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Money in Africa
British Museum, London, March 9th to 11th, 2007

The Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum invites you to submit a proposal for ‘Money in Africa’, an international and interdisciplinary conference to be held at the British Museum, London, from March 9th to 11th 2007. Please see the Call for Papers (below) for further details about this conference, including the format and deadlines for submissions.

Enquiries regarding the Money in Africa conference at the British Museum should be sent to moneyinafrica@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk or posted to Money in Africa project, Department of Coins and Medals, The British Museum, London WC1B 3DG.

Apologies in advance for any cross-posting.

With best wishes,

Catherine Eagleton

Curator of Modern Money

Money in Africa

An international and interdisciplinary conference at the British Museum, London, March 9th to 11th, 2007

From the use of weighed metal to facilitate exchange in ancient Egypt, to the creation of twentieth-century currency unions and new currencies for independent nations, Africa’s monetary history has been rich and diverse. Crossed by trade routes, and linked across oceans to the rest of the world, the regions of Africa each have unique and interwoven monetary histories.

This conference will bring together scholars working in many different disciplines – including anthropology, archaeology, art history, economic history, numismatics, political history and sociology – to reconsider the part that money, exchange and trade can play in our understanding of African history. We welcome offers of papers and short presentations on any aspect of
money in Africa, from antiquity to the present day, focussing on a particular region, or taking a broader geographical approach. In addition to sessions made up of contributed papers, there will be a number of workshop-style sessions to enable methodological or museological issues to be discussed, and we also welcome offers from people interested in chairing one of these sessions.

There is a limited amount of funding available to cover travel and accommodation expenses for some speakers: priority for this will be given to young or independent scholars, and to scholars from Africa, so that they are able to attend the conference.

Abstracts of no more than 400 words,
along with a brief CV of no more than 1 page,
should be emailed or posted by December 1st 2006, to:

Money in Africa project: moneyinafrica@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Department of Coins and Medals, The British Museum, London WC1B 3DG