2021 Virtual Conference: Arabic-Script Manuscripts in Africa

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Announcement of 2021 Virtual Conference: Arabic-Script Manuscripts in Africa, 12-16 September 2021Remotely via Zoom from 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 in Alexandria, Egypt from 12 to 16 September 2021.

The conference will comprise five 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

Each panel will include four papers: one presented by an invited keynote speaker and three presented by persons selected through a call for papers. 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 webpage and see its facebook and twitter accounts.