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Workshop Report: “West African Manuscripts: Encyclopaedic Dimension of Study”

19 June 2012

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”.

“Tombouctou : Pour une histoire de l’érudition en Afrique de l’Ouest”

18 June 2012

Le Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique (CODESRIA) et le Human Science Research Council (HSRC) d’Afrique du Sud a eu une discussion autour du livre “Tombouctou : Pour une histoire de l’érudition en Afrique de l’Ouest”, publié en anglais sous le titre “The meanings of Timbuktu”, par Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Columbia University, USA) et Shamil Jeppie (University of Capetown, Afrique du Sud).

Discussion on the book “The meanings of Timbuktu”

18 June 2012

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Human Science Research Council (HSRC) of South Africa recently held a discussion on the book “The meanings of Timbuktu”, published in French as “Tombouctou : Pour une histoire de l’érudition en Afrique de l’Ouest” and edited by Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Columbia University, USA) and Shamil Jeppie (University of Capetown, South Africa).

Farewell Saarah Jappie

1 August 2011

The Tombouctou Manuscripts Project and the Archive and Public Culture initiative hosted a joint farewell party for Saarah Jappie on the 29th of July 2011. The party was a festive occasion bringing together the many friends Saarah has made in her stay in Cape Town. Shamil reminded us all in his speech that evening what a special member of the Project Saarah has been these last three years, as an excellent researcher, a dedicated project assistant and as a dear friend.

Calligraphic Africa: A Personal Perspective

15 June 2011

This Tombouctou series, entitled “Calligraphic Africa”, featured an interesting range of conversations.  The most common thread amongst the various talks probably being books.  When I asked Shamil Jeppie about the lecture series he said this was to inform some research he was doing on the book.  What did it mean to me?