The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Human Science Research Council (HSRC) of South Africa are pleased to invite you to a discussion on the book "The meanings of Timbuktu", published in French as "Tombouctou : Pour une histoire de l’érudition en Afrique de l’Ouest" and edited by Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Columbia University, USA) and Shamil Jeppie (University of Capetown, South Africa). Contradicting the popular notion that African history survived only through the oral tradition, this collection of essays examines the
rich legacy of written history on the continent, specifically in Timbuktu. It brings together articles written by a number of leading
international scholars covering a wide range of areas in the study of Timbuktu, from archaeology and literature to the intellectual
life, libraries, and private collections in Timbuktu and West Africa.
This event will take place at CODESRIA headquarter on Thursday, 3 May 2012 from 03:00 pm to 06:00 pm, avenue Cheikh Anta Diop X Canal IV (Dakar). For further information, please call Marie Ndiaye or Emilienne Faye : + 221 33 825 98 22/23 or + 221 33 864 01 42.