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


“There came a darkness”: Africa, Africans and World War I, The British Library, 17 July 2015


The first shot fired for Britain in the First World War was from the rifle of an African soldier in West Africa. The last German troops to surrender did so on African soil, in today’s Zambia. In between African soldiers and civilians paid a heavy price in blood and lives and their societies and outlook were changed for ever. Recent scholarship, reflected in the commemorations and publications for the centenary of the outbreak of the war recognise that Africa was much more than a sideshow in a truly global conflict.

This conference will consider the role of scholars, libraries, archives and information sources in documenting and interpreting the African experience of World War I.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Campaigns in Africa
  • African soldiers on the Western Front
  • The impact of World War I on African Societies
  • Memory and Memorials
  • Literature, Images and Ephemera

Researchers, archivists and librarians are invited to submit abstracts for consideration for this conference.

Abstracts of up to 500 words may be sent to Terry Barringer at by 31 January 2015.

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