SCOLMA Annual Conference 2014

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SCOLMA Annual Conference 2014:  African Trajectories: Travel and the Archive

Wednesday 2nd July 2014 – 9.15am – 5.30pm

The Danford Room, Department of African Studies and Anthropology, Arts Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT 


9.15             Welcome

9.30             Keynote speech

Noo Saro-Wiwa, author of Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria

10.15          Introduction to the Special Collections at the Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham

Martin Killeen, Rare Books Librarian, Cadbury Research Library

10.45          Coffee

11.15            Panel 1 –  Travel writing as journalism and social media

‘Nigerian Domestic Travel Writing and the Archive: Historicising a Century of Nigerian Travel Writing Pioneers in Yoruba and English’

Rebecca Jones (University of Birmingham)

‘On the Historical Trail of African Travel(ler)-Writers: A Century since Solomon Plaatje’s 1914 Sea Narrative and South African Native National Congress Mission’

Janet Remmington (University of York)

‘How to Blog about Africa: Travel Writing in the Digital Age’

Caitlin Pearson (SOAS, University of London)

12.45            Lunch

1.30             SCOLMA AGM

2.00              Tour of Special Collections, Cadbury Research Library

2.30             Panel 2 – Travel writing as memoir

‘Tackling Africa: The Resourceful Mrs J. Theodore Bent’

Gerald Brisch (Independent Researcher)

Brenda Stones (Freelance Publishing Consultant, Editor and Lecturer)

‘Travel, Conflict and Futurity in Isaac Fadebayo’s A Stroke of Unbelievable Luck

Oliver Coates (Researcher)

3.30             Tea

4.00             Panel 3  –  Travel in the archives

‘Ocean Liner Tickets and Unstamped Passports: Ocean Liner Travel Ephemera in The Gambia National Museum Collection, Banjul’

Hassoum Ceesay (Gambia National Museum)

‘Cartography and Travel: Records in the British Library’

Ian Cooke (British Library)

‘An Eagle Eye: African in the Twentieth Century as Viewed by Barclays Bank’

Maria Sienkiewicz (Barclays Plc)

Billy Frank (University of Central Lancashire)

5.30             Close.

SCOLMA thanks the following for support for the conference: Taylor and Francis; the University of Birmingham; and the Department of African Studies and Anthropology at the University of Birmingham.

Conference venue: The Danford Room, Department of African Studies and Anthropology, Arts Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT

For more details, and to book, go to

or contact: Lucy McCann, Archivist, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth & African Studies, Rhodes House, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3RG. Tel: +44 (0) 1865 270908. Email:

 This programme is subject to change.

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