Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The following call for papers may be of interest to you. Please respond to the organisers directly.
We would like to invite some additional contributions to our session during the SAfA-Conference 2020 (https://www.arch.ox.ac.uk/safa-2020) entitled:
“Entangled Africa: Interactions, relations and networks within Africa”
Session code: PA- 13
If you are interested in participating, please send your title, author list, and a 150-word abstract for consideration to the session organizers Friederike Jesse and Alexa Höhn (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com) and the SAfA Organizing Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please send us the information as soon as possible, the latest 22nd of January 2020. We will respond in turn by January 24th on whether we can accommodate your proposal. We are accepting a few additional papers, for a total maximum of 12 for the session.
Please find the abstract of our workshop below and do not forget to mention the workshop code and short title “PA-13 Interactions, Relations and Networks in Africa” in the subject line of your email.
Very much looking forward to your abstracts, and to meeting many of you in Oxford!
Alexa and Friederike
Workshop PA-13 Interactions, Relations and Networks in Africa
Keywords: Intra-Africa, Entanglement, Interaction, Transfer, Networking, Material culture
This symposium addresses questions of entanglements and their contribution to the formation and development of human societies in Africa in the past. Presentations should therefore address intra-African interactions, whether that is transfer of ideas, knowledge, material culture, animals, plants or people. The spatial scale of entanglement may cover long distances or be confined to a limited area. In addition, the means of interaction (e.g. migration, trade, networking or war), the necessary infrastructure (e.g. pack animals, routes and roads, market places) as well as the external conditions and the motivation for entanglement and interaction are of interest. We welcome theoretical and methodological papers as well as case studies aiming at a better understanding of the indicators as well as forms, patterns and consequences of entanglement and interaction within the African continent during the past.
The symposium is hosted by researchers involved in the project “Entangled Africa: Intra-African relations between rain forest and Mediterranean, c. 6000 – 500 BP” (https://www.dainst.blog/entangled-africa/en/home/), but seeks to initiate discussions with researchers from outside the project working on or interested in this challenging subject. In this session, we hope to discover an array of parallels, divergences, connections, trajectories.