Media & Public Outreach

Interview in Spiegel Geschichte (4/2021)

»Die Äthiopier behandelten Europa als exotischen Souvenirladen«

"Im späten Mittelalter reisten äthiopische Gesandte nach Venedig, Rom und an den Bodensee. Verena Krebs beschreibt, auf welchen Wegen die Afrikaner nach Europa kamen, was sie suchten und wie selbstbewusst sie auftraten."

 Read PDF of full interview here (in German). 


Article in Smithsonian Magazine

"A New History Changes the Balance of Power Between Ethiopia and Medieval Europe"

Verena Krebs talked to David Perry & Matt Gabriele for @SmithsonianMag
about her book, why she deleted a manuscript of 85k words & wrote 115k new (and, in her opinion, better) ones — after struggling to tell the story as she thought it should be told for years. Read full article here


Interview — BBC HistoryExtra

In HistoryExtra's Podcast episode "Medieval Ethiopia’s diplomatic missions", Verena Krebs reveals what diplomatic embassies sent by the Christian leaders of Ethiopia can tell us about the kingdom’s place in the medieval world. Hour-long interview with BBC History's content director David Musgrove.
Listen here, here or wherever you get your podcasts. 


Interview — The Medieval Podcast

Danièle Cybulskie of The Medieval Podcast  and Medievalists.net speaks with Verena Krebs about contact between Solomonic Ethiopia and Western Europe, how historians have misconstrued Ethiopian interests in the past, and what we can learn when we dig into primary sources.
45-minute interview, available here, here or wherever you listen to podcasts. 

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Ethiopian Medieval Diplomacy & Kingship

Talk given as part of the Ethiopian Studies Series at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, convened by Suzanne Akbari (IAS), Aaron Butts (CUA/IAS), Samantha L. Kelly (Rutgers U/IAS), Sabine Schmidtke (IAS). March 2021. 

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Subsequent Q&A Session on "Ethiopian Studies — Medieval Studies" with  Alessandro Bausi (Universität Hamburg) & Eyob Derillo (The British Library). March 2021. 

Swiss National Radio Interview (German): 
Unser Blick auf Afrika ist lückenhaft

Interview on aspects of medieval African history as part of the series "Die Herren des Wissens — Wissen und Macht in Zeiten des Umbruchs", series produced by Katharina Bochsler for Radio SRF 2 Kultur. February 2020.