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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1443: Chronicles of Africa, II: Pending Questions - A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Organiser:Iona McCleery, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Iona McCleery, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Abstract

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 round table discussion will pick up the issues discussed in a related session (Chronicles of Africa: Issues of Translation and Transmission) with a wider variety of scholars working on narratives produced in or about Africa.

Participants include Solomon Gebreyes Beyene (Universit├Ąt Hamburg), Mauro Nobili (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Adam Simmons (Nottingham Trent University), and Vincent W. J. van Gerven Oei (Punctum books).