Conference: “Ethiopians Abroad in the Middle Ages”, Ecole francaise de Rome, 23rd-26th May 2023

The international conference of the ERC project HornEast (Horn & Crescent. Connections, Mobility and Exchange between the Horn of Africa and the Middle East in the Middle Ages). The project offers the first comprehensive study of medieval connections between the Horn of Africa and the Middle East in both Christian and Islamic contexts.

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23 May 2023

Pontificio Istituto Orientale

15.00 Visit of the Pontificio Istituto Orientale

16.45 Key note lecture by Alessandro Bausi

24 May 2023

École française de Rome, piazza Navona 62

9.00 Welcome of the participants

9.30 Introduction of the conference

10.00 Session 1. Slaves and Freed Men and Women

14h Opening of the exhibition Four Campaigns of Archaeological Survey and Excavations in Eastern Tigray, Ethiopia

14.40 Session 2. Cultural Brokers

25 May 2023

École française de Rome, piazza Navona 62

9.00 Session 3. Jerusalem

11.20 Session 4. Networks I. Materiality

14.00 Session 5. Networks II. Monasteries and Tariqas

16.20 Session 6. Networks III. Embassies

26 May 2023

École française de Rome, piazza Navona 62

9.00 Session 7. Ethiopian Cairo

12.40 Conclusions

15.00 Visit of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana and of the Church of Santo Stefano dei Mori

Members of the ERC project HornEast:

  • Simon Dorso, Aix-Marseille Université
  • Julien Loiseau, Aix-Marseille Université
  • Shahista Mohamed, Aix-Marseille Université


  • Olivia Adankpo, Université Grenoble Alpes
  • Mathilde Alain, Centre for the Study of the Renaissance (University of Warwick) – Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance (Université de Tours)
  • Martina Ambu, LabEx Hastec – EPHE (Paris)
  • Deresse Ayenachew, I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (Florence)
  • Alessandro Bausi, Universität Hamburg
  • Iskandar Bcheiry, American Theological Library Association
  • Sobhi Bouderbala, ERC HornEast – Faculté des Sciences Humaines et Sociales de Tunis
  • Giuseppe Cecere, Università di Bologna – Alma Mater Studiorum
  • Alice Croq, ANR ChrIs-cross
  • Sophia Dege-Müller, Universität Hamburg
  • Alessandro Gori, Københavns Universitet
  • Magdi Guirguis, Kafrelsheikh University et IFAO (Égypte)
  • Bertrand Hirsch, Université Paris-1 Panthéon Sorbonne
  • Timothy Insoll, University of Exeter
  • Verena Krebs, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Zacharie Mochtari, Université de Liège
  • Mikael Muehlbauer, Columbia University
  • Craig Perry, Emory University
  • Perrine Pilette, CNRS – UMR Orient et Méditerranée (Paris)
  • Zaroui Pogossian, Università degli Studi di Firenze
  • Camille Rouxpetel, Université de Nantes
  • Awet Teklehimanot Araya, University of Exeter
  • Anaïs Wion, CNRS – Institut des Mondes Africains (Paris)

Published by charlottecook

Charlotte Cook graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in European History from Washington & Lee University in 2019. In 2020 she received her Master’s degree in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, earning the classification of Merit. Her research explores questions of royal patronage, both by and in honor of rulers, in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England. She has worked as a researcher and collections assistant at several museums and galleries, and plans to begin her PhD in the autumn of 2022.

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