NEWSLETTER OF THE ARTS COUNCIL
OF THE AFRICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION
NUMBER 19 March 1988
MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL DEADLINE APRIL 15, 1988. Please renew your membership if you have not
already done so for 1988. We are including the membership renewal form in this newsletter for your
convenience. Mary reports that many of you have forgotten and hopes that you will take a few minutes to
fill out the form now and return it to her. Mary will be taking up her new position as Director of the
Iowa University Art Museum this summer and needs to close out the accounts at the University of Michigan
and get the books in good order for the move. She would greatly appreciate it if members would renew as
soon as possible. Thanks and congratulations to Mary on her new position.
ACASA PANELS FOR THE 1988 ASA MEETING IN CHICAGO
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS TO FRED SMITH IS APRIL 1, 1988
PROGRAM CHAIR Fred Smith, School of Art, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio 44242. Please contact
Fred with suggestions for panels, papers etc. This is the FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT. Remember PANEL
CHAIRS are responsible for collecting all the abstracts for papers, designating discussants and collecting
checks for conference registration from all panelists. These completed packets then should be sent to
Fred who will organize and forward the information directly to the ASA Program Chair in Chicago.
The 1988 ASA coincides with the 40th anniversary of Northwestern's African Studies Program. Because of
the legacy which Herskovits left us for the study of African arts this is an excellent opportunity for
ACASA panels to contribute to the 1988 meetings in a significant way. We might consider organizing a
series of panels and dedicate them to M.J. Herskovits that deal with issues he raised and any changes in
perspectives which have ensued in the past decades. If you are interested in pursuing this idea contact
Fred Smith. (also see M. Smith Omari's panel below)
A number of people have already proposed the following panel topics:
Economics and Traditional Art in Africa Eugene Burt
While there have been numerous studies on artist-patron interaction in Africa, little attention has been
focused on the economic factors which can influence the development of art. Papers for this panel should
focus on such topics as pricing, material costs, etc. as they apply to traditional art in Africa. My
paper would be entitled: "Economic Considerations in Traditional African Art: Historical Developments in
Kenya." If you would like further information or would like to submit a paper abstract please contact me
at P.O. Box 15453, Seattle, WA 98115.
Sculpture of the Benue River Valley (roundtable) Doran Ross
In preparation for the major exhibition on sculpture of the Benue River Valley a roundtable is being
proposed to discuss the catalogue sections being written by John Boston (Igala), Sidney Kasfir (Idoma),
Richard Fardon (Chamba) and Maria Berns (Upper Benue) and remaining areas by Arnold Rubin. Consultants
the project include Roy Sieber, Paul Bohannan, Masao Yamaguchi, Ekpo Eyo, Charles Keil and Bertin Webster
The consultants will prepare a 5-minute presentation based on the draft copy of the catalogue (the draft
text will be available at the meeting), followed by a discussion among the panel and with the audience.
African Art and Nature Martha Anderson and Chris Mullen Kreamer
The panel will explore how ideas about nature or wilderness are expressed in African art and might
concern manifestations of nature spirits in masquerades, figure sculpture, or ritual performance. It can
also include art which symbolically refers to nature without representing nature spirits or art which
incorporates or represents medicines which relate to the powers of nature. Papers on proxemics and ritual
performance will be considered as well as those which deal with sculpture. Send proposals to Chris
Mullen Kreamer, Research Associate, Dept. of Anthropology, NHB 112 Smithsonian Institution, Washington,
Female and Male: Asexuality or Androgyny in African Arts? Phil Peek.
Explicit sexual identification of the expressive manifestiations of non-human entities is not universal in
African arts. While there are frequent and often dramatic sexual metaphors utilized, there are as well
numerous instances where sexuality is ambigous or even denied. Our own cultural bias for clear
distinctions of maleness or femaleness many prevent proper recognition at the spiritual or suprahuman level
of the merging of these human categories in androgynous representations or the affirmation of asexual
identities. We hope to pursue this fascinating topic in all art forms. Please contact Phil Peek,
Department of Anthropology, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey 07940.
Forty years without a Text roundtable chaired by Robin Poynor
Addresses the issue of a text for teaching African Art History.
Contact Robin Poynor, 102 FAA, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611.
Writing and African Art Justine Cordwell, 437 West Belden Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Artists in South Africa Jean Kennedy, 996 Oak St. San Francisco, CA 94117
The Role of the Museum in creating an educated audience for African Art chair: Fred Smith
Herskovitsian Theory and Methodology: Impact on African and Diasporan Art
History chair: Mikelle Smith Omari, Dept. of Art, California State University, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long
Beach, CA 90840. The purpose of the panel is first to pay homage to the seminal contributions of
Herskovits, to critically reconsider and re-evaluate these models and to consider new theories or
methodologies that build upon or diverge from the Herskovitsian models. Panel participants should be
scholars who either studied with Herskovits directly or indirectly or those whose work was influenced by
his contributions in some way. Current contributors to date: Justine Cordwell, Robert Farris Thompson,
Dolores Yonker, Mikelle Smith Omari, Discussant Dan Crowley. Additional Abstracts are welcome.
NOTE: A few special tours of the storage areas of the Field Musuem are being organized for ACASA member
The number will be limited so if you are interested contact Fred Smith no later than May 1st.
FUNDING FOR PANELISTS FROM ABROAD Funding for panelists from abroad can be secured from the
Visitors Program. Panel organizers may request support for one panelist only. Requests for support must
be received no later than April 15, 1988. It should be addressed to: African Studies Association, Credit
Union Building, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322 and should include the following information:
1. Name of panel organizer and subject of panel
2. Name of invited scholar, country of residence, institutional affiliation, area of specialization and
3. Invited scholar's previous record of attendance at ASA Annual Meetings and other professional meetings
in the US
4. Invited scholar's plans for participation in other professional activities in the US before or after
the Annual Meeting
5. Indication if invited scholar needs full or partial (local conference costs or air travel costs only)
For maximum consideration for art scholars from abroad, individual requests should be sent to Fred T.
Smith, School of Art, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio 44242 by APRIL 1. 1988 so that these requests can
receive ACASA backing. If you cannot meet the April 1 deadline please contact Fred Smith immediately and
arrange to send the necessary information as soon as possible after April 1.
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Program Associate for Africa Program Social Science Research Council
The Social Science Research Council announces a search for a program associate for its Africa program.
The program associate will assist in developing and administering innovative research programs related to
Africa in a wide range of humanistic and social scientific fields of inquiry. This full-time position
involves the planning of seminars, workshops, and conferences; and administering fellowship and grant
Candidates for this position must have a Ph.D. in the humanities or social sciences, must have carried
out research on Africa, and must be able to relate African studies to wider issues in humanities and
social sciences. Scholara who have undertaken research on humanistic topics are particularly encouraged
to apply. Fluency in French is a strong asset.
Council salaries are competitive with those at universities, and provisions are made to enable staff
members to continue their professional development. The Council is seeking an applicant who can take up
the position no later than the fall of 1988. Applicants should send a letter of application and a
curriculum vitae to:
Social Science Research Council
605 Third Ave
New York, New York 10158
The Social Science Research Council is a not for profit organization that seeks to advance research in
the social sciences and humanities by means of research conferences and workshops, fellowships and grants,
scholarly exchanges, and publications. The Council does not discriminate on the basis of age, color,
creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, or sex.
Program Officer, Museums and Historical Organizations Program, National Endowment for the Humanities
The Museums and Historical Organizations Program of the National Endowment for the Humanities is
lookingfor a program officer who can serve under the provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel ACT
(IPA). Under this act, employees of certified organizations, such as state and local governments, ....
institutions of higher education, state humanities councils, and other non-profit institutions, including
museums, can serve "on detail" temporarily in a government position. Normally, this is for one year.
Program officers in the Museums and Historical Organizations Program participate fully in all aspects of
application evaluation and grants administration. They are responsible for qualitative and substantive
judgements in the review and processing of grant applications, the analysis and summary of advisory
consultant and panelist recommendations, and the evaluation and assessment of ongoing projects through
site visits and the monitoring of progress reports.
We are looking for someone with subject area expertise in the humanities (preferably history, art history,
or anthropology) and knowledge of program development, review, evaluation, and presentation of the
humanities to the public, preferably within a museum setting. A Phd in a discipline of the humanities is
preferred, although not required. We expect excellent written and oral communciation skills.
Those interested in this position should send an updated curriculum vitae by April 15, 1988 to Marsha
Semmel, Assistant Director for Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations, Room 420,
National Endowment for the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20506. Questions
about the position or IPA provisions can be directed to Marsha Semmel at (202) 786-0284.
CONFERENCES AND SYMPOSIA
Yoruba Carving Styles: ERE IBEJI
This symposium is being organized by Professor Ekpo Eyo in conjunction with the Department of Art,
University of Maryland, College Park, MD will be held on April 8-9, 1988. Speakers will include: Louis
Keith, Lamidi Fakeye, Robert Thompson, Ekpo Eyo, Jeffrey Hammer, Henry Drewal, Babatunde Lawal, Marg
Thompson Drewal, Deborah Stokes Hammer, Jack Pemberton III, Wande Adimbola, Marilyn Houlberg, Mikelle
Smith Omari, John Picton, and.Rowland Abioudun.
Art of the Dogon: Selections from the Lester Wunderman Collection will be on view at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art, New York from February 10 through July 10 1988. It is accompanied by a fully illustrated
116 page catalogue by exhibition curator Kate Ezra ($9.95 paper; $14.95 hardback.)
Dogon Film Festival On Sunday May 8, 1988 in conjunction with an exhibition of Dogon art, the
Metropolitan Msuem of Art will present a one-day festival of ethnographic films about Dogon art and
religion. The program includes films by Marcel Griaule and Jean Rouch, and panel discussions by Jean
Rouch, Emilie de Brigard, Steven Feld and Manthia Diawara.
Benin Divination Groups an exhibition of photographs and religious objects from Benin, Nigeria.
University Art Museum, California State University at Long Beach. March 13-April 24, 1988. curated by
Phyllis Galembo and Norma Rosen.
WHO'D A THOUGHT IT: Improvisation in African American Quiltmaking by Eli Leon. Introduction by Rob
Thompson. 88 pp. 32pp 4 color $15.00. The catalogue has been published in conjunction with the
exhibition, Improvisation in African-American Quiltmaking ( Dec. 31-February 28, 88 at the San Francisco
Craft and Folk Art Museum. The catalogue includes a ten page introduction by Thompson and an essay by Eli
Leon. Quiltmakers' discussions of their methodology provide unique documentation of a vital American art
form. To order contact Erin Emerson, Librarian, San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum, Building A,
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA 94123.
Word and Image A special issue of this journal is dedicated to African Art and Literature.
ed. Dan Ben-Amos. (Volume 3 no 3 July-Sept 1987). The issue explores the relationship between word and
image in African arts and includes articles by Margaret Thompson Drewal and Henry Drewal; Rowland Abiod
Patrick R. McNaughton; M.D. MCLeod and Dan Ben Amos. Price is 6 pounds. To order contact from the
American distributor contact: Taylor and Francis, 242 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1906.
In England contact Taylor and Francis, Rankine Road, Basingstoke, Hants RG24 OPR.
Galerie Amrad African Arts
Man and His Vision Traditional Wood Sculpture of Burkina Faso by E.A Dagan. 64 pgs 181 b/w illus. maps
and bibliography. $18.00 + $2.50 postage and handling (order # 87-0011070)
Man at Rest African Seats and Stools by E.A. Dagan. 64 pgs. 130 b/w illus., maps, bibliography.
$16.00 + $2.50 postage and handling (order # 87-0011071)
Color video Dance in Africa filmed by E.A. Dagan at the First International Festival of Negro Art, Dakar,
Senegal, 1966. 58 minutes, with English narration. $49.00 + $3.50 postage and handling (order # 87-
for more than one article :
in Canada add 10% of the Subtotal if more than one item
in USA add 14% of the Subtotal if more than one item
overseas by airmail add 20% of the Subtotal if more than one item
Send certified check or money order to Galerie Amrad African Art.
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Ufahamu Journal of the African Activist Association (UCLA African Studies Center Sponsored Publication
Interdisciplinary journal representing strong and committed views regarding social issues addressing both
the general reader and the scholar. It publishes material supportive of the African revolution and
socially significant works on African history, politics, economics, sociology, anthropology, architecture,
literature and other topics about the continent and African diaspora. Subscription rates (3 issues per
volume) Individuals U.S and Canada $14.00 per volume, $6.00 per single issue/Overseas $16 per volume
(+$7.50 for airmail) $7.50 per issue (+ $2.50 for airmail). Back issues available upon request. Direct
inquires to: Editor, UFAHAMU, African Studies Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90024.
Journal of African Studies ed. Boniface Obichere, History Dept. UCLA. Interdisciplinary quarterly journal
sponsored by the African Studies Center, UCLA, Articles on the culture, history, economics, literature or
present development of African countries, as well as on great African leaders. Regular book reviews.
Individuals and Institutions $40.00 per year. Single Issues $10.00. Foreign Postage $6.00. Direct
subscriptions to Heldref Publications, 4000 Albemarle St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016.
DISTRIBUTION OF ARTS PUBLICATIONS Crossroads Press offers museums and universities distribution ser
for African art catalogs or other publications on Africa. Crossroads Press, the publishing arm of the ASA
has enlarged its facilities and staff to offer marketing and distribution services to institutions with
occasional publications in the African area. A listing with Crossroads Press will be advertised annually
to more than 10,000 persons with an interest in African studies, will be offered through library order
services, and will be marketed at one or more academic meetings each year. For details, contact the
Executive Secretary, African Studies Association, Credit Union Building, Atlanta, Georgia 30322. (tel.
TEXTILE SOCIETY OF AMERICA President, Peggy Gilfoy. The purpose of the society is to provide a foru
the exchange and dissemination of information including historic, cultural, socio-economic, artistic and
technical aspects of textiles. In order to further these aims the Society will organize conferences,
publish a newsletter for members and work in cooperative efforts with other organizations with similar or
related interests. Annual dues $25.00. Send checks payable to Textile Society of America to
Peggy Gilfoy, c/o Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1200 West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208-4196.
NO COMMENT Advertisement for a Yoruba Necklace in the current Banana Republic Catalogue- small print
"Made in Kenya"
Send all news announcements to Mary Jo Arnoldi, Dept. of Anthropology, NHB 112, Smithsonian, Washington
D.C. 20560 by JUNE 15, 1988 so it can be included in the July newsletter.
1988 ACASA MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
Members and non-Members of the African Studies Association (USA) are invited to complete this form and to
remit dues for the current year according to the following schedule (check one):
Regular Members $20.00
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(students and unemployed or retired scholars)
Institutional Members $20.00
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the US or with a postal money order. payable in $US. Do not pay with stamps or international reply coupons
or with checks not drawn on or payable through a US bank. Payments not marked with a US affiliate bank,
will be returned. Newsletters and other ACASA correspondence will be sent via airmail at no extra charge
to members residing outside the US and Canada.
Mary Kujawski, Secretary/Treasurer, ACASA
University of Michigan Museum of Art
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