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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 111: Medieval African Entanglements, I: Art Histories in the Age of the 'Global Middle Ages'

Monday 3 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:2022 Dan David Prize Funding
Organiser:Solomon Gebreyes Beyene, Hiob Ludolf Centre for Ethiopian Studies, Universität Hamburg
Moderator/Chair:Andrea Achi, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Paper 111-aAfrica / Medieval: Entanglements in Museums
(Language: English)
Kathleen Bickford Berzock, Block Museum, Northwestern University, Illinois
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - General, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Local History
Paper 111-b'Budomel's Imperative': Toward a Decolonial African Art Historiography of Late Medieval Encounters
(Language: English)
Noah Michaud, School of Art & Art History, University of Florida
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Art History - General, Historiography - Modern Scholarship

The study of European-Asian interactions or the medieval Mediterranean has long been established within the field of Medieval Studies; in more recent years, the Indian Ocean has also become the subject of increasing scholarly attention. The integration of the role of networks, realms, and agents from the extensive continent of Africa into the concept of the 'Global Medieval', however, remains an ongoing challenge for the field. This series of sessions brings together scholars from all career stages and diverse backgrounds to address the topic and question of 'African Networks and Entanglements in the ‘Medieval World’' on a micro-, meso-, and macro level. The sessions centre the role of African realms, political entities, or agents as well as the economic, religious, cultural, intellectual, artistic, or diplomatic networks from West Africa to the Maghreb and the Horn to the Western Indian Ocean region.