Susana Molins Lliteras F'17

Susana  Molins Lliteras
Postdoctoral Fellow
Historical Studies Department
University of Cape Town, South Africa

African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships 2017
Postdoctoral Fellow
Historical Studies Department
University of Cape Town, South Africa
Africa Starts in the Pyrenees: The Fondo Kati, Between al-Andalus and Timbuktu

This project aims to transform my dissertation entitled “ ‘Africa starts in the Pyrenees:’ The Fondo Kati, between al-Andalus and Timbuktu,” into a monograph book, which has already been accepted for publication by the prestigious German academic publisher, De Gruyter. The dissertation presents a biography of the Fondo Kati archive, a private family library from Timbuktu that has positioned itself apart from other libraries due to its claim to a unique historical heritage linked to al-Andalus and present-day Spain. It is built upon two cornerstones: the genealogical project—the claim to uninterrupted “originally” Spanish ancestry for the Kati family—and the project of the marginalia—the archive as a family collection, built by generations of family members.