Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


IAS Book Launch: Cosmography and Geography of Africa

24 April 2023, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

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Join the editors and translators of Johannes Leo Africanus's Cosmography and Geography of Africa for this book launch

This event is free.

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All | UCL staff | UCL students






Institute of Advanced Studies


IAS Common Ground
G11, Ground Floor, South Wing
UCL, Gower Street, London
United Kingdom

Cosmography and Geography of Africa was written in 1526 by the exiled Moroccan diplomat Johannes Leo Africanus and offers a wide-ranging eyewitness description of the cities, people, landscape and history of North Africa. It remained the primary source of European knowledge on the subject until the nineteenth century. The new volume, published by Penguin Classics, is the first English translation since 1600, and the first translation into any language of the original Italian manuscript.

For the roundtable discussion, the editors and translators Dr Anthony Ossa-Richardson and Richard Oosterhoff will be joined by two distinguished scholars: Dr Natalya Din-Kariuki (University of Warwick), and Professor Joan Pau Rubiés (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona). The discussion will be chaired by Dr Eric Langley (UCL).

The event will be followed by drinks and an opportunity to buy the book. It is organised in collaboration with the UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges