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Going Digital: The Present and Future of African Archives and Museums

20 Oct Africa Week 2021 Part of Africa Week

Speakers:

Dr Colin Darch, Fellow of the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa, and Honorary Researcher at the University of Cape Town

Dr Livio Sansone, Professor of Anthropology at the Federal University of Bahia

Dr Vincent Hiribarren, Senior Lecturer in Modern African History in the Department of History, King's College London

Chair:

Dr Flavia Gasbarri, Lecturer in War Studies and Co-Chair of the Africa Research Group, King's College London

The promotion of research on Africa and the inclusion of the scholarship from the continent into academic debates and teaching programmes is receiving an increasing attention among the academic community. At the same time access to primary sources and archival materials often remains a challenge for scholars and researchers on Africa.

To what extent can new technologies provide a solution to this problem? Will the growing digitalisation of African archives and museums open new possibilities for research in and on Africa? And what are the potential side effects of this process? How do we address the problems of intellectual property and copyright?

Join our panel discussion on these issues and more.  

This event will be held on Zoom, please register for your place. 

 

Bios:

Livio Sansone is full Professor of Anthropology at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA). He is the head of the Factory of Ideas Program – an advanced international course in ethnic and African studies – and coordinates the Digital Museum of African and Afro-Brazilian Heritage. He has published extensively on youth culture, ethnicity, inequalities, international transit of ideas of race and antiracism, anthropology and colonialism, and globalisation. His best known book in English is Blackness Without Ethnicity. Creating Race in Brazil.

Colin Darch is a fellow of the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa, and an honorary researcher at the University of Cape Town. He is the author of the Historical Dictionary of Mozambique and co-author of both Freedom of Information in the Developing World and Samora Machel: Retorica Politica e Independencia em Mocambique. His research interests include the role of intellectual property laws in relation to development issues in less developed countries, the functioning of such research quality controls as peer review , and Freedom of Information issues in Africa.

Vincent Hiribarren is Senior Lecturer in Modern African History in the Department of History, King's College London. He is the author of A History of Borno and Un manguiez au Nigeria (A mango tree in Nigeria). Dr Hiribarren is currently leading on a project of digitalisation of national archives in Nigeria.

 

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Flavia Gasbarri

Flavia Gasbarri

Lecturer in War Studies Education


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