RSVP to Dissonances and Conjunctures in the Ethiopian and European Archive

Thursday, February 1, 2024, 12-1:20 pm, Humanities Seminar Room, Academic Building 6150  

Professor Kelly is author of Translating Faith: Ethiopian Pilgrims in Renaissance Rome, which traces the fortunes of an Ethiopian Orthodox community in the heart of Latin Christendom during a century of profound religious upheaval and geopolitical change. Drawing on sources in Gǝʿǝz and European languages, it examines the Ethiopians settled at the church of Santo Stefano in the sixteenth century as they established a distinctively Ethiopian pilgrim hostel and monastery in the midst of Vatican administrative organs, and as they disseminated their expert knowledge of Ethiopia in conjunction with Latin Christian collaborators and patrons. In this talk Samantha Kelly will present findings from this study, focusing especially on the new insights to be gained –  about Ethiopians’ lived experience and the fraught processes of cross-cultural knowledge production in which they were engaged – by foregrounding the Ethiopian archive alongside the European.

Lunch will be served.

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