What types of evidence, data, and sources can we use to expand knowledge of the African past? How can different types of evidence be critically analysed – be they landmarks on African landscapes or faded texts produced by authors unfolding specific intellectual and political projects?
These are some of the questions that have animated the work of Dr. Paulo Fernando de Moraes Farias for five decades. On 12-14 November 2015 the Department of African Studies and Anthropology (DASA) and Centre of West African Studies (CWAS) of the University of Birmingham (UK) will host a symposium aimed at confronting these questions and speaking to issues that have been central to Dr. De Moraes Farias’ scholarship.
As a very special opening to the symposium, Dr. De Moraes Farias has accepted to give the third Fage Lecture on Thursday 12 November 2015 at 5pm. His lecture will be followed by a reception and the two subsequent days will feature workshop-style panels and plenary sessions. These panels will serve both as a broader reflection on Dr. De Moraes Farias’ engagement with these themes, and as an important opportunity for a renewed engagement with the sources for the African past at a moment of flux in African historiography.
Submissions of panels and/or papers focusing on the themes of Dr. De Moraes Farias’ research are welcomed.