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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1343: Chronicles of Africa, I: Issues of Translation and Transmission

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Iona McCleery, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Hannah MacKenzie, Institute for Medieval Studies University of Leeds
Paper 1343-aBetween Egypt and Ethiopia: The Chronicle of John of Nikiu
(Language: English)
Daria Elagina, Hiob Ludolf Zentrum für Äthiopistik, Asien-Afrika-Institut, Universität Hamburg
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Other
Paper 1343-bPeeling back the Layers of an Onion?: Diogo Gomes's First Discovery of Guinea in the Valentim Fernandes Manuscript in Munich
(Language: English)
Iona McCleery, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 1343-cRethinking the Fall of Dotawo: A New Translation of the Texts and Archaeology
(Language: English)
Adam Simmons, Department of History, Lancaster University
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Other, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1343-dFrom the 19th-Century Tārīkh al-fattāsh to the 17th-Century Chronicle of Ibn al-Mukhtār
(Language: English)
Mauro Nobili, Department of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Politics and Diplomacy

Historical narratives written in and about Africa have fraught transmission and translation histories: they may not survive in their original format or language; manuscripts could be lost for centuries; texts might survive only in later compilations. 19th- and 20th-century editions, especially translations, are often riddled with errors. Although problems of this kind are relevant to all chronicles, those of Africa are particularly affected by imperial conflicts and colonial assumptions. Most chronicles continue to prompt questions about dating, genre, interpolation and reception. This session will explore these issues in detail via case studies from Ethiopia/Nubia and Portugal.