~ CONSIDERING THE ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC, THE CONFERENCE WILL BE ONLINE FROM MARCH 1ST UNTIL MARCH 5TH, 2021 ~
From Monday March 1st to Friday March 5th, 2021, the Université libre de Bruxelles and the Royal Museum for Central Africa will welcome international scholars from disciplines as diverse as linguistics, anthropology, archaeology, genetics, palaeobotany and others, to discuss methods and the latest results regarding the precolonial past of Africa. Contributions must address the precolonial history of Africa, but may be both theoretical or presenting research results, mono- and multidisciplinary. We especially encourage contributions reflecting on the central theme of the conference: “Extracting the Past from the Present”. Many of us analyze data that have been collected recently – words and phrases, observations of contemporary pottery techniques, genes, etc. – in order to formulate hypotheses on the past. Hardliners argue that only direct evidence – such as ancients objects – may inform us on the past and that such inferences are mere speculation. Yet, many of the insights we value today are based on contemporary evidence. Given its controversial nature, we also welcome critical approaches. More details on the conference’s incentives and central theme can be found here.
We foresee five days of conference as to avoid parallel sessions and instead foster the exchange between scholars working at opposite sides of the continent, on different epochs and diverging research interests, but all facing the same multidisciplinary challenge.
Proceedings of the conference will be published in a special volume of the international bilingual open-access journal Afriques: Débats, méthodes et terrains d’histoire.
You may find the preliminary program here.
Conference dates: March 1-5, 2021
Online format: the conference will be online, asynchronous, with a discussion forum. Presentations can be video-recorded or written and must be submitted in advance. More details will be available soon.
Please confirm your participation in the virtual conference here.
Birgit Ricquier, ULB
Daou Véronique Joiris, ULB
David Kopa wa Kopa, ULB – UNIKIS
Shingo Takamura, ULB
Els Cornelissen, RMCA
Alexandre Livingstone Smith, RMCA
Laurent Nieblas Ramirez, RBINS
Chiara Batini, University of Leicester
Koen Bostoen, Ghent University
Kathryn de Luna, Georgetown University
Pierre de Maret, ULB
Jeffrey Fleisher, Rice University
Olivier Gosselain, ULB
Alexa Höhn, Goethe University
Susan Keech McIntosh, Rice University
Alice Mezop Temgoua, University of Yaoundé 1
Karim Sadr, University of the Witwatersrand