Seminar: Writing African History, Writing in African History
17 January 2011
On 17 & 18 January 2011, the Tombouctou Manuscripts Project hosted the workshop, ‘Writing African History, Writing in African History’, at the Mama Haidara Memorial Library, Timbuktu. The two-day workshop was co-hosted by SAVAMA-DCI and featured fifteen presentations, in Arabic, French and English, from scholars from Mali, South Africa and Nigeria. The speakers addressed a variety of issues around history in Africa, including the politics of archives, the use of oral sources and the instability of written sources. The West African scholars provided insight into working with traditional manuscripts, both as sources for history and historical texts themselves, while South African scholars offered insight into practical and conceptual issues regarding the writing of history in South Africa. Overall, the workshop provided a useful platform for new discussion around history and writing in Africa for scholars from the continent.