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09:00 - 18:00 6 November 2015

Deep pasts, deep cultures: Mande, Yoruba and Kongo


G11 (South Wing) | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

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Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Capetown
Michael Rowlands, UCL

Over the past two millennia African civilizations, with unique political traditions, artistic corpora, musical styles and oral literatures have grown and flourished along the valleys of the Niger, the Congo River basin and elsewhere in the Sub-Sahara. Often placed to one side by Afrocentrists in favour of Egypt/Kemet, or dismissed as insignificant by the criteria of Eurocentrists, these Deep Cultures have played a profound role in forming the basis of long-lived and enduring African civilizations. A challenge for African Studies today is both to capture the uniqueness of these civilizations and to disentangle the multiple traditions, ideas and histories which have shaped them.


Nikolas D Gestrich
+44 (0)7679 1534 | n.gestrich@ucl.ac.uk


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