Programme: Presentations


10.00am – 11.30am
Opening Ceremony

·       Welcome remarks by Director General, NCAC

·       Remarks by Ms. Chilufya of Gerda Henkel

·       Statement by Prof. Schreiber Henning. University of Hamburg

·       Opening Statement by Hon. Minister of Tourism and Culture, Hamat NK Bah

SESSION ONE: Oral History Archives in The Gambia and Guinea Bissau

11.30am – 12.10pm
Keynote speech

The genesis of an oral archive in The Gambia- The RDD collection, its scope and challenges in the modern world.
Alhaji Bakari Sidibe

12.10pm – 12.50pm
The RDD oral archives: From early days to digitization, experiences and challenges.
Siaka Fadera & Lamin Yarbo, NCAC/RDD

12.50pm – 1.30pm
Collecting Oral Testimonies toward the contemporary history of Guinea-Bissau: Challenges and Prospects.
Dr. Carlos Cardosa, INEP, Guinea-Bissau

SESSION TWO: Methods of Collecting Cultural Knowledge in the past and in the future

3.00pm – 3.40pm
Traditional Songs, Religious Hymns and Poems from Oral to Digital: Do We Have A Strategy?
Ousman Mamakay Bojang, UTG

4.00pm – 4.40pm
Methodological aspects of multimedia recordings– examples from data collection on cultural knowledge in Djibonker, Senegal.
Dr. Miriam Weidl, SOAS, UK

4.40pm – 5.20pm
Introduction to the history of the Senegambia.
Prof. Boubacar Barry, Universite Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal

SESSION THREE: Challenges of Digitizing Archives

10.00am – 10.40am
Digital Archiving within the context of The Gambia.
Ponceletet Ileleji, Co-ordinator, Gambia YMCA Training Centre.

10.40am – 11.20am
Leo Frobenius going digital – which images for whom?
Dr. Richard Kuba, Frobenius Institute, Germany

11.40am – 12.20pm
Digitization of the Nigerian National Archives: Problems and Prospects
Prof. Olayemi Akinwumi, Nasarawa State University, Nigeria

12.20pm – 1.00pm
INEP and Oral Tradition
Dr Leopoldo Amado, INEP, Guinea-Bissau

SESSION FOUR: Impact of Digital Archives on Political and Social Structures

2.30pm – 3.10pm
Oral Archives and Political Structures: Glimpsing the (Digital) Future Through the (Oral) Past
Dr. Toby Green, Kings College, UK

3.30pm – 4.10Pm
The Future of Oral Traditions: The Pre-colonial Senegambian Past, Digital History and the Modern Historian
Dr. Assan Sarr, Ohio State University, USA

4.10pm – 4.50pm
Digital Democracy And Socio- Historical Preservation: An Afro-Centred Approach.
Ms. Marsha M. Hall, Kingston, Jamaica

SESSION FIVE: Critical Issues of Digitizing Oral Archives

9.00am – 9.20am
Bala Saho: Ethical and Practical Considerations: Digitising Gambia’s Historical and Cultural Collections
Dr. Saho Bala, The University of Oklahoma, USA

9.20am – 10.00am
Digitization or deliquescence of Oral Archives
Dr. Mamadou Tangara, United Nations

10.20am – 11.00am
Tradition knowledge and folklore and protecting copyright in the digital age
Mr. Almamy F. Taal, Esq, UTG

11.00am -11.40am
Closing Ceremony

Field Trip to heritage sites within the Greater Banjul Area
12.30 pm departure from hotel
– National Museum, Banjul

– Arch 22 Monument, Banjul

– Banjul Market

– Post Office, Banjul

– Kachikally Sacred Crocodile Pool

– Tanje Village Museum