IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 845: (Mis)Remembering First Encounter, II: West Africa

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Organisers:Claudia Rogers, School of History, University of Leeds
Adam Simmons, Department of History, Lancaster University
Moderator/Chair:Verena Krebs, Historisches Institut, Ruhr-Universit├Ąt Bochum
Respondent:David Abulafia, Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge
Paper 845-aMemories of Meals: The Role of Food Encounters in European Narratives of West Africa and the Western Atlantic Islands in the 15th and Early 16th Centuries
(Language: English)
Iona McCleery, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Anthropology, Historiography - Modern Scholarship
Paper 845-bFirst First Encounters: Interacting, Understanding, and Evolving before the Traditional Narrative
(Language: English)
Adam Simmons, Department of History, Lancaster University
Index terms: Anthropology, Economics - Trade, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Mentalities
Abstract

Building on the IMC’s new strand of Global Medieval Studies and the first session exploring first encounters across the Atlantic, this session switches its focus to the Atlantic African coast. First encounters in an African context range between those involved in trade, intellectual exchange, particularly influencing culture and language, and those operating within a variety of imperial ambitions, both indigenous and foreign. These papers seek to address wide ranging aspects of first encounter within these broadly defined areas, principally focusing on food exchange, the concept of the ‘exotic’, and the questioning of the limitations of dating first encounter and the perceived silence a lack of sources is often taken as throughout the history of the West African coast.