NEWSLETTER OF THE ARTS COUNCIL
OF THE AFRICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION
O Number 11
ACASA MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
Enclosed with this newsletter is the 1986 ACASA Membership Renewal
Form. If the form is not enclosed, our records show that you are paid
through 1986. Please fill out the form in full and return by March
15 to ensure listing in the 1986 membership roster to be posted with
the Spring Newsletter May 15.
ACASA ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
The annual business meeting of the Arts Council of the African Studies
Association will be held during the Seventh Triennial Symposium on
African Art, April 4, 1986, 5:15-6:15 at UCLA Haines Hall 39.
Please submit all agenda items to:
University of California
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90024
1986 AFRICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION MEETINGS
* The 29th annual meeting of the African Studies Association will convene
in Madison, Wisconsin at the Concourse Hotel, October 30 to November
20. Program chairperson is:
Dr. Linda Hunter
Department of African Languages and Literature
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
There is no general theme for the meetings and as in the past two years
ACASA will facilitate the organization of the arts panels. Please
send all art-related proposals to:
Doran H. Ross
Museum of Cultural History
University of California
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90024
A MAJOR CONFERENCE ON THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF AFRICA
The University of California, Berkeley, is hosting "The Longest Record:
The Human Career in Africa," a symposium in honor of J. Desmond Clark,
April 12-16, 1986, over the weekend following the Triennial Symposium
at UCLA. For the Berkeley meetings please see the enclosed Provisional
Organizational Summary and Reservation form.
THE SEVENTH TRIENNIAL SYMPOSIUM ON AFRICAN ART
Enclosed with this Newsletter is the Preliminary Program for the Triennial.
Deadline for corrections on the Program is March 10, 1986. The final
Program will not be available until the opening of the Triennial on
In order to maximize both the exchange of information and the number
of scholars who can participate, the Triennial Program Committee was
unanimous in agreeing to run two simultaneous panels throughout the
symposium. While this produces inevitable conflicts, every effort
was made to minimize competition between panels with similar or related
subject matter. Unfortunately, many good paper proposals still had
to be rejected: some for lack of abstracts; some because of limitations
on the size of panels; and others because of incompatibility with the
proposed panels. The Program Committee regrets not being able to
include all paper proposals of merit.
The Board of Directors of ACASA is pleased to announce the award of
six travel stipends for the Triennial to the following:
Kris L. Hardin ($250)
Robert W. Nicholls ($250)
Margaret Thompson Drewal ($250)
Barbara Frank ($250)
Prof. John R.O. Ojo ($500)
Prof. H. Tukur Sa'ad ($500)
SAccommodations for the African Triennial Symposium, have been arranged
with the Holiday Inn, Brentwood/Bel Air. Please do not confuse the
Brentwood Holiday Inn with the Westwood Holiday Inn. While the latter
is slightly closer to campus, it is twice as expensive. Below you
will find a "Special Reservation Request" form that must be returned
no later than March 19, 1986. The Brentwood Holiday Inn is offering
a conference rate of $52.00, single or double room occupancy (each
room contains two beds). As stated below, reservations must be guar-
anteed with a credit card or one night deposit.
UCLA Museum of Cultural History
Special Reservation Request
HOLIDAY INN BRENTWOOD/BEL-AIR, 170 No. Church Lane, Los Angeles, Ca.
90049 (213) 476-6411 Sales Office Ext. 1618
ARRIVAL DATE DEPARTURE
STANDARD (2 beds) KING LEISURE (1 king bed) VIEW ROOMS
SSingle Addt'l Addt'l
Dougle Addt'l Addt'l
(10% Tax Additional)
Note To All Panel Participants:
PAPERS MUST BE STRICTLY LIMITED
TO TWENTY MINUTES!
PANEL CHAIRS MUST ENFORCE THESE LIMITS.
THE INDIANA UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM opened the gallery of Art of Africa,
SOceania, and the Americas on November 14. The new gallery places more
than 550 objects on display for the general public, and the study-storage
area adjacent to the gallery makes the over 2,000 items from all three
cultural areas accessible for study. The installation not only exhibits
each object to its best aesthetic advantage, but also presents interpretive
materials to enhance the viewer's understanding and appreciation of
different cultures. Maps and photomurals place the objects in their
geographic and cultural settings. Explanatory labels provide more
specific information about individual pieces. For further information
contact: Virginia Jackson, Public Relations Administrator.
THE UCLA MUSEUM OF CULTURAL HISTORY is organizing a major traveling
exhibition titled, "Sculpture of the Benue River Valley," curated by
Arnold Rubin. The Museum is interested in identifying unpublished
arts from this part of northern Nigeria. Please send information and
photographs to: Arnold Rubin, Art History, University of California,
Los Angeles, CA 90024.
THE HOOD MUSEUM OF ART at Dartmouth College was recently awarded a
Planning Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for an
exhibition of Fang Masking Traditions. This exhibition proposes to
address the lack of knowledge that still prevails about these important
traditions of African art by examining the range of Fang Masks and
relating them to their culture and history as well as the universal
phenomenon of masking.
SThe exhibition, to be co-orgainzed by the Hood Museum of Art and the
American Federation of Arts, will be constituted of loans from public
and private collections in the United Stats and Europe and will be
accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue. It is scheduled to open
at the Hood Museum of Art in the autumn of 1987 and will then be circu-
lated to three other museums in 1988. Plans for the opening at the
Hood Museum include a symposium on the bi-focal content of the project:
Fang Masking Traditions in relation to the universal aspects of masking.
Co-curators for the exhibition are Tamara Northern and James Fernandez.
Within this collaboration Northern will be responsible for the organi-
zation of the exhibition and Fernandez for the major definitive
WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY announces the following job opening:
Art Historian, Asst. Prof., Salary commensurate with
qualifications and experience. Tenure track, fall 1986.
Joint appoint, in the history of art and Afro-American
Studies. PhD in hand or expected by fall of 1986.
Specialization in African Art & Architecture with
ability to teach secondary area with preference given
to Afro-American art. Strong commitment to research
and undergraduate teaching. A/D January 31. AA EOE.
Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged
* to apply. John Paoletti, Art Department, Wesleyan
University, Middletown, Ct. Any questions call:
Mrs. Georgie Leone, 203/344-7943.
EMORY UNIVERSITY open recruitment for the following:
Assistant Professor of African Art and Architecture
and Afro-American Art in Art History Department and
and Afro-American and African Studies Program. Joint
tenure-track, starting Fall 1986. Minimum qualifications:
PhD in Art History with specialization in African or
Afro-American art. Must possess a strong commitment to
undergraduate teaching and should demonstrate promise
in research and publications. Salary commensurate with
qualifications and experience. Application deadline:
March 1, 1986. Information requested from candidates:
A complete Curriculum Vitae, 3 to 5 names of reference.
Send to Prof. Clark V. Poling, Art History Department.
MORE THAN DRUMMING: Essays on African and Afro-Latin American
Music and Musicians
Edited by Irene V. Jackson. Prepared under the auspices of the
Center for Ethnic Music, Howard University.
(Contributions in Afro-American and African Studies, No. 80).
(1985) XV, 256 pages, figs., illus., index, maps, tables.
LC 84-8956. ISBN 0-313-23093-5. JBM/$35.00
Contents: Illustrations, Tables, Preface, Introduction
"The Concept of Preservation of Ethnomusicology" by Bruno Nettl
"All Musical Cultures Are About Equally Complex" by Mantle Hood
"Toward a Definition of Traditional African Music: A Look at the
* Ewe of Ghana" by W. Komla Amoaku
"On Signing and Symbolism in Music: The Evidence from among an
African People" by Nissio Fiagbedzi
"Aesthetic and Social Aspects of Music in African Ritual Settings"
by Daphne Harrison
"Women and Music in Sudanic Africa" by Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje
"Music and Dance Guilds in Igede" by Robert W. Nicholls
"Ecstatic Singing: Music and Social Integration in an African
Church" by Bennetta Jules-Rosette
"A Yoruba/Nago 'Melotype' for Religious Songs in the African
Diaspora: Continuity of West African Praise Song in the
New World" by David B. Welch
"They Sing with the Voice of the Drum: Afro/Panamanian Musical
Traditions" by Ronald R. Smith
WEAVING IN AFRICA SOUTH OF THE SARAHA
By Karl-Ferdinand Schaedler
11 3/4" x 8 1/4", ca. 416 pages, 700 black-and-white illustrations,
150 colour plates, 25 figures, 10 maps; index bibliography.
Forthcoming March 1986. $100.00 or 75.00 or DM 300.00
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