Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 7 pm
Price: $20, $18 Friends, $12 students and seniors
Discover Africa's unsung golden age as Africanist François-Xavier Fauvelle reconstructs a history largely left out of our Western textbooks.
In this talk, Fauvelle explores the period from the birth of Islam in the 7th century to the voyages of European exploration in the 15th century, when regions such as present-day Ghana, Nubia, and Zimbabwe became the crossroads of civilizations and African figures played prominent roles in the globalized world of the Middle Ages.
Fauvelle will also discuss his book, The Golden Rhinoceros: Histories of the African Middle Ages, which brings this unsung era to life.
Francois-Xavier Fauvelle is an Africanist historian and archeologist. He is a professor at the Collège de France in Paris, and, in 2020, at Princeton University. He is a former director of the French Centre for Ethiopian Studies in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and for the past decade has led the French-Moroccan excavations program in Sijilmâsa, Morocco. Originally published in French in 2013, his book The Golden Rhinoceros: Histories of the African Middle Ages was released in English by Princeton University Press in 2018.
Presented with support from the African Studies Program, the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Department of History, the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, and the Institute of Islamic Studies