Food for Thought: Christina Bashford and Mauro Nobili

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021
Christina Bashford
Mauro Nobili

Levis Faculty Center, Room 210
919 W. Illinois St

Event Description

Food for Thought: A new Center for Advanced Study public events series featuring presentations of research and creative projects by recent CAS Associates and Fellows.

This informal series includes talks that were canceled after campus shut down in Spring 2020. With the possibility of in-person events once again, we are delighted to showcase the work of some of our most productive and creative faculty in a series of intellectually and spiritually invigorating presentations. You are invited to drop in when you can and enjoy a bite to eat while you learn about the exciting projects undertaken by our faculty. A brunch buffet will be provided at all in-person events.

11am, Christina Bashford, Music and the People: Violins in British Working-Class Life, 1870-1930
Deriving from her book project, Forgotten Voices, Hidden Pleasures: Violin Culture in Britain, 1870-1930, Professor Bashford’s talk focuses on the thousands of adults and children from the British working classes who gained unprecedented access to learning the instruments of the violin family at the end of the 19th century. This presentation will address the social, economic, and educational structures that made their participation possible; the significance the violin had in people’s daily lives; and the enduring impact this musical movement had on both music education and classical music in Britain through much of the 20th century.

Noon, Mauro Nobili, The Tārikh al-Fattash and the Making of an Islamic State in West Africa
This paper explores the intertwined histories of a West African Arabic chronicle, the Tārīkh al-fattāsh and its role in establishing the legitimation of the 19th-century Caliphate of Ḥamdallāhi, located in today’s Republic of Mali. Previously understood to be a 16th- or 17th-century work, Professor Nobili will prove that the Tārīkh al-fattāsh was in fact written in the 19th century in order to enhance the legitimacy of Ahmad Lobbot, who rose to become the founding ruler of the Caliphate without belonging to any elite of the time. In doing so, this paper will raise crucial issues concerning religion and politics in pre-colonial West Africa, as well as the use of literacy as a tool of state power.

Christina Bashford

CAS Associate 2020-2021

Mauro Nobili

CAS Fellow 2018-19