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Tuesday 9 to Thursday 11 November - Online Conference - Ethiopian Art and Architecture: Recent Studies with focus on the 16th to the 18th centuries at UCM Facultad de Geografía e Historia, Calle del Profesor Aranguren, Madrid, Spain, organized by Víctor Manuel Fernández Martínez.

Unfortunately online registration has already finished - if you have not booked already and would like to take part then try contacting the organiser via the contact link on the conference webpage.
The conference presentations will last about 45 minutes each, including questions.
The programme starts at 15:00 GMT each day (16:00 Madrid time).

1st day (9 November) – Styles that travel: European and Indian artistic influences in Ethiopia

First part chaired by Mario Lozano

15:00 - 15:10 Opening.

16:10 - 15:20 Inaugural Address by Dorothea McEwan (School of Advanced Study, The Warburg Institute, University of London). Of Words and Pictures. The long reach of art and architecture.

15:20 - 16:05 Kristen Windmuller-Luna (Curator of African Arts, Cleveland Museum of Art, USA). Echoes and Evolutions: Ethiopian Artistic Agency and Global Imagery in the Early Modern.

16:05 - 16:50 Gianfrancesco Lusini (Università degli Studi di Napoli L'Orientale - Naples). Italian artists in Ethiopia between the 15th and 17th centuries: how many were they?

16:50 - 17:20 Break

Second part chaired by Víctor M. Fernandez

17:20 - 18:05 Part 1: Ewa Balicka-Witakowska (Institute of Linguistics and Philology, Department of Byzantine Studies, Uppsala University). A Painted Panel of the Crucifixion in the Church of Agwäza/Däbrä Sahǝl (Tǝgray): Iconography and Stylistic Features.

Part 2: Jacek Tomaszewski (Polish Institute of World Art Studies). A Painted Panel of the Crucifixion in the Church of Agwäza/Däbrä Sahǝl (Tǝgray): Technical Analysis and Preservation Strategies

18:05 - 18:50 Dorothea McEwan (School of Advanced Study, The Warburg Institute, University of London). Searching for vorlage. The Ethiopian illuminated manuscript book of the Revelation of John, painted 1700-1730, London, British Library, Or 533


2nd Day (10 November)  Muslim and Betä Ǝsraʾel Arts

First and second part chaired by Dorothea McEwan

15:00 - 15:45 Bar Kribus (Ruhr University Bochum) Tracing the Early Development of Betä Ǝsraʾel Prayer House Architecture.

15:45 -16:30 Jorge de Torres (Incipit-CSIC, Spain). The meeting ground: Mosques in Somaliland during the Medieval period.

16:30 -17:00 Break

17:00 -17:45 Héloïse Mércier (Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne). The foundation of a polity and the writing of history in Awsa (Eastern Ethiopia, late 16th-17th c.): A Study of the ‘Awsa Chronicles’


3rd day (11 November)  The Jesuits in Ethiopia

First part chaired by Mario Lozano

15:00 - 15:45 Víctor M. Fernández (Universidad Complutense, Spain). The pre-Gondarine Jesuit architecture in Ethiopia: Western, Eastern and Local influences.

15:45 - 16:30 Leonardo Cohen (Ben Gurion University of the Negev); Mauricio Lapchik (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem). Magseph Assetat vs. Mazgaba Haymanot: The use of Biblical Literary Descriptions in Father Antonio Fernandes’ Refutation of Ethiopian Christian Doctrine.

16:30 - 17:00 Break

Second part chaired by Gianfrancesco Lusini

17:00 - 17:45 Mario Lozano (Universidad Complutense, Spain). The Fəlsäta lämaryam iconography, a Jesuit contribution to Ethiopian Art? A reflection on Art and Theology.

17:45 - 18:30 Ilaria Zorzan (University of Padova). The Life and Miracles of Abba Gärima in Ethiopian Visual Arts.

18:30 - Farewell. Discussion about producing the proceedings of the conference in print form.

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