The (shiny, silvery) printed programme for the 25th International Medieval Congress is out now, I got my paper copy today, with all the “Reclaiming the Middle Ages for Africa” and “Medieval Ethopia” sessions in! Anyone interested in using the Africana blog in preparation of these sessions, or indeed later on, just drop me note: christof.rolker (at) uni-bamberg.de.
Call for Papers
What ‘forgotten’ period? Reclaiming the Middle Ages for Africa
International Medieval Congress
University of Leeds, UK, 2-5 July 2018
Africa has always been a nexus of trade routes, its history entangled with the continents that surround it: Europe, Asia, and America. These connections and interactions, whether productive or brutal, have been reasonably well documented for the classical period as well as from the onset of modern colonialism, but a chronological blank spot lingers on our historical memory. Why is it so difficult to remember the Middle Ages – their beginning, middle, and end – in and for Africa?