Weekly News Roundup February 9, 2018

New Projects

ASCL awarded funding for new research project: Digitizing Dogon heritageThis project aims at digitally recording and safeguarding part of the immaterial cultural heritage of the Dogon in Mali. Research activities on the ground will be done by Dogon researchers, guided by the consortium which consists of the African Studies Centre Leiden, University College London and Institut des mondes africaines in Paris. Project partners in Mali are the National Museum in Bamako, the UNESCO office in Mali and Ginna Dogon, the association that represents the Dogon in cultural matters. The full title of the project is ‘DigiDogon: Digitizing Dogon heritage. The legacy of Abirè, the Dogon prophet’. It is one of eight transnational research projects in the JPI Cultural Heritage programme.

The UK Web Archive Ebola Outbreak collection. Next month marks the four year anniversary of the WHO’s public announcement of “a rapidly evolving outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD)” that went on to become the deadliest outbreak of EVD in history. Searching online now, you can find fact sheets detailing everything you might want to know about patient zero and the subsequent rapid spread of infection. You can find discussions detailing the international response (or failure to do so) and lessons learned. You might even find the reminiscences of aid workers and survivors. But these sites all examine the outbreak in retrospect and their pages and stories have been updated so often that posts from then can no longer be found. The Ebola collection is available via the UK Web Archive’s new beta interface.

Hausa Popular Fiction at SOAS. This week’s blog comes from Dawn Wright, SOAS subject Librarian for Africa, and looks at the Furniss Collection (E Coll 7), a collection of Hausa Popular Fiction made by Professor Graham Furniss (former Pro-Director for Research and Enterprise at SOAS, University of London) and acquired by SOAS Library in 2008. The collection was amongst a larger selection of Hausa materials from the Library’s collections on display for a recent visit to SOAS in December 2017, by Professor Muhammed Yahuza Bello (Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University Kano) and Dr Aliyu Muazu (Head of Department of African Languages at BUK).

African Scribes: Manuscript Culture of Ethiopia. February 6th marks the opening of a new display, “African Scribes: Manuscript Culture of Ethiopia,” in the British Library’s Sir John Ritblat Treasures Gallery. It will be the first exhibit to be held at the Library devoted entirely to Ethiopian manuscripts, exploring the culture of a manuscript tradition which extends back to the early centuries of the Christian era. The Ethiopian collections in the British Library include over 500 manuscripts most of which are written in Ge’ez and were acquired from the mid-eighteenth century onwards. The collection is especially strong in illuminated manuscripts of the 16th and 17th centuries and also contains, in addition to biblical texts, an important collection of Ethiopian magical and divinatory scrolls. On display is a selection of twelve exhibits chosen to demonstrate the arts of painting and calligraphy besides serving as an introduction to Ethiopian literary traditions.

 ICA invites you to celebrate the International Archives Day on Saturday 9 June 2018, on the theme of the ICA Yaoundé Conference 2018 #Archives : #Governance #Memory and #Heritage – For more info and to download the #IAD18 communication kit http://bit.ly/2H2ypZG 

Recuerda consultar el Boletín digital de la Asociación Latinoamericana de Archivos @ALAArchivos de febrero en: http://bit.ly/2GSF2h3

Conferences

4th Croatian ICARUS days & EURBICA Conference. The European Archival Landscape: Reaching out for new Horizons (March 14-16, 2018). This conference is comprised of contributions presenting a variety of digitization activities focused on the protection of written heritage as well as contributions introducing current archival projects and programmes across Europe such as “community as opportunity (co:op)“, Monasterium, Matricula, the Topotheque and the Time Machine FET Flagship Project: http://icar-us.eu/en/event/english-4th-croatia-icarus-days-eurbica-conference/

SCOLMA Annual Conference. ‘Things come together?: Literary archives from, in and for Africa.’ Monday 10 September 2018, University of Birmingham. Call for papers: http://scolma.org/event/call-for-papers-things-come-together-literary-archives-from-in-and-for-africa/

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