This is a reminder about the final lecture in the “Calligraphic Africa” series which is scheduled for tomorrow, the 11th of September at 13h00 in the HUMA Seminar room, Humanities Building, University Avenue South, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town.
This is a reminder about the third lecture in the “Calligraphic Africa” series which is scheduled for 13h00 on the 21st of August (tomorrow) and will take place in the HUMA Seminar room, Humanities Building, University Avenue South, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town.
On 22 March 2012, the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CMSC) of the University of Hamburg hosted the international workshop entitled “West African Manuscripts: Encyclopaedic Dimension of Study”.
Those who are familiar with Jamaica Kincaid’s work, especially A Small Place (1998), will have noted the reference to natives and tourists as well as colour, and the register in which these references were made as nodding in the direction of her book. This time round Joseph Conrad is at the back of my mind. Soon you’ll see how. In the last piece you got a glimpse of us, the natives of somewhere else, visiting manuscripts libraries, mosques and an artisan’s studio. In the evening, dust covered and exhausted, we lumber into La Maison hotel to sup on the delights that were on offer that night.
The internal social, economic, and political dynamics within the Sahara have been areas of increasing interest for scholars, who have challenged previous views of the Sahara as the no-mans-land between North Africa and “black Africa”. In recent decades the Sahara has once again become a space for political contestations and connections between regions to its northern and southern shores.
The workshop hopes to explore some of the political and other processes at work in the contemporary Sahara, drawing on the expertise of scholars from the region and outside it.
Dates: Thursday and Friday, September 8- 9, 2011. Venue: the Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA) Seminar room, 4th floor Oppenheimer Institute Building, University of Cape Town.
There will also be a public lecture by Dr. Larbi Sadiki (University of Exeter) on “North Africa between two revolutions” which will take place on the evening of the 8th of September at 6pm at the same venue.