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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 211: Medieval African Entanglements, II: Afro-European Entanglements

Monday 3 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:2022 Dan David Prize Funding
Organiser:Andrea Achi, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Moderator/Chair:Abidemi Babatunde Babalola, British Museum, London
Paper 211-aGaming Networks: Did Medieval Africans Play Chess?
(Language: English)
Krisztina Ilko, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Art History - General, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 211-bThe Queen of Sheba as African Self and Other in Medieval Literatures
(Language: English)
Jillian Stinchcomb, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Other

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.