crimson covers half the maps
     Is in the field where the wickets stand
     And the game is played by DECENT CHAPS’
     "The Short Cut" Donald Hughes

11.00 Dean Allen, University of Stellenbosch
‘South African Sports History and the Archive’

11.40 Susann Baller, University of Basel
‘The politics of match reports, minutes and archives in national neighbourhood football championships in Senegal’

12.20 Holly Collison, Brunel University
‘Reconciliation, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction: the role of sport in post war Liberia’
Michelle Sikes, University of Oxford
‘The Only Sport in [Eldoret] Town: Lessons from the Fastest Women in Kenya’

1.15 Lunch and SCOLMA AGM
A display of photographs of elite women’s football in Africa will be shown by Wisemove Productions during the lunch break.

2.15 Michelle Guittar and David Easterbrook, Melville J. Herskovits
Library of African Studies, Northwestern University
‘Materials relating to sport in Africa in the collections of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, Northwestern University: an overview’

3.00 Pascal Charitas, Université Paris Sud 11
‘Colonial and post-colonial sport and the Olympic movement in English-speaking Africa after the Second World War (1945-1965): review, reflection and perspectives’

3.40 Karl Magee, University of Stirling
‘Boycotts and bailouts: the archives of the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland’

4.20 Jonty Winch, University of Stellenbosch
‘Cricket and War in early Rhodesia, 1890-7’

5.00 Conclusion

5.15 Drinks

SCOLMA would like to thank The National Archives 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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