CFP: ‘African Networks and Entanglements in a “Medieval World”’, IMC 2023, deadline 19 Sep 2022

International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UK, 3–6 July 2023

The study of European-Asian interaction or the medieval Mediterranean has long been established within Medieval Studies; in more recent years, the Indian Ocean has also become the subject of increasing scholarly attention. The integration of the role of the extensive continent of Africa, its networks, realms, and agents, into the concept of the “Global Medieval”, however, remains an ongoing challenge for the field. Seeking to utilise the special thematic strand of “Networks and Entanglements” of the 2023 International Medieval Congress in Leeds, we aim to put together a series of sessions that address the topic and question of “African Networks and Entanglements in a ‘Medieval World’”.

We welcome papers at the micro-, meso-, and macro levels that centre the role of African realms, political entities, or agents as well as the economic, religious, cultural, intellectual, artistic, or diplomatic networks and entanglements from Atlantic and West Africa to the Southern Mediterranean to the Western Indian Ocean region between 300 and 1600 CE, as well as papers that interrogate the role of African realms within ‘medieval’ world system(s), and/or those that address and challenge the boundaries created by the disciplinary and linguistic constraints of the academy.

Papers from scholars of all career stages and research backgrounds (history, art history, archaeology, philology, religious studies, etc.) are welcome. Travel bursaries to support the attendance of early career researchers, independent scholars, and those working outside of North American/European academe are available.

Abstracts of up to 250 words should be sent to the dedicated email account AfricanMiddleAges@gmail.com by Monday, 19th of September 2022.

Please include your preferred paper title, A-V and bursary requirements and your contact details (full name, title, affiliation, address, email address).

Organizers / Contacts

  • Abidemi Babatunde Babalola, British Museum, UK • ababalola@britishmuseum.org
  • Andrea M. Achi, Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA • Andrea.Achi@metmuseum.org
  • Felege-Selam Solomon Yirga, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA • fyirga@utk.edu
  • Solomon Gebreyes Beyene, Hamburg University, Germany • fonv579@uni-hamburg.de
  • Verena Krebs, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany • Verena.B.Krebs@rub.de

Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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