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Maps of Africa: An Online Exhibit A digital collection of African Maps at the Stanford University Libraries

The Nile Project: Many Niles? mapping perspectives

[Tabula IIII Aphricae... Libya interior, Aethiopia sub Aegypto, Aethiopia omnibus is australior]
Fries, Lorenz, 1491-1550
Hydrophylacium Africae precipuum, in Montibus Lunae Situm, Lacus et Flumina praecipua fundens ubi et nova inventio Originis Nili describitur
Kircher, Athanasius, 1602-1680
Totius Africae Accuratissima Tabula
Danckerts, Justus, 1635-1701

In February 2015 Stanford Live will present the Nile Project. Founded in 2011 by Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian-American singer/songwriter Meklit Hadero, the project unites artists and scholars from the Nile Basin to address shared cultural and environmental challenges. In a groundbreaking collaboration, musicians from all eleven Nile Basin countries have created new work combining musical practices from throughout the region. In addition to deepening cultural understanding, this visionary endeavor links music to research and education on issues affecting the Nile region. As part of Stanford Live's new series entitled "Live Context: Art+Ideas," the first of three events that lay an academic framework to the performance is a Public Talk, entitled: Many Niles? mapping perspectives by Dr. Grant Parker, Associate Professor of Classics and Co-Director of the Center for African Studies.

This exhibit is a digital companion to the maps featured in Dr. Grant's talk and on exhibit at the Bender Room of Green Library. The exhibit and his talk features maps from Stanford's extensive maps of Africa collection. A significant portion of those on exhibit are from the Oscar I. Norwich Collection. These and other rare and historic maps at the Stanford University Libraries will be of the David Rumsey Map Center, on track to open in early 2016.

This is one of three events at Stanford University focusing on the environmental, cultural, and political aspects of water use along the Nile and in our own state. The Nile Project’s musicians, Stanford researchers, and independent water policy and ecology experts will examine Nile Basin water issues, California’s current drought, and common solutions that might grow from sharing knowledge and artistic collaboration. More information on these events can be located here.

Featured below are all the maps on display and available for browsing and download.