SCOLMA Annual Conference 2015: “There came a darkness”: Africa, Africans and World War I

SCOLMA Annual Conference 2015: “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


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.