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2021 Virtual Conference on Arabic-Script Manuscripts in Africa

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Sunday, 12 September–Thursday, 16 September 2021
Remotely via Zoom at Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Bibliotheca Alexandrina and The Islamic Manuscript Association—in partnership with the library’s Manuscripts Center and the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation—are delighted to announce the conference Arabic-Script Manuscripts in Africa, which will be held remotely via Zoom at Bibliotheca Alexandrina from 12 to 16 September 2021.

The conference will comprise six panels featuring original, current research on the Arabic-script manuscript cultures of North and Sub-Saharan Africa and the care and management of manuscript collections across the continent:

• Historical Traditions of Arabic-Script Manuscripts in Africa
• 
Manuscript Libraries and Manuscript Heritage Centres in Africa
• 
African Arabic-Script Languages
• 
Cataloguing, Editing, Research and Publishing
• 
Preservation, Conservation, and Digitization
• 
Cultural Property Protection

Each panel will include four papers—one presented by an invited keynote speaker and three presented by persons selected through a call for papers—and the organizers are honoured that the following keynote speakers have confirmed their participation: Dr Helmi SharawyDr Ahmed Chaouki BinebineDr Anne Katrine BangDr Seyni MoumouniDr Mohamed Diagayeté, and Dr Maria Luisa Russo.

Additionally, the conference will include six workshops corresponding to the themes of the panels. The languages of the conference will be Arabic, English, and French; and simultaneous interpretation will be available throughout the event. All panels and workshops will be held on Eastern European Time (EET)Subsequent to the conference, the organizers will publish its papers in an edited volume of proceedings.

Registration for the event in advance is required via the online registration form. Registration is free of charge, and will be open until 5 September 2021. A link to access the online event will be sent two days prior to the event to the email address associated with the registration form.

Persons wanting to attend a workshop must meet any prerequisites for participation and complete the separate online workshop application form. The application period will also be open until 5 September 2021. A link to each workshop will be sent to the selected participants two days prior the event to the email address associated with the application form.

For more information, please visit the conference’s website (asmiaconference.org), and see its Facebook (@Arabic-Script Manuscripts in Africa) and Twitter (@ASMIACONFERENCE) accounts.

Islamic Manuscript Conference Series: Introduction


The Islamic Manuscript Association's conferences have been held at the University of Cambridge every summer since 2005 in partnership with the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation and the University’s Centre of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, now renamed the HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies. Each conference gathers a large number of people from around the world to share current scholarship on Islamic manuscripts, particularly Islamic codicology and disciplines related to the care and management of Islamic manuscript collections, as well as to discuss the problems experienced by those working with Islamic manuscripts and to propose constructive and sustainable solutions.

Conferences have also featured technical training sessions; these have included an introduction to pest management in libraries and museums and the demonstration of a vacuum packing machine for the recovery of disaster-damaged manuscripts.

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Past Conferences:

2016

Sufism and Islamic Manuscript Culture

2014

Tenth Anniversary Conference: Manuscripts and Conflict

2013

Manuscripts of the Mamluk Sultanate and Its Contemporaries

2012

The Science of Manuscripts; Manuscripts of Science

2011

Islamic Manuscripts in South and Southeast Asia

2010

Central Asian Islamic Manuscripts & Manuscript Collections

2009

Access & Rights

2008

West African Islamic Manuscripts

2007

New Techniques and Technologies for Conservation and Digitisation

2006

Establishing the Islamic Manuscript Association

2005

Conservation, Cataloguing, Accessibility, Copyright, and Digitisation