Friday 31ˢᵗ January 2020

CAS - Telling our tales through ambiguous photography: Decolonizing the visual library of the African continent

The symposium 'Telling our tales through ambiguous photography: Decolonizing the visual library of the African continent' is part of the Stories of Kalingalinga exhibition programme. Please join us on the 31st January for this whole day event. Here the eventbrite link.

Symposium Theme: Decolonizing institutions like libraries is often discussed in the context of the written word while visual materials, just as much produced from a particular perspective as texts, also contribute to an expansion of our understanding of the African continent when reframed or re-entangled. The symposium aims to showcase practitioners, practice researchers and theorists who are working towards renewed and diverse visual understandings of the continent. The speakers will highlight the importance of collective making and collaboration with partners from the north and south. Contributions from a wide range of approaches aim to facilitate discussion and innovation throughout the day.

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Monday 3ʳᵈ February 2020

SCOLMA Annual Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS - Publishing, Collecting and Accessing African-language Materials

Monday 8 June 2020 - SALT, Paul Webley Wing, SOAS, University of London

The question of writing in African languages has frequently been a matter of debate and contestation in recent times. Today, English, French and Portuguese remain the official languages of most countries of Africa south of the Sahara, and most publishing appears in these languages.

Nevertheless, books and newspapers continue to be published in many African languages, albeit often in small numbers. New initiatives such as the Jalada Translation Project are actively promoting writing in this area. African languages also flourish in many other formats – and have done so historically – whether (for example) as manuscripts, ephemera, or audio-visual forms from cassette tapes and radio programmes to YouTube films.

This conference will take up these issues by looking at producing, collecting, accessing, researching and preserving African-language materials.


Papers covering all African languages (including Afrikaans and Pidgins), as well as Arabic, are within scope for this conference. Papers looking at the issues above in relation to non-roman scripts are also welcomed.

Papers should relate to questions of publishing/producing works in African languages, and collecting, accessing, researching and preserving such materials. We are not looking for papers on more general themes relating to African languages.

 How to submit an abstract for consideration

Librarians, archivists, researchers, teachers and students are invited to submit abstracts on these themes of up to 350 words, together with a short bio (one paragraph only), including current affiliation (where applicable). Please send this information to Sarah Rhodes ( by 3 February 2020.

We regret that SCOLMA is not able to offer funding for travel expenses.


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Wednesday 25ᵗʰ March 2020

African Virology Congress 2020

Advances in Virology: The role of the African Virologist

The upcoming African Virology Congress is the first meeting of ALL African virologists who are based in Africa and Diaspora. It also welcomes non-Africans whose research in virology is directly relevant to Africa. The venue for this meeting, scheduled for the 25 - 27 March 2020, will be held in the capital city of Ghana, Accra. Join us to discuss the current advances in virology and the role the African virologist.

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Monday 8ᵗʰ June 2020

Memories in transit: Transnational memory and identity across modern regimes of displacement and dispersion

Call for Papers

Date: 8-9 June 2020, Venue: Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge   

This interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars from various disciplines researching transnational dimensions of memory, subjectivity and identity formation, broadly defined. Exploring the social-political processes and identities that resist or transcend neat categorisations of the 'local', 'national' or 'global', this conference explores different modes of transnational memory and commemoration that shape identities such as race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, and sexuality. The conference seeks to refine conceptual and methodological issues surrounding transnational memories, forms of remembering, and identities through a discussion of contemporary and historical case studies from across the globe as well as theoretically focused contributions to the field. The conference will be relevant to sociologists, historians, literary critics, political scientists, and human geographers interested in the relationships between memory and mobility.  

The conference welcomes papers that address one or more of the following research topics:

  • The expression of diasporic and exilic memory, subjectivity and identity, including remembrance of migratory processes, racism and discrimination, and responses to state policies such as detention, deportation, segregation, assimilation, and multiculturalism.
  • Transnational remembrance practices including international collaboration initiatives, war memorials, graveyards, dark tourism, migration museums, digital archives, and material culture including movable and immovable cultural heritage.
  • The role of exiles and diasporas in social movements and transitional justice; the individual or collective pursuit of justice, dignity, reparations, and reconciliation.
  • Writing absence and loss, narratives and storytelling, oral histories, intergenerational modes of inscription, affective responses to past events in the present, community-based repositories of memories, reading and visual technologies.

Transnational commemoration of identities beyond the 'national', including remembrance practices based on racial, religious, gender, and sexual identities

Please submit your abstract of 300 words (max) by 28 FEBRUARY 2020 via the online form:  

This event is proudly supported by The Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement, at the University of Cambridge, and the British Academy.
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