The ATrA Workshop was held in Trieste (Italy) on May 24-26, 2016 with the aim of discussing the possible dimensions and varieties related to phenomena of cultural and linguistic transition in Africa.
Identity negotiation, ethnicity and cultural affiliation, cases of contact, creolization, integration, urbanization, climate or cultural changes, language and cultural switch, market exchanges and human migration have been put on the table, generating a very concrete and fruitful discussion.
The case studies collected in this miscellaneous book, give an idea of the multi-faceted dimensions of the debate, which ranges by necessity from anthropology to archaeology and from philology to linguistics, in a continuous alternation of disciplines, voices and styles.
Mechanisms of resilience and adaptation to new situations and contexts are described through an investigation which in many cases has the flavour of an intimate research, aimed above all at finding out the very essence of “being human”.
Ilaria Micheli, PhD in African Studies (2005) and expert in linguistic anthropology, is a researcher in the Department of Legal, Linguistic, Interpreting and Translation Studies at the University of Trieste. Since 2001 she has been working on the language and culture of the Kulango (Gur – Niger‑Congo) in Côte d’Ivoire, and more recently on the Ogiek (Kalenjin – Nilo‑Saharan) in Kenya. Material culture, oral tradition and traditional medicine are her main research areas. She teaches African Languages and Cultures at the University of Venice “Caʼ Foscari” as well as traditional and modern African literature and social anthropology at the University of Trieste.
Browsing ATrA 3. Cultural and Linguistic Transition explored by Subject "Aritene"
In the last years archaeological missions working in Sudan have been shining light on the ruling period of the Meroitic king Amanikhareqerem, whose name was only known from few objects until the end of the last century. Recently discovered temples bound to him in Naga and el-Hassa, made from different materials and techniques according to local availability and climate conditions, have especially improving our knowledge of the Meroitic kingdom. Both buildings highlight the coexistence of strong Egyptian influx and Nubian traditions in plan, artistic and devotional context.
Furthermore, new epigraphic dates, in addition to the iconographical program of the Naga temple, have offered new elements to the controversial dating of Amanikhareqerem and to the Meroitic pantheon, especially regarding the autochtonous god Aritene.