SCOLMA Annual Conference – British Library 17th July 2015

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“There came a darkness”: Africa, Africans and World War I

Friday 17th July 2015      9.15am – 5.00pm


9.15             Registration

9.30             Welcome

9.40             Keynote speech

Edward Paice

The Pike Report and Captain Caulfeild: Emerging Voices and Commemoration of the Great War in Africa

10.30            Coffee

10.50            Panel 1

10.50-11.10 Holgar Hansen, Copenhagen

Karen Blixen: a Danish view on the War in Africa  

11.10-11.30 David Stuart-Mogg, Society of Malawi

Frederick Njilima, M.M.: an unlikely African hero of the Western Front

11.30-11.50 John Pinfold, Oxford and Alison Metcalfe, National Library of Scotland

The African Experience of the East African Campaign: some new oral and photographic evidence

11.50-12.00  Questions

12.00            Panel 2

12.00-12.20   Anne Samson, Independent Researcher

Duty to Empire? South Africa’s invasion of German South West Africa

12.20-12.40    Terry Barringer, Cambridge

“ When you hear of wars and rumours of war”: reading about the War in Africa in missionary periodicals

12.40-1.00     Martin Plaut

Imagery of African Troops

1.00-1.10     Questions

1.10             Lunch

1.50             SCOLMA AGM

2.15             Panel 3

2.15-2.35     Daniel Steinbach, King’s College London

Colonial Encounters in War Photography by British Soldiers during the First World War in East Africa

2.35-2.55     Allyson Lewis, Essex County Record Office

The Forgotten Front – experiences of Essex men fighting in East Africa

2.55-3.15     Dan Gilfoyle, National Archives

Critical reading: the war diaries of the King’s African Rifles

3.15-3.30     Questions

3.30            Tea

3.50             Panel 4

3.50-4.10     Sarah Longair, British Museum

A fitting memento of Peace”: compromise and conflict in constructing Zanzibar’s Peace Memorial Museum

4.10-4.30     Ben Knighton, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies

Consequences of World War One for Empire in East Africa: Mission as political grievance among Christian Agikuyu, Kenya

4.30-4.50     Iris Wigge, Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University

The transnationality and intersectionality of Anti-Black racism in the aftermath of the Great War. Revisiting the ‘Black Horror’ Campaign. 

4.50-5.00     Questions

5.00             Close

5.00-6.00      Reception

SCOLMA thanks the following for support for the conference: The British Library; Taylor and Francis; Adam Matthew.

Conference venue:

The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB.

 For more details, and to book, go to

or contact:

Terry Barringer


This programme is subject to change.

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