African Research & Documentation

The journal of the Standing Conference on Library Materials in Africa (SCOLMA). It is published three times a year.

Articles from No. 112, 2010

Africana Personal Papers at Indiana University: Issues and Questions
Indiana University (IU) owns several collections of Africana personal papers. In this presentation, I will discuss this conference's theme, that is the research potential of such papers, from a librarian's perspective, based on my work with those collections,...
Africa Yearbook Volume 5: Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara in 2008
Africa yearbook volume 5: politics, economy and society South of the Sahara in 2008; edited by Andreas Mehler, Henning Melber, Klaas van Walraven and sub-editor Rolf Hofmeier. Leiden: Brill, 2009. xvi, 520pp. ISBN 978 -90-0417811-3 (pbk), ISSN 1871-2525....
Beyond the Malachite Hills: A Life of Colonial Service and Business in the New Africa
Beyond the Malachite Hills: a life of colonial service and business in the new Africa, by Jonathan Lawley. London: LB. Tauris, 2010. [xi] + 304 pp. ISBN 9781-84885-049-1. £27.50.Jonathan Lawley was born in India during the Raj, and he was educated in...
Different Truths: Ethnomedicine in Early Postcards
Different Truths: Ethnomedicine in Early Postcards, by Peter A.G.M. De Smet. Amsterdam: KIT Publishers, 2010. 216pp. ISBN 978-94-6022-017-3. EUR 34.50.Peter De Smet is a postcard collector, but with a very serious purpose. As it happens, so am I. For...
Dr. Livingstone, I Presume? Missionaries, Journalists, Explorers and Empire/Zambesi: David Livingstone and Expeditionary Science in Africa
Dr. Livingstone, I presume? Missionaries, journalists, explorers and Empire, by Claire Pettitt. London: Profile Books, 2007. 244 pp. ISBN 978-1-861977281. £15.19.Zambesi: David Livingstone and Expeditionary Science in Africa, by Lawrence Dritsas. London:...
Editorial Note
SCOLMA's 2010 Conference, held at the British Library in June 2010, broke new ground. For the first time we issued a call for papers, ran parallel sessions and were so over-subscribed that we had to turn people away. Clearly our chosen topic, The Real...
English Literature in Southern Africa: Nelm at 30(1)
VisionThe National English Literary Museum champions the cause of the humane values such as tolerance, acceptance and inclusivity so nobly and memorably embodied in our literature. All South Africans who write creatively and imaginatively in English...
Making Headway: The Introduction of Western Civilization in Colonial Northern Nigeria
Making Headway: the introduction of Western civilization in colonial Northern Nigeria; by Andrew Barnes. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2009. xii +330 pp. ISBN 9781580462990. £55.This is a remarkably detailed study, deeply researched and highly...
Management Perceptions of Internet - Based Banking Services in Nigerian Commercial Banks
AbstractThis study investigates management perceptions of internet-based banking services with special references to commercial banks in Nigeria. There was a significant difference between male and female management perceptions of internet-based banking...
The Cambridge Companion to the African Novel
The Cambridge Companion to the African Novel; edited by F. Abiola Irele. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. xxii + 282 pp. Hardback ISBN 978-0-522-85560-0. £50. Paperback ISBN 978-0-521-67168-2. £17.99.I approached this volume with some scepticism....
'Tin Trunk Literati' and Beyond: Hidden Sources for Africa's History
Serendipity and surprise occasionally contribute to the work of the historian. A chance discovery of crucial documents, a word from an informant, or a brief text helping to resolve a puzzle from the past, can set the adrenalin pulsing. Despite the apparent...
Zulu Identities: Being Zulu, Past and Present
Zulu identities: being Zulu, past and present; edited by Benedict Carton, John Laband and Jabulani Sithole. London: Hurst, 2009. xxv + 633 pp. ISBN 978-185065-952-5. £25."What does it mean to be Zulu today? Is this different from what it has meant in...
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