Heinrich Barth and African Book Cultures

Public Keynote Lecture

Friday, 1st October 2021 (16:15-17:30 CEST) | Hybrid Event: In-person & online via Zoom – Access will be provided after registration for the event.

Prof. Dr. Shamil Jeppie is a historian at the University of Cape Town where he founded and heads the Tombouctou Manuscripts Project. His has written about South African and West African history and heritage issues. His current work focuses on the neglected history of books, book collectors and collecting in African history.   

This lecture will examine Heinrich Barth and books. His major contribution to the exploration of Africa led to the publication of thousands of pages of text, which should itself be a subject for a "book history". In his writing Barth commented on a range of objects he encountered in markets and various places he stayed. Books feature in these remarks. This lecture is a reading of Barth and books in the Sahara/Sahel.


16:00 - 16:15

Arrival and exhibition of objects/ Sign in to online video platform

16:15 - 16:20

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Dr Stefanie Zehnle, Assistant Professor of Extra-European History

at the University of Kiel

16:20 - 17:10

Keynote Lecture

Heinrich Barth and African Book Cultures

Dr Shamil Jeppie, Associate Professor at the Department of Historical Studies

of the University of Cape Town

17:10 - 17:30

Q&A with the audience


End of the Keynote Lecture

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Cooperating Partners


Nina Schneider

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research

Christoph Marx

University of Duisburg-Essen

Stephanie Zehnle

Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel