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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 711: Medieval African Networks, II: Connectivity

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:2022 Dan David Prize Funding
Organiser:Verena Krebs, Historisches Institut, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Moderator/Chair:Andrea Achi, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Paper 711-aThe Early Islamic Maghreb: New Administrative Centres in Medieval Africa
(Language: English)
Michelle Al-Ferzly, Department of History of Art, University of Michigan
Index terms: Administration, Art History - General, Byzantine Studies, Daily Life
Paper 711-bResituating Jewish Art in Byzantine North Africa
(Language: English)
Naila Razzaq, Department of Religious Studies, Yale University
Pratima Gopalakrishnan, Department of Classics, University of Texas, Austin
Index terms: Administration, Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - General, Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Paper 711-cPolitical Insurgency and State Formation in Northeast Africa: Insights from Judeo-Arabic and Old Nubian Documentary Sources
(Language: English)
Craig Perry, Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Studies, Emory University, Georgia
Index terms: Administration, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies

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.