CfP: Imperial Implosions: World War I and its Global Implications

California State University at Channel Islands, Camarillo, California, and the History Department are pleased to announce that it will host a conference commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I on November 8th and 9th, 2018. The focus of the conference is Imperial Implosions: The Global Implications of World War I. We are looking for papers dealing with any aspect of the World War I in Asia, Africa, America, Europe, Latin America or elsewhere where there were significant historical implications and reverberations.

Featured speakers at the conference will be Professor Sean McMeekin of Bard College and the author of The Russian Revolution (2017) and The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution and the Making of the Modern Middle East (2015) and Professor Pria Satia, of Stanford University and the author of Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution (2018) and The Great War and the Cultural Foundations of Britain’s Covert Empire in the Middle East (2008)

Prospective presenters and participants should send a 350 word maximum proposal to either P. Scott Corbett, or Michael Powelson by September 3, 2018 with the final version of papers due September 14, 2018.

There is no registration fee for faculty or student presenters and no fee for student attendees.

Details about registration, travel, and accommodations can be obtained from P. Scott Corbett,, (805) 437-8970 or (805) 267-6131.

CfP: Experiences of the Great War in Africa

5th Great War in Africa Association and 3rd International Network for the Study of the Great War in Africa

Venue: The National Archives, Kew, London
Dates: 3 and 4 May 2016
Deadline for Call for Papers submission: 31 January 2016

1916 was a significant year in the Great War. In Europe it was the year of the Somme and Gallipoli. In Africa it was the year of Salaita and the British allied invasion into German East Africa, the loss of Cameroon to the Allies and the subsequent use of West African forces in East Africa. South African forces detoured via Egypt en route to the Somme and in Ethiopia Menelik was deposed. It therefore seems fitting to explore how those living in Africa experienced the war, both in their own land and elsewhere.

Abstracts and proposals of up to 300 words as well as a short biography should be sent to: This email should also be used for any enquiries related to the conference.

Poster submissions must be in English. They should include a 1 page abstract and a draft of the final poster. Please prepare your poster in either portrait or landscape format with the following dimensions: 82cm x 102cm.

Conference fee for the two days: £70 (£35 for one)

Further information here.

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.

‘Africa in the Great War: Comparative Perspectives’ workshop

‘Africa in the Great War: Comparative Perspectives’ workshop
27 February 2015 – St Cross College, Oxford
Sponsored by the CNRS-Oxford Collaboration Scheme, Oxford Centre for Global History and the University of Portsmouth

Please note, places are limited – please contact by 4th February if you would like to book a place.

Registration: 10.00 – 10.15

Opening remarks: 10.15 – 10.30

Contested Identities in Africa, 1914-1918: 10.30 – 11.30
Dr Julie d’Andurain (Sorbonne) –The Meaning of ‘Rebel’ in the French Military Literature (‘la figure du rebelle dans la littérature militaire’)
Dr Richard Fogarty (SUNY) – Whose Islam? Whose Muslims? French African Soldiers and Faith in the French Army

Tea/coffee: 11.30 – 12.00

Keynote: 12.00 – 13.00
Prof. Bill Nasson (Stellenbosch University, South Africa) – A War of South African Succession? A Deluded Dominion and its African Great War

Lunch: 13.00 – 14.00

Comparative Perspectives: 14.00 – 15.00
Dr Jan-Georg Deutsch (Oxford) – Coloniality on the Loose: The Experience of War in East Africa
Dr Jonathan Krause (Oxford/Portsmouth) – Rebellion and Reform in Indochina: the Influence of the Great War on Colonial Discord

Closing Summary and General Discussion: 15.00 – 16.00
Prof. David Killingray (Goldsmiths)

Convenors: Jan-Georg Deutsch, Jonathan Krause, Julie d’Andurain

Workshop poster: ‘Africa in the Great War’ 27 Feb poster

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.

For more details see CFP section on this site, or go to: