2014: PAST EVENTS - Philology in Question Series

13 April 2015

  Philology in Question Series

 “Philology” has been at the centre of humanities scholarship since the 18th century, in conventional dating of the discipline, but goes back even further, to the 15th century at least, and even earlier outside the West. Its methods and procedures were an integral and even dominant mode of humanities research into the early 20th century. Historical research entailed training in philological methods, Comparative and Historical Linguistics became separate fields but had their origins with the philologists, and of course, the study of literature was a philological enterprise. We called our seminar series from this year “Philology in Question” and hosted the following sessions:
 
Title: The Timbuktu Manuscripts after the 2012-13 Crisis: Present and Future Perspectives
Speaker: Mohamed Diagayété  (Ahmad Baba Institute, Mali)
 
Title: The Maigala Manuscript Collection, Timbuktu
Speaker: Sidi Allimam Maiga (Ahmad Baba Institute, Mali)
 
Date: Tuesday, 3 June 2014
 
 
Title: Linguistic and literary heritage on the East African coast: Towards preserving, digitising and interpreting Swahili manuscripts
Speaker: Lutz Marten (SOAS, University of London)
 
Swahili, a Bantu language of East Africa, is one of the most widely spoken African languages. Originally spoken along the East African coast from southern Somalia to northern Mozambique, it is now used by about 80 million speakers as a language of wider communication in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, the DRC and neighbouring countries. Swahili has an extensive literary tradition, and its written literature spans more than three centuries. This linguistic and literary history is preserved in several collections of Swahili manuscripts, the principal ones of which are found in archives and libraries in East Africa, Germany and in the UK.
 
Date: Tuesday, 9 September 2014
 
For more information, review the series rationale and the seminar announcements here and here
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