IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 223: Reclaiming the Middle Ages for Africa, II: Medieval Mali and the Indian Ocean

Monday 2 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Fakultät für Geschichtswissenschaft, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Organisers:Verena Krebs, Historisches Institut, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Adam Simmons, Department of History, Lancaster University
Moderator/Chair:Meseret Oldjira, Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University
Paper 223-bTimbuktu: A Forgotten Medieval Knowledge Centre
(Language: English)
Tahar Abbou, Departement d'Anglais, Université d'Adrar, Algeria
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 223-c'Per l'abondànçia de l'or': Metalwork Techniques and the Kingdom of Mali
(Language: English)
Sarah Guérin, Department of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - General, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Language and Literature - Other

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 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.