IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 123: Reclaiming the Middle Ages for Africa, I: From Nubia to Ethiopia

Monday 2 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Fakultät für Geschichtswissenschaft, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Organisers:Vincent van Gerven Oei, punctum books, Tirana
Meseret Oldjira, Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University
Moderator/Chair:Adam Simmons, Department of History, Lancaster University
Paper 123-aThe Memories of Byzantium as Preserved in Nubia's Political Ideology after the 7th Century
(Language: English)
Effrosyni Zacharopoulou, Independent Scholar, Athens
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Greek, Language and Literature - Other
Paper 123-bFor Sale: Old Nubian Land Sales and What They Tell Us about Nubian Medieval Economy
(Language: English)
Vincent van Gerven Oei, punctum books, Tirana
Index terms: Demography, Economics - Urban, Language and Literature - Other, Law
Paper 123-cEarly Pan-African Biblical Projects: New Perspectives on Solomon, Sheba, and the Ethiopian 14th-Century Text Kəbrä Nägäst
(Language: English)
Wendy Laura Belcher, Department of Comparative Literature, Princeton University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Other, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Medievalism and Antiquarianism

Africa has always been a nexus of trade routes, its history entangled with the continents that surround it: Europe, Asia, and America. These connections and interactions, whether productive or brutal, have been reasonably well documented for the classical period as well as from the onset of modern colonialism, but a chronological blank spot lingers on our historical memory. The papers in these five sessions aim to recover parts of our collective memory loss, covering topics such as the Byzantine influence on Nubia, Ethiopian Jews, and the golden age of scholarship in Timbuktu.