Dr. Verena Krebs, Dr. Gregor Buss and Dr. Yonatan Nissim Gez - "Africounters: Encountering sub-Saharan Africa, Encounters in sub-Saharan Africa"

Dr. Verena Krebs, Dr. Gregor Buss and Dr. Yonatan Nissim Gez - "Africounters: Encountering sub-Saharan Africa, Encounters in sub-Saharan Africa"
Activity Date: 
Monday, Feb 22, 2016

The Marin Buber Society of Fellows takes pride in the fact that three of our fellows have placed Africa at the geographic centre of their respective research. On February 22nd, we held a special colloquium in the presence of members of the Buber Society's Board of Trustees (Kuratorium). The Society's three Africanists spoke on the event, presented by fellow Daphna Oren-Magidor. These three — Verena Krebs, Gregor Buss and Yonatan N. Gez — each spoke on their respective research, which they developed under a joint platform. Dr. Krebs spoke of her historical research into the long-marginalized history of Ethiopian pilgrims in Europe and concomitant African contacts with and interests in Europe in the late middle ages. Dr. Buss offered an overview of the demographic and doctrinal dynamism within African Christianities since the turn of the 20th century, and showed how these trends are crucial and transformative for Global Christianity as a whole. Dr. Gez spoke about his research into Israeli development initiatives in Zambia and Tanzania in the 1960s-70s, and suggested a new taxonomy for accounting for the heritage of development interventions.
Though diverse in their disciplinary approaches, regional focus and case studies, the fellows share a common interest in interaction between Africans and non-Africans, demonstrating the potential of such encounters well beyond the geographic confines of this immense continent, and are working towards redefining both our historical as well as present understanding of the world. They hope to extend their research endeavours in a proposed shared platform also named
"Africounters: Encountering sub-Saharan Africa, Encounters in sub-Saharan Africa" through an application to the Truman Institute at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for the coming academic year.