[Mansa-l] Lisbon panel

David Conrad basitigi@sbcglobal.net
Sat, 13 Oct 2007 15:28:37 -0700


MANSAdenw:

Here is another panel proposal for the 7th International Conference  
in Lisbon:

Trade, traders and cross-cultural relationship in Greater Senegambia:  
from
the historical background to the dynamics of the present

Co-chair: Peter Mark and Josť da Silva Horta

 From the Saharan fringe to the Atlantic forest, Greater Senegambia  
has been
historically a transition space whose major traits were social  
communication
and complementarity, which served mutual trading interests. Long  
distance
Mande traders connected the sahel-savannah to the Guinean routes and
markets, where they met other African agents of local and trans-riverine
commerce, Luso-African merchants and European traders. Within this
meta-space, different systems of production and commercialization
interacted. The mixing of products, bringing together the skills of  
artisans
and the mixing of technologies, reflects the connected histories of
different continents and subcontinents:from Europe, America, and  
Morocco, to
West Africa. This panel aims to discuss this context of cross-cultural
relationships and  the way they have evolved from the fifteenth  
century to
the present.