SOAS University of London


Art and Architecture of 17th-Century Ethiopia
19 July - 17 September 2004



A symposium to be held in conjunction with the exhibition

Monday 19 July 2004, 10:30 am – 5:40 pm

Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre - SOAS – University of London

All welcome

Morning Session – Chairman: Tania C. Tribe

10:30 am
Opening remarks: Manuel João Ramos

10:45 –11:15 am
Manuel João Ramos (ISCTE – Lisbon): "Iberian Visions of Ethiopia, Ethiopian Visions of Iberia – Myth and History in 16th- to 17th-century Ethiopia"

11:15 – 11:45 am: Coffee Break

11:45 am – 12:15 pm
Dimitri Toubkis (Université de Paris I – MALD – Mutations africaines dans la longue durée): "From the Kingdom of Prester John to the 'Empire' of the King of Kings: Description of the Christian Kingdom of Ethiopia in Jesuit Documents"

12:15 – 12:45 pm

12:45 – 2:15 pm: Lunch

Afternoon session – Chairman: Manuel João Ramos

2:15 – 2:45 pm
Joachim Persoon (SOAS): "Monasticism and the Ethiopian Religious Tradition"

2:45 – 3:15 pm
Hervé Pennec (Université de Paris I – MALD – Mutations africaines dans la longue durée): "The Jesuit Pedro Paes: Architect, Mason and Carpenter?"

3:15 – 3:45 pm

3:45 – 4:10 pm: Tea break

4:10 – 4:40 pm
Isabel Boavida (Universidade de Lisboa): "They Went to India to Learn Arts and Crafts: Indo-Portuguese-Ethiopian Contacts"


4:40 – 5:10 pm
Tania C. Tribe (SOAS): "Ethiopian Visual Imagery in the 16th and 17th Centuries: Icon, Narrative and the Indo-Portuguese Presence"

5:10 – 5:40 pm
Discussion and conclusion

6 – 8 pm (in the Brunei Gallery)
Opening of the exhibition "The Indigenous and the Foreign: Art and Architecture of 17th Century Ethiopia" and the launch of the new publication from Ashgate The Indigenous and the Foreign in Christian Ethiopian Art: Portuguese-Ethiopian Contacts in the 16th and 17th Centuries, accompanied by a presentation of Ethiopian sacred music by the Choir of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in London