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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 811: Medieval African Networks, III: From Ghana to Mali to Songhai

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:2022 Dan David Prize Funding
Organiser:Felege-Selam Yirga, Department of History, Ohio State University
Moderator/Chair:Verena Krebs, Historisches Institut, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Paper 811-aEunuchs, Empire, and the Culture of Power in Songhay and the Late Medieval Dār al-Islām
(Language: English)
Mathilde Montpetit, Department of History, New York University
Index terms: Administration, Economics - Trade, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 811-bThe So-Called 'Tomb' of Askia Muhammad: Pilgrimage, Politics, and Colonial Myth
(Language: English)
Mark Dike DeLancey, Department of History of Art & Architecture, DePaul University, Chicago
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 811-cRoyal Ideology in Christian Ethiopian Chronicles of the 15th and 16th Centuries
(Language: English)
Felege-Selam Yirga, Department of History, Ohio State University
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Local History, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Political Thought

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.