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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 733: Material Africa, II: Remains and Echoes of the Medieval

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Fakultät für Geschichtswissenschaft, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Organiser:Solomon Gebreyes Beyene, Hiob Ludolf Centre for Ethiopian Studies, Universität Hamburg
Moderator/Chair:Adam Simmons, Department of History, Lancaster University
Paper 733-aElmina Castle in Ghana: Its Materiality, Significance, Meaning, and Perspectives in the Entangled Memory Culture
(Language: English)
Bea Lundt, Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften, Freie Universität Berlin / Seminar für Geschichte und Geschichtsdidaktik, Europa Universität Flensburg
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - General, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 733-bMedieval Mobilities: The Social Life of African Ivory and Lexicon in 'Early Modern' Europe
(Language: English)
Sylvie Kandé, Department of History & Philosophy, State University of New York, Old Westbury
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Social History
Paper 733-cEchoes of Exotic Others: Flemish Panel Paintings, Madre della Consolazione Icons, and Limoges Painted Enamels at the Late Medieval Ethiopian Royal Court
(Language: English)
Verena Krebs, Historisches Institut, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - Decorative Arts

Africa has a rich history of materiality. Not only are numerous African societies long renown for their material skills, particularly in metal work, African materials have continually been used in workshops further afield, notably gold and ivory. Medieval Africa offers a rich and varied collection of techniques, designs, and uses for objects across its regions for both art and ceremony. This series of interconnected sessions offer discussions on various regional approaches to African materiality, from north-west African to the east coast, and its decoration and production.