Eastern African Diversity

Paul Lane, Professor, University of Cambridge, UK, and Uppsala University, Sweden

Beyond Ancestry and Migration: Other Ways of Exploring Diversity in Eastern Africa Through Integrated Multidisciplinary Research

Paul Lane has worked widely in African archaeology for over thirty-five years. He is the Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Professor of the Deep History and Archaeology of Africa at the University of Cambridge, and Professor of Global Archaeology, Uppsala University. He specializes in the landscape historical ecology and archaeology of eastern Africa over the last five thousand years, with emphasis on the transitions to food production, landscape domestication, the Pastoral Iron Age of eastern Africa, the trade in elephant ivory, settlement dynamics, maritime heritage, and the archaeology of enslavement and abolition. His current research focuses on the applied use of archaeological knowledge to assist the development of resilient and sustainable livelihood strategies in rural East Africa, and ongoing investigation of the adoption and spread of domesticated livestock and crops across the region. Website.

Anneli Ekblom, Associate Professor, Uppsala University, Sweden

Negotiating ethnicity and identity: the example of Baloi Southern Mozambique

Anneli Ekblom is lecturer and associate professor at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology, Uppsala University and also affiliate to the Climate Change Leadership research node at Natural Resources and Sustainable development, Earth Sciences, Uppsala University. She is an archaeologist, palaeoecologist and environmental historian exploring the connections between landscape, heritage, conservation, livelihood studies, sustainability and resilience. Website.

Nicole Boivin, Director,Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Germany

Settling Azania: The population history of coastal and island East Africa from the Late Pleistocene to the Late Holocene

Nicole Boivin is Director of the Department of Archaeology at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany. She holds a BSc in Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology from the University of Calgary (1992) and an MPhil (1996) and PhD (2001) in Archaeology from the University of Cambridge. In 2008, following post-doctoral fellowships in Cambridge and Paris, she took up a Senior Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford, where she was also a fellow of Jesus College. Nicole Boivin joined the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in July 2016. Nicole Boivin’s archaeological research is multi-disciplinary, and cross-cuts the traditional divide between the natural sciences and humanities. She has undertaken research in Asia and Africa, exploring a broad range of issues through field, laboratory and theoretical applications. She is interested in human history over the long-term, and the broad patterns of migration, interaction and environmental manipulation that have shaped the human story. Nicole Boivin is author of “Material Cultures, Material Minds: The Role of Things in Human Thought, Society and Evolution” (2008, Cambridge University Press), and editor of several books, most recently “Human Dispersal and Species Movements: From Prehistory to the Present” (2017, Cambridge University Press) and “Globalisation and the ‘People without History’: Understanding Contact and Exchange in Prehistory” (2018, Cambridge University Press). Website.