The Deep History of Africa: New Narrative Approaches

AHA Session 200
Saturday, January 5, 2013: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM
Oak Alley Room (Sheraton New Orleans)
James H. Sweet, University of Wisconsin–Madison
The Public Practice of History in and for a Digital Age
The Digital Reconstruction of Songo Mnara, Tanzania
Jeffrey Fleisher, Rice University; Stephanie Wynne-Jones, University of York
Controlling the Fire: Individuation and Investment in West Africa
David Schoenbrun, Northwestern University; William Gblerkpor, University of Texas at Austin
The Audience

Session Abstract

Interest in early African history has been waning for some time now. Compelling stories can be told from the fragments of archaeological, oral, archival, and linguistic sources that early Africanist historians rely upon. The problem resides in presenting these compelling narratives in formats that are relevant and attractive to younger scholars (to say nothing of the broader public). The scholars on this panel—including archaeologists, linguists, and historians—will demonstrate the creative and cutting-edge ways that early African histories can be conveyed through film, graphic novels, and multi-media web sites, as well as through more traditional monographic narratives.

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