Academic Projects

— Concluded & Ongoing — 

Medieval Ethiopian Kingship, Craft, and Diplomacy

A monographic project that explored  why Ethiopian kings pursued long-distance diplomatic contacts with Latin Europe in the late Middle Ages (concluded 2021).
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Africa Collecting Europe

A monographic project that expands on the themes of Medieval Ethiopian Kingship — it investigates how Ethiopian elites fundamentally transformed religious material culture in the latter half of the 15th and early 16th century through local patronage processes, and the import and commissioning of foreign religious objects from the Eastern Mediterranean to Northern Europe to late medieval France (ongoing).

Gold and Ivory between Medieval Africa and Europe

This research project examines the role of north-east African realms for the trade in gold and ivory between Africa and Europe between the 12th-16th centuries. It also aims to conduct Stable Isotope Analysis on a 12th-century carved ivory from Trier, Germany, now in the Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt, Germany (ongoing).