IMC Leeds 2017 – “Medieval Ethiopia” Sessions

Medieval Ethiopia and Ethiopia and the Red Sea

List of Sessions and Papers at the

International Medieval Congress

University of Leeds, UK     |      July 3rd-6th 2017

 

UPDATE: The Congress opens today. For any short-notice changes to the programme, download the pdf version from the IMC’s so-called microsite:

https://www.imc2017.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMC2017_Programme_as_of_26_June_2017.pdf

 

The five sessions will bring together papers on medieval Ethiopia, Egypt, the Red Sea and beyond from the fields of history, archaeology, art history and philology; special attention is given to the interaction between these regions and the Mediterranean, including artistic exchange, trade, and historiography.

The first session examines the Red sea region as connecting the Mediterranean to Eastern Africa.; the second session highlights the religious plurality in medieval Ethiopia; the third one on artistic exchange and historiography. The mythical Prester John and other aspects of the Western image of Ethiopia will be explored in the fourth session. Finally, the fifth session explores changes in art, religion and apocalyptic visions of Ethiopia.

https://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/imc2017_call.html

Chronological List of Sessions

 

 

Monday, July 3rd, 11.15-12.45, Emmanuel Centre: Room 11

 

Session 135
Title The Red Sea as Centre and Periphery
Organiser Adam Simmons, Department of History, Lancaster University
Moderator/Chair Verena Krebs, Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Paper 135-a The Archaeology of the Medieval Period in the Sudan Red Sea: New Perspective
Ahmed Hussein, Department of Archaeology, University of Khartoum, Sudan 
Paper 135-b The Archaeology of Islam in the Red Sea and Eastern Desert: A Reconsideration
Intisar Soghayroun Elzein, Department of Archaeology, University of Khartoum, Sudan 
Paper 135-c Ibn Jubayr’s Portrayals of the Social Life at the Sides of the Red Sea during Saladin’s Reign
Hussain Alqarni, Department of Arabic Language, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah

 

Tuesday, July 4th , 09.00-10.30, Emmanuel Centre: Room 11

Session 534
Title Medieval Ethiopia, I: Religious Plurality in Medieval Ethiopia
Organiser Verena Krebs, Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  Christof Rolker, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie, Universität Bamberg
Moderator/Chair Verena Krebs, Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Paper 534-a Magic in Medieval Ethiopian Christian Kingdom: The Circulation of Knowledges, Techniques, and Practices from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea, 15th Century
Ayda Bouanga, Laboratoire d’excellence, Histoire et anthropologie des savoirs, des techniques et des croyances, heSam Université, Paris / Centre d’études en sciences sociales du religieux (CéSor), Paris 
Paper 534-b Shedding Light on Medieval Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jewish) Monasticism: An Examination of Sources and Suggestions for Future Studies
Bar Kribus, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
Paper 534-c The Structure of Argumentation in Pseudo-Aksumite Hagiography
Felege-Selam Yirga, Department of History, Ohio State University 


Tuesday, July 4th, 11.15-12.45, Emmanuel Centre: Room 11

 

Session 634
Title Medieval Ethiopia, II: Gospel Books and Chronicles
Organiser Verena Krebs, Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  Christof Rolker, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie, Universität Bamberg
Moderator/Chair Christof Rolker, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie, Universität Bamberg
Paper 634-a Representations of the Portuguese in the Royal Chronicle of King Gälawdewos, 1540-1559: A Historical Commentary
Solomon Gebreyes Beyene, Hiob Ludolf Centre for Ethiopian Studies, Universität Hamburg 
Paper 634-b Gospel Illuminations: Ethiopian Paintings and Their European Models
Dorothea McEwan, Warburg Institute, University of London 
Paper 634-c Cracking the Fra Mauro Code on Abassia Ethyopia
Samuel C. Walker, Research & Knowledge Management Office, St Mary’s University, Ethiopia 

Tuesday, July 4th, 14.15-15.45, Emmanuel Centre: Room 11

Session 734
Title Medieval Ethiopia, III: History, Archeology, and the Mythical Prester John
Organiser Verena Krebs, Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Moderator/Chair Felicitas Schmieder, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität Hagen
Paper 734-a Historical and Legendary Sources at the Origins of the Ethiopian Prester John
Marco Giardini, Independent Scholar, Ferrara 
Paper 734-b Comparing Fra Mauro’s Depiction of Medieval Ethiopia to Sites Discovered via Satellite Archaeology in Modern Shoa, Ethiopia
Marco Viganò, Center for Environmental & Developmental Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia 
Paper 734-c Defining Ethiopia, Nubia, and India in Medieval Europe: How Confusing Is It?
Adam Simmons, Department of History, Lancaster University 

 

 

Tuesday, July 4th, 16.30-18.00, Emmanuel Centre: Room 11

Session 834
Title Medieval Ethiopia, IV: Art, Religion, and Apocalypse
Organiser Christof Rolker, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie, Universität Bamberg
Moderator/Chair Adam Simmons, Department of History, Lancaster University
Paper 834-a The Miniature of Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem in Medieval Ethiopian Illuminated Manuscripts
Meseret Oldjira, Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University 
Paper 834-b Seeing Faith: Ethiopian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Art during the Jesuit Interlude, 1557-1632
Kristen Windmuller-Luna, African Art Collections, Princeton University Art Museum 
Paper 834-c The Motif of the Apocalyptic Abyssinian: From Early Islamic hadith to Prophecies during the 5th Crusade
Mordechay Lewy, Historisches Seminar, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main 

 

All sessions and papers will be accompanied by publication of abstracts and/or further discussions on the subjects here at  http://africana.hypotheses.org/

Christof Rolker

Christof Rolker is a historian interested in the Middle Ages, esp. canon law, kinship, family, sex and gender, and the use of symbolic goods (names, coats of arms etc).

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