Registration is now open for the workshop "Multilingual Locals and Significant Geographies before Colonialism", which will run 16–18 June 2016 at SOAS, University of London.
This is the first major event of the 5-year research project "Multilingual Locals and Significant Geographies: For a New Approach to World Literature", funded by the European Research Council. This workshop seeks to map pre-colonial histories of local and transregional multilingualism in the Maghreb, north India, and Ethiopia. In the Maghreb this will include Berber in the North and the South, classical Arabic, French, Spanish and Judeo-Moroccan; in north India: Persian, Hindavi, Arabic and Sanskrit; in Ethiopia Ge'ez and any traces of oral and written traditions in the other languages present in the region. In the medieval period Ethiopian culture was well connected with religious centres of learning in the Mediterranean and Middle East.
The full programme, list of speakers and paper abstracts are available at the link above. Please note that the deadline for registration is Friday 3 June. Please register at this link (a small fee is payable).