Calender Systems in Africa

Seminar, SWS: 2, lecture number: 40237


Donnerstag, 8-10;


Dymitr Ibriszimow

People of different cultures have been rganizing time in different ways all over the world. The seminar will give an overview of the possibilities known in Africa. We shall discuss the different ways of rganizing time in cyclic periods and their duration (what in English is called days, weeks, months, years, seasons). Special attention will be paid to the names of the respective time segments in the respective languages. The examples will come from North (e.g. Ancient Egyptian, Berber calendars), East (e.g. Somali, Oromo), South (e.g. Sotho, Xhosa), and West Africa (e.g. Akan, Yoruba).

Given the current situation, this course will probably be given digitally. Please get in touch with the lecturer as soon as possible and, where applicable, register in E-Learning and CampusOnline.