“Manuscript Culture in the Niger Bend” Seminar on 24 October

15 October 2012

The Tombouctou Mss Project invites to to attend the following seminar:

AW Mellon Scholarship Seminar:
“Manuscript culture in the Niger Bend”
Wednesday 24 October 2012
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This seminar will consist of three presentations followed a general discussion and is targeted at students and lecturers in the fields of history, archive studies, African studies, and Religious studies (Islam in Africa).  The speakers will cover different aspects that contribute to a deeper understanding of the manuscript culture in the West African region epitomized by the manuscripts of Timbuktu.  Prof Shamil Jeppie will present his work on the traditions of manuscript copying and circulation, which explain the proliferation of this culture up to the 20th century.  Dr Mauro Nobili will then focus on a material and artistic aspect of the manuscripts, their different calligraphic scripts.  Finally, Susana Molins Lliteras will end off with a particular case study of one private library in Timbuktu, the Fondo Kati, and the peculiar characteristics of its manuscripts.

09h00 – 09h30 Tea/Coffee and biscuits.

09h30 – 9h45 Welcome and Introduction of speakers by Seminar Chair, Dr Shahid Mathee (UJ)

09h45 – 10h15 Speaker 1: Shamil Jeppie (UCT)
“Ahmad Bularaf and copying culture in the Sahel”

10h15 – 10h30 Questions and Answers

10h30 – 11h00 Speaker 2: Mauro Nobili (UCT)
“A taxonomy of West African Arabic script styles (1750-1950): A work in progress”

11h00 – 11h15 Questions and Answers

11h15 – 11h30 Tea/Coffee Break

11h30 - 12h00 Speaker 3: Susana Molins Lliteras (UCT)
“Genealogy and Marginalia: An introduction to the Fondo Kati archive”

12h00 – 12h15 Questions and Answers

12h15 – 13h00 General Discussion, Closure and Thanks

13h00 - 14h00 Lunch and Departure

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