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Announcement: “Things come together?: Literary archives from, in and for Africa” (SCOLMA Conference, Birmingham 10.09.2018)

The booking for the 2018 conference of the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa closes on 28 August 2018.


8.30    Registration
8.50    Welcome
9.00    Keynote 1: Building Collections of African Literary Archives
           David Sutton (Reading University Library)
9.40    Panel 1: Archives and Literary Collections
           Taking Aim at Archival Practice: An Analysis of Structural and Institutional Processes that Affect Preservation, Availability and Access to Literary Archives in Malawi (tbc)
           Clement Mweso (National Archives of Malawi)
           South African Literary Archives after the ‘Archival Turn’: A Case Study of the Guy Butler Collection at the National English Literary Museum
           Beth Wyrill (National English Literary Museum, South Africa)
11.30  Panel 2: Literary Archives in the UK Diaspora
           Things We Didn’t Tell You About Because You Didn’t Ask: African Literature in the Collections of London Metropolitan Archives
           Maureen Roberts (London Metropolitan Archives)
           The Visibility and Accessibility of Literary Archives for Writers and Publishers of African Descent in Britain
           Kadija George (Sable LitMag)
12.30  LUNCH
14.00  Keynote 2: The Christopher Okigbo Papers: From Family Heritage to Public Archive
           Sofia Dati (Christoper Okigbo Foundation)
14.40  Panel 3: Writers’ Archives
           ‘Mothy Pages Went up in Flames after that Painful Resurrection’: Wole Soyinka and Attempts to Establish his Body of Work
           James Gibbs
           The Buchi Emecheta Archive – The Process of Legacy-Making
           Sylvester Onwordi (Buchi Emecheta Foundation)
           The Bessie Head Epistolary Archive: An Essential Key to Interpreting an Enigmatic Writer
           Dr Linda-Susan Beard (Bryn Mawr College)
16.10  TEA BREAK
16.30  Panel 4: Diverse Forms and Formats
           The Islamic Yoruba ‘Waka’ Archive: Issues in Knowledge and Identity Generation and Perpetuation
           Amidu Olalekan Sanni (Fountain University, Osogbo)
           Mr. Alidu’s Sound Archive and the Politics of Preservation
           Katie Young (Royal Holloway, University of London)
           African Street Literatures and the Future of Literary Form
           Kalle Laajala (Nordic Africa Institute), Nicklas Hållén (Uppsala University) and Mattias Åkesson (Nordic Africa Institute)
18:00  CLOSE

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