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The Arts Council of the African Studies Association



Presidential Notes
Message from the Editor
Travel and Study Abroad
People and Places
Conferences & Symposia
Employment Opportunities
Current Publications and Film
Media & Internet Resources
Calls for Papers and Essays
Triennial Fundraising Form
Voluntary Contributions Form
Membership Form

Volume 71
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The Arts Council of the African Studies Association
Newsletter, Volume 71, Winter 2005


ACASA Board of Directors

Christraud M. Geary, President
Robin Poynor, Past President
Tavy D. Aherne, Secretary/Treasurer
Rebecca M. Nagy, Newsletter Editor
Kate Ezra
Ikem Okoye
Constantine Petridis
Elisha Renne
Carol Thompson
Norma H.Wolff

All correspondence regarding membership
information and payment of dues should be
directed to:

Tavy D. Aherne
ACASA Secretary/Treasurer
2261 Bent Tree Drive
Bloomington, IN 47401

Email: taherne@indiana.edu

Membership information and forms are available at
the end of this Newsletter.

The ACASA Newsletter is published three times a
year: Spring/Summer, Fall, and Winter. The News-
letter seeks items of interest for publication. You
may send news about job changes, fieldwork,
travel, exhibitions, new publications, etc. The next
ACASA Newsletter will be Spring/Summer 2005.
Please send news items by May 13 to:

Rebecca M. Nagy
Ham Museum of Art
P.O. Box 112700
Gainesville, FL 32611-2700

Email: rnagy @ harn.ufl.edu
Phone: 352-392-9826
Fax: 352-392-3892

Deadlines for Submission of News Items
for the 2005 Newsletters:

Spring/Summer 2005 May 13, 2005
Fall 2005 September 13, 2005
Winter 2006 January 13, 2006

Acknowledgement: Graphics featured in the
headings of this Newsletter were drawn by Tami
Wroath, based on designs found on artworks in the
collection of the Ham Museum of Art. The graphic of
the dancer on the fundraising form was designed
by dele jegede.

I* J Presidential Notes

When Rebecca Nagy's and Susan Cooksey's
reminder arrived that it was time again to write a few
remarks for this Newsletter, I was in the middle of
coming to grips with the tragic news that one of the
famous palaces in the Cameroon Grassfields had
mostly burnt to the ground. Such a tremendous loss
deeply affects us and our field. It is a somber
reminder that architectural sites, museums and
archives are all vulnerable to catastrophes, be they
man-made like wars and unrest or natural disasters
like the horrible tsunami that cost over 160,000
people their lives-an unfathomable number-and
devastated towns, villages and cultural heritage sites.

Many buildings in the palace of the Bamileke
kingdom of Bandjoun went up in flames during the
early morning hours of January 20. The news first
reached me on January 21, through French
colleagues and friends who listen to the fine Radio
France Internationale world news program in the
morning. The palace was an architectural gem, the
site of a renowned palace museum and royal
treasure. Gone is the magnificent "house of the
people," the center and heart of the kingdom. The
tall raffia and wood structure thatched with roofing
grass was famous for its carved pillars and depicted
in many books on art and architecture in the
Cameroon Grassfields. At times, the community
reconstructed it-the last such construction took
place in 2001. Gone are the old palace museum
building and most of the objects in the museum's
storage areas, the treasures of the palace: beaded
thrones, masks and their costumes, headdresses
and sculptures. Gone, too, are the irreplaceable
archives in the museum, which documented the
fascinating history of the kingdom. Part of the
residence of the late King Ngni6 Kamga was also
destroyed, as people helplessly watched the
buildings burn down. A new museum with some 120
objects was spared.

Reading the reports in Cameroonian newspapers and
on websites provides a sense of the tragedy and
misfortune that have befallen Bandjoun. They talk of
people crying in deep pain, bringing water in small
containers from their houses and villages and pouring
it on the ashes throughout the day-symbolic acts.
"Bandjoun, la chefferie en ruine: un incendie ravage
I'essentiel du patrimoine" states one of the headlines.
It was arson, apparently the result of succession
conflicts between King Djome Kamga, the brother of

the late King Ngnie Kamga, and the late king's sons.
Djome Kamga ascended to the throne in January 2004,
exactly a year ago.

None of our colleagues must be more devastated than
Flaubert Nouaye Taboue, the curator of the museum.
According to newspaper reports, he arrived at the palace
at 4 o'clock in the morning and found that everything
was on fire. He remarked that the reconstruction will be
a difficult task because all of the storage areas of the
museum have been destroyed. And there is our
colleague Dominique Malaquais, whose book
Architecture, pouvoir et dissidence au Cameroun (Paris
2002, Karthala) focuses on Bandjoun, where she spent
many months doing research over a period of several
years. She, too, was deeply saddened by the news. Yet
she believes that the palace and the kingdom will be
rebuilt, whichever form this reconstruction may take, for
the people of Bandjoun are strong and life in Bandjoun is
profound. In her statement published on January 24 in
Le Messager, a newspaper based in Douala, she sums
up her feelings with a final sentence: "Donc il y a en
meme temps du d6sespoir et beaucoup d'espoir" (Thus,
there is despair yet at the same time there is much
hope). It is a sentiment that we should share, the faith in
people being able to rebuild and move on.

In 2004, ACASA received sufficient $10 annual
sponsorships to send hard copies of the Newsletter
to 18 institutional members in Africa and the
Caribbean. Please remember that we will need new
sponsorships for these and other institutional
members in 2005. I hope you will consider sponsoring
one or more institutional members so that we can
continue to send hard copies of the Newsletter to
libraries, museums and universities in Africa and the
Caribbean. You may also wish to send contributions
for the 14th Triennial Symposium Fund for Visiting
African Scholars and Graduate Students and for the
ACASA Endowment Fund, using the form on page 13
of this Newsletter.

Harn Museum of Art associate curator of African art
Susan Cooksey, curatorial secretary Melody Record
and graphic designer Tami Wroath were instrumental
both in production of this Newsletter and in formatting
and disseminating the electronic versions of the
Newsletter to courtesy members. I am grateful to
Susan, Melody and Tami for their many contributions
to these endeavors.

Rebecca M. Nagy
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville FL

Christraud M. Geary
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Message from the Editor


If you haven't done so already, please renew your
ACASA membership for 2005, using the form on page
14 of this Newsletter. Return the form with payment to
ACASA Secretary/Treasurer Tavy D. Aherne at the
address provided. Timely renewal will ensure that you
receive copies of the spring/summer and fall 2005
ACASA Newsletters.

Courtesy members in Africa and the Caribbean are
reminded to send requests for membership renewal to
Tavy Aherne so that she can keep the membership
records up to date, including an email address where we
can send your digital copy of the Newsletter. Tavy's
address is always on page one of the Newsletter.
Because ACASA does not have the resources to send
hard copies of the Newsletter to our 72 individual
courtesy members, the new e-Newsletter is a valuable
service that insures the latest issue is received in a
timely, cost-effective manner. The ACASA Board is
considering options for making the Newsletter available
to all members online, but accessible only by password
to preserve the Newsletter as a privilege of membership.
Input from members will be helpful to the Board in
determining how effective this method of delivery would
be to members.

Thanks to ACASA Members from Auchi Polytecnic

October 24, 2004

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the school of Art and Design, Auchi
Polytechnic, Auchi, I wish to acknowledge and
express our heartfelt appreciation to you for the
numerous books on African Art which you donated to
my school through Jean Borgatti.

This kind gesture of yours has enabled us to start a
specialized faculty library which is now receiving
patronage from both students and lecturers alike.
These books came at a time when we were almost
despairing because there were no reference books in
the school and the few we had were obsolete.

We also wish to thank the American Embassy for
assisting Jean in bringing in these books. Thank you
very much indeed. We are always appreciative of help.

Helen N. Uhunmwagho
Auchi Polytecnic, Auchi

Thanks to ACASA members from University of Benin

October 18, 2004

I write on behalf of the Department of Fine and
Applied Arts, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria,
to all ACASA members. It is quite elating to be
associated with such a realistic, noble and purpose-
directed body. As member of this body and the
faculty at the University of Benin, Nigeria, I have
witnessed the arrival of books donated to my
Department by ACASA members. It is quite amazing
the number of different books, videotapes and
recorded CDs in art and related disciplines now
available in our departmental library. These are
materials that had become very rare here in the
organization of our learning experiences in studio art
and art history.

With the current donations of books from ACASA
members to our Department, we can safely say that
our faculty and students are abreast with current
developments in the disciplines. Not only that, we are
also mindful of the role played by Dr. Jean Borgatti in
all these. First, as a Fulbright Scholar seconded to
our Department, she popularized the activities of
ACASA, CAA and ASA, so much so that some of us
who before then did not know about HAfrArts are now
linked. Besides, Dr. Borgatti had begun the whole
exercise of donations to our Department prior to the
rest of ACASA members. She had donated a couple
of items to facilitate our learning, particularly in art
history, such as an LCD projector, TV set and video
player as well as the large volume of books,
magazines, journals and downloads from the internet
which she made available at no cost. Above all, our
Department is the beneficiary of a grant from the US
Embassy in Nigeria facilitated by Dr. Borgatti. With
this grant, we now have a good art history lecture
hall, air-conditioned, equipped with computers and
scanner for teaching and research.

We thank ACASA members for everything, and we'd
like to say that our department would be excited to
welcome any of you on a research trip to Benin City.

Wa rue se! Ese pupo Unu mela Wa bu lu!

Dr. Freeborn Odiboh
Art Historian and Critic
Department of Fine and Applied Arts
University of Benin

Minutes of ACASA Board Meeting

The ACASA Board meeting was held on November
12, 2004 during the African Studies Association
Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

Present: Christraud Geary, Robin Poynor, Tavy
Aherne, Rebecca Nagy, Kate Ezra, Elisha Renne,
Carol Thompson, Norma Wolff
Absent: Ikem Okoye, Constantine Petridis

President Chris Geary called the meeting to order
and thanked board members for their attendance.

Secretary/Treasurer Tavy Aherne presented the
financial and membership reports. ACASA's total
account balance as of November 8, 2004 was
$59,702.61, which breaks down into the following
separate account balances:

Regular checking account
Regular savings account
Endowment account
Symposium account
(for travel grants, etc.)
Triennial Account
(conference fees, etc.)
Sieber account
(for dissertation awards)




Between March 22 and November 8,2004, ACASA
received contributions totaling $435, bringing the
year-to-date total contributions to $2,185 toward the
following ACASA programs:

Endowment $345.00
Symposium 660.00
Triennial 310.00
Sieber 640.00
Sponsorships of institutional members 230.00

Tavy reported that the net cost of the 2004 Triennial
to the ACASA treasury was $1,515.39. Thus, while
the organization did not make any money from the
conference, the overall cost was minimal.

Membership is higher than last year, but is well below
previous years when the number of paying members
hovered at around 200. As of November 8, paying
members totaled 147, breaking down as follows:

Regular members ($50 annually): 86
Special members ($20 annually: 50
Institutional ($75 annually): 11

In addition, ACASA has 107 non-paying member,
breaking down as follows:

Sponsored institutions:
African/Caribbean Courtesy:

(Note: There are 604 African/Caribbean members in
the ACASA database. As of November 8, 72 have
responded to ACASA's request to verify contact

Tavy reminded the Board that sponsorships to
support mailing hard copies of the Newsletter to
institutional members in Africa and the Caribbean are
for one calendar year. Thus members should be
reminded that when they renew in January they
should consider contributing to sponsorships for
calendar year 2005. Sponsorships are $10 per
institution. The suggestion was made that members
may wish to sponsor a particular institutional member
in Africa or the Caribbean. All agreed that such
specific sponsorships should be encouraged as a
way to inspire members' generosity.

Chris led a discussion of how ACASA can increase
its membership, sharing ideas from ACASA members
who have expressed their concerns to her. Among
ideas discussed by the Board were joint
memberships for couples; firm deadlines for joining or
renewing in order to be included in the membership
directory in the spring/summerACASA Newsletter or
the addendum in the fall Newsletter; a revised and
improved membership form; renewal letters to all
members and follow-up letters to those who do not
renew within a given period of time; announcements
and reminders to the HAfr-Arts list serve; a
receptionfor new members at each Triennial; and a
partnership with African Arts journal.

Board members discussed incentives to join and
benefits of membership. Emphasis should be placed
on membership as an opportunity to contribute to
one's discipline, participate in the academic
community, network with colleagues, and encourage
the work of young scholars. The importance of an
attractive and expressive ACASA website, currently
maintained by Barbara Thompson, that serves as a
vehicle for dissemination of information and as a
benefit of membership was emphasized. The website
could be an avenue for payment of dues using Paypal
and could also contain the Newsletter and
membership list, accessible by password to
members only. Board members will explore options
for contracting with a web designer and ideas for
content on the website. Board members agreed that
raising funds to support design and maintenance of
an outstanding website would be a valid reason for
increasing ACASA membership dues in 2006 and
that this issue should be brought to the membership
for discussion.

Rebecca Nagy reported on the ACASA Newsletter.
Individual courtesy members in Africa and the
Caribbean who have access to e-mail are now
receiving an electronic version of the Newsletter. The
Board discussed the option of making a password-
protected e-Newsletter available to members on-line
via the improved ACASA website. All agreed that this
option is worth pursuing, although for the time being
a printed Newsletter is still needed to provide archival
copies to institutions and for members who do not

have access to email. Rebecca emphasized the
importance of news items submitted to her by
members. Suggestions for the Newsletter from Board
members included news updates on field research
being conducted by graduate students and reports
from libraries, archives and other institutions in Africa
about their collections and services.

A report on HAfrArts was submitted in absentia by
Michael Conner and Barbara Thompson.

Robin Poynor and Rebecca Nagy reported on plans
for the 2007 ACASA Triennial at the University of
Florida. They are forming their conference planning
committee and have begun meeting with colleagues
at UF to build support for the event. The Board agreed
to set the dates for the conference tentatively for
March 28 -April 1, 2007, pending confirmation in
spring 2005. The Board also agreed to use the UF
Conference Planning Department for the logistics of
the conference. It was agreed that a fee structure
would be established for early-bird, regular, and on-
site registration in an effort to encourage early
registration. The Board also agreed that membership
should be required for those presenting at the
conference, although panel chairs may apply for
waivers for guest presenters whose disciplines are far
removed from African expressive culture.

Chris reminded the Board that committees must be
established soon for the Rubin, Sieber and
Leadership awards to be made at the 2007 Triennial.

The Agenda for the ACASA general business meeting
was agreed upon for the meeting to be held at 8 pm
the same evening, and the meeting of the Board was

Minutes submitted by Rebecca Nagy.

Benefits of ACASA Membership

Robin Poynor, immediate past-president of ACASA,
composed the following list of benefits of being an
ACASA member. Other members may have additional
benefits to add to the list. Please share these ideas
with our colleagues whose memberships have lapsed
or who have never joined ACASA and encourage them
to become active members.

For scholars in Museum and Academic positions:
opportunities for professional service
interdisciplinary exchange of ideas related to
the expressive arts of Africa
exchange and dissemination of information
direct contact with colleagues and experts
advance notice of regional and national ASA
annual meetings at ASA and CAA and Triennial
opportunities to make contributions that
support the Triennial Symposia
outreach opportunities for education in the
expressive arts of Africa
opportunities to support African and Caribbean
colleagues to travel to conferences
opportunities to provide Newsletters to African
and Caribbean colleagues and institutions
opportunities to support graduate students in
travel to conferences

Additionally for graduate students and young scholars:
leadership opportunities
national forum for graduate students for
obtaining information and developing
perspectives about the expressive arts of Africa,
learning about educational and career
opportunities, and forming meaningful
professional networks
integration of graduate students and young
scholars into the academic profession
travel scholarships to conferences
Roy Sieber Dissertation Award

Other benefits include furthering the profession by
promoting the understanding of the arts of Africa and
the Diaspora:
Outreach activities focus on specific
communities in which the Triennial Symposia
take place, and the ways those communities
most want to make use of our expertise in
furthering the understanding of the expressive
arts of Africa
Museum Day each Triennial Symposium
works toward the better use of museums as
a place for understanding the people and the
arts of Africa around the world

ACASA has established several educational
Outreach programs at each of the Triennial
Symposia with the intention of sharing ideas
and expertise with local teachers and
educational systems
Atextbook for African Art history-resulting
in the publication of A History of Art in
Africa, 2001
Books for Africa drive in which new
publications are made available to African

Minutes of ACASA Business Meeting

The ACASA Business Meeting was held on
November 12,2004 during the African Studies
Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
President Chris Geary called the meeting to order
and thanked members for their attendance.

Secretary/Treasurer Tavy Aherne presented the
financial and membership reports, as summarized in
the meetings of the ACASA Board meeting above.
Tavy appealed to ACASA members to encourage their
graduate students to join the organization. She also
reminded members that sponsorships are needed in
order to send the Newsletter to institutional courtesy
members in Africa and the Caribbean. Members may
designate a particular institution they wish to
sponsor. The option of paying for membership using
Paypal via the ACASA website (see below) was
discussed and the consensus of those present was
that this service would be advantageous. Tavy
emphasized that ACASA membership is higher this
year than in the last two years, but that this is a
historic trend: membership is always higher in a
Triennial year.

Chris Geary discussed the pending membership drive
and the need to increase ACASA's membership,
noting that ACASA made a mistake by not requiring
presenters at the Triennial to be members of the
organization. She mentioned benefits of membership,
including the ACASA Newsletter and the enhanced
website that the Board is planning to implement.
Chris asked Board member Kate Ezra to discuss the
website. Kate observed that the ACASA website is
minimal compared to websites of other similar
scholarly organizations and that the Board wants to
make the site more attractive, informative and useful,
including information such as ACASA's mission and
by-laws, members of the board, announcements of
upcoming meetings, and much more. The Board
probably will contract with a web designer to create
the new site and pay a yearly fee to have the site
maintained. Parts would be open to the public and
other sections would be accessible to members only
by password.

A general discussion of the website, which has been
kindly maintained by Barbara Thompson, followed.
Joanne Eicher asked if a volunteer webmaster would
be feasible, and wondered if ACASA could partner with
HAfr-Arts on this project. Ray Silverman pointed out
that the ACASA website, which has been linked to
HAfr-Arts, has atrophied and that this might be the
right time to establish an independent website distinct
from HAfr-Arts. Bill Dewey commented that HAfr-Arts
is a useful tool for announcements but this does not
preclude the need for having relevant announcements
on the ACASA website, with links in both directions.
Tavy Aherne mentioned that the ACASA website could
have information about research interests of members
so that scholars could search the site to find
colleagues with related interests. Katherine
Sthreshley suggested that the site might provide
information and access to museum collections of
African art. The observation was made that the Board
needs to define what will make the ACASA website
unique and how we will decide what information is
best suited for the website, for HAfr-Arts, for the
Newsletter, and that ideas and suggestions from
members will help the Board make these

Al Roberts reported on the status of African Arts. The
new editor, Leslie Jones, is doing a great job and is
working to get the fourth issue for 2004 out by year's
end. There may be a delay in mailing the issue to
subscribers because of the transition to publication at
MIT. Leslie, who has a PhD in folklore from UCLA,
may be reached at: friartsedit@ international.ucla.edu.
African Arts still has a deficit and increasing the
number of subscriptions is imperative to making the
journal financially secure. Help in promoting
subscriptions is requested.

Chris Geary recognized Al and Polly Roberts for their
honor in receiving the Melville J. Herskovits Award for
their book A Saint in the City: Sufi Arts of Urban
Senegal and all present joined in congratulating them
for this remarkable achievement that also brings
recognition to our field.

Newsletter editor Rebecca Nagy reported that the Fall
2004 Newsletter was recently mailed to members.
The Newsletter is issued three times annually, in
February (winter), June (spring/summer) and October.

An electronic version is now being sent to courtesy
members in Africa and the Caribbean who have
access to email, but Rebecca reminded members
that sponsorships are needed for institutional
courtesy members so printed Newsletter can be
provided to them. She is open to suggestions from
members about the best role for the Newsletter in
light of ACASA's plans to develop a more extensive

Because Michael Conner could not attend the
meeting, Chris Geary mentioned that Michael
encourages members to make use of HAfr-Arts
for scholarly discourse and not just as a vehicle
for announcements. Also, Michael is seeking a
book review editor for HAfr-Arts. Ray Silverman
emphasized that Michael needs assistance from
others who would be willing to spell him as
moderator of the site, a task to which he has
dedicated a huge amount of time.

Robin Poynor and Rebecca Nagy reported on
plans for the 2007 Triennial at the University of
Florida. They have begun to form the planning
committee. Robin and Rebecca will serve as co-
chairs for the conference, Vicki Rovine has
agreed to serve as panels chair, Susan Cooksey
and Carol Thompson will organize Museum Day,
and Agnes Leslie and Bonnie Bernau of UF will
be in charge of Outreach Day. The UF
Conference Planning Department will handle the
logistics of the meeting, which will be held March
28 -April 1, 2007. The theme for the Triennial
has not yet been decided. Committees to select
recipients of the Rubin, Sieber and Leadership
awards will be formed soon.

The last agenda item was "other business."
Robin mentioned that a fundraising committee
also will be formed very soon to solicit donations
to the Symposium Fund, the Sieber Memorial
Fund, and the ACASA Endowment.

Ray Silverman spoke about the new organization
AFRICOM, a subsidiary of ICOM, the
International Council of Museums. AFRICOM
(International Council of African Museums) is a
dynamic young organization the members of
which are mostly Africans from across the
continent. Ray encourages American museum
professionals to join and participate. More
information is available at the AFRICOM website:
www.africom.museum. Ray also announced that
the University of Michigan is launching a new
electronic journal of African Studies, Gefame,
which will be available free.

The meeting was adjourned.

Minutes submitted by Rebecca Nagy.


Melville J. Herskovits Award Announced

The prestigious Melville J. Herskovits Award
was awarded to Allen Roberts and Mary Nooter
Roberts for their publication A Saint in the City:
Sufi Arts of Urban Senegal (University of
Washington Press, 2003). The Herskovits
Award is presented annually by the African
Studies Association for the best scholarly work
on Africa published in English in the previous
year and distributed in the United States. The
book previously was awarded the Rubin Book
Award by ACASA at the 2004 Triennial
Symposium in Boston.
The exhibition of the same title, which
originated at UCLA's Fowler Museum of
Cultural History, is currently at the Samuel P.
Ham Museum of Art at the University of Florida
in Gainesville through March 15, and
subsequently travels to the Museum of
International FolkArt in Santa Fe, New Mexico
the fall of 2005 and the KrannertArt Museum at
the University of Illinois, Champaign in the fall
of 2006. Other venues are still in negotiations
at this time and will be announced later.
Contact Karyn Zarubica, Director of Traveling
Exhibitions at the UCLA/Fowler Museum of
Cultural History if you are interested in
arranging an exhibit of A Saint in the City.
Email: karynz@arts.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 825-6067
Fax: (310) 206-7007

6 I Travel and Study Abroad

NEH Summer Institute on African Cinema
June 8-July 6, 2005
Dakar, Senegal

The Department of African Studies, Howard
University, in conjunction with the Institute of
African American Affairs at New York University
and the West African Research Center,
announces an NEH Summer Institute to be
held in Dakar, Senegal, June 8-July 6, 2005.
The focus of the institute is AFRICAN CINEMA,
and it is open to US College and University
faculty in the humanities and social sciences
currently teaching or planning to teach courses
with significant African humanities content and
focus. Faculty from Historically Black Colleges

and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Serving (HSI) and
Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) are also
particularly encouraged to apply. The Institute is
designed to reinforce and expand a humanistic
approach to African Studies by providing College and
University faculty with a site-based program on the
context and significance African Cinema and its
applications to college and university curricula.

The Institute will survey the history, theories,
aesthetics and criticism of African cinema from 1960
to the present. It will examine the relationship
between cinema and other forms of creative practice
in Africa, in particular, African literature and African
oral traditions. It will also explore the significance and
use of African cinema in African human, cultural and
social development.

The deadline for submitting the complete application
is March 1, 2005.
Awards will be announced April 1, 2005.

For more information on the Institute and application
procedures and materials, see:
Send e-mail inquiries to: africancinema@howard.edu

Workshop in Ghana
August 2005

Cross Cultural Collaborative, Inc. is a non-profit
working with artists in Ghana. They are setting up a
grassroots factory to permanently employ some
African artisans. Here's an opportunity to have fun
and participate in a meaningful way. If you are a
paper maker or would like to learn papermaking and
would like to come to Ghana this summer, please
see the Cross Cultural Collaborative website at:


Betty LaDuke Exhibits

Betty LaDuke is a painter, printmaker, activist and
teacher whose works celebrates cultural diversity and
honors the special relationship we have with the earth.
More information and examples of the artwork on
exhibit can be found online at: www.bettyladuke.com

Based on eight journeys to Eritrea, the images focus
on the lives of women as they conduct their daily
activities and the transition towards peace along the
border with Ethiopia.





Sept. Oct.

Oct.- Nov


North Dakota Art Gallery Association
Minot (Linda Olson 701-858-3242)
Bismark Art Gallery Devil's Lake
(Linda Christman 701-223-8960)
Lake Region Heritage Center
Devil's Lake
(Jim Schiele 701-662-3701)
Jamestown Art Center Jamestown
(Sally Jeppson 701-251-2496)
Taube Museum Minot
(Nancy Brown 701-838-4445)

Paintings, photos, prints and pen & ink drawings
inspired by Betty LaDuke's 2003 tour of Uganda &
Rwanda to learn about the Heifer International
Project, a grass-roots organization that seeks to
bring animals to African families to enable them to
be self-supporting and build community. A gift of a
cow embodies the real-life dreams of food, clothing
and wealth for the family.

March-April 2005
Crandall Public Library Glen Falls, N.Y
(Todd DeGarmo 518-792-6508 x 103)

Jan.-Feb. 2006
Morris Graves Museum of Art Eureka, CA
(Jemima Harr 707-442-0278)

World Cultures: Africa, the Americas, Oceania and
Asia at the World Museum Liverpool

Liverpool Museum is to be renamed World Museum
Liverpool when it opens on April 29, 2005 after a 35
million expansion doubling its size. Among the
attractions in the refurbished museum will be a major

new suite of galleries titled World Cultures:
Africa, the Americas, Oceania and Asia, which
includes extensive new African displays. The new
displays number just over 600 artifacts drawn
from the Museum's important African
ethnography collections (many of which have
never been on public display before) and occupy
more than 400 square meters of floor space.
Most of the exhibits were collected along the
West African trade routes plied by Liverpool
steamships in the late 19th and early 20th
centuries and reveal an important chapter in the
city's longstanding links with West Africa. A
smaller number were collected in the 1960s from
art galleries in Paris, London and the
Netherlands, and provide a context for revealing
how European artists like Picasso and Matisse
were influenced by African artifacts in European
collections at the beginning of the 20th century. A
small temporary display space for contemporary
African art is also included and will exhibit work
by Sokari Douglas Camp and Osi Audu during

The new World Cultures gallery will be
complemented by the Weston Discovery Centre
which features objects from the museum's rich
and varied archaeology and ethnology
collections. Visitors will be able to handle
objects, use computer interactive and take part
in special activities, assisted by demonstrators.

IC I People and Places

Heather Marie Akou assumed her position as
assistant professor at Indiana University in
Bloomington in fall 2004 with an appointment is
in the Department of Apparel Merchandising and
Interior Design. Her current research interests
include Somali dress and Islamic dress in Africa.

The Museum forAfrican Art has named Enid
Schildkrout to the post of Chief Curator. She will
be responsible for creating and organizing
exhibitions and developing a permanent
collection and will be working with the architects
and designers to plan the galleries in the
Museum's new building at Fifth Avenue and 110th
Street, scheduled to open in 2007. Dr.
Schildkrout has worked for three decades as a
Curator at the American Museum of Natural
History in New York, where she also served as
Chair of the Division of Anthropology from 1997-
2002. She is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia
University and at the Graduate Center of the City
University of New York.

Conferences Et Symposia

Symposium: Emerging Scholarship in African Art

Columbia University, April 22, 2005

The Department of Art History and Archaeology at
Columbia University is pleased to announce a
symposium on "Emerging Scholarship in African Art"
to be held Friday, April 22, 2005. The symposium is
co-sponsored by Columbia's Institute of African

This symposium provides a venue to discuss new
directions in the study of African art, and reevaluate
the field with papers that are grounded in the
classical art of Africa approached by new avenues of
interpretation and critical thinking. Speakers will give
twenty-minute papers in panels followed by a
discussion led by a senior scholar. The symposium
will conclude with a summary address by a
distinguished speaker.

Activating the Past: Latin America in the Black

April 23-24, 2005
UCLA International Institute
Co-organizers: Andrew Apter and Robin Derby,
History Department

This scheduled conference on activating the past
explores trans-Atlantic modes of memorialization
through ritual, iconography, popular narratives and
spatial practices. These will be considered as
dynamic archives of the past, representing critical
historical events and transformations associated with
the rise of slavery in the black Atlantic world. The
opaque as well as transparent dimensions of
embedded and embodied memories will be examined
in order to gain access to forbidden pasts: memories
that have been repressed or occluded because of
their violent or controversial implications.

Case studies will focus on West Africa, Brazil and the
Creole Caribbean. In West Africa, participants will
examine how dominant ethnic groups such as the
Yoruba, Ashanti, Wolof and Temne brokered trade
relations between European merchants and Africans
in the hinterland, using ritual associations to secure
fetish contracts and control markets.

In the Americas, presentations on Brazil, Cuba, Haiti,
the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico will explore
the extension of these West African ritual systems
into syncretic New World cultural and textual forms.
The goal of the conference is to disclose hidden

historical references to local and regional encounters
with the trans-Atlantic slave trade, focusing on
religious practices and artifacts that shaped
changing political and economic relationships in
fetishized forms of power and value.

Although the history of the Atlantic slave trade is
rarely acknowledged in the popular imagination of
West Africa and the Hispanic Caribbean, it has
retreated, so to speak, within ritual associations and
other practices as a restricted, secret history that is
activated in various social and sacred domains. We
will also highlight significant variations within regional
worlds on both sides of the Atlantic.

For more information, please contact: Professor
Robin Derby, UCLA History Dept. at
derby@ history.ucla.edu

Homegoings, Crossings, and Passings: Life and
Death in the African Diaspora

April 23, 2005
Hosted by Cleveland State University and John
Carroll University
At John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio

Dr. Regennia N. Williams, Conference Director
Department of History
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, RT1915
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
(216) 523-7182, Telephone
(216) 687-5592, FAX

For more information contact:

I = I Employment Opportunities

Position Listing

Title: Visiting Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
Location: Florida International University, Miami
Deadline: April 30,2005

The African-New World Studies Program at Florida
International University seeks a Visiting Pre-Doctoral
Candidate for the academic year 2005-2006.
Applicants must be ABD (have finished their course
work and already be engaged in the writing of their
Contact: cboyced@fiu.edu
See: www.fiu.edu/-africana

Current Publications and Films


Proteus is a new dramatic historical film produced by
two directors, one South African and one Canadian,
Jack Lewis and John Greyson, and funded by
agencies in their countries. The film is focused on
South Africa circa 1730 and the relationship there
between an African (Khoi) man and a Dutch man,
both prisoners-the first imprisoned for insulting a
white settler and the second imprisoned for sodomy.

For more information see: http:l
www.horschamp.qc.ca/new offscreen/Proteus.html

Films on Contemporary African Art

The Arts in Action Society has produced two
documentaries about art in contemporary Africa:
Recalling the Future/Art in Contemporary Africa and
The Art of Viye Diba/The Intelligent Hand

For more information, please see the following web sites:

filmbrochurel .html

viye diba filmbrochure.html

For additional information about these films, contact
Claudine Pommier at the Arts in Action Society:
steinpom @ shaw.ca

I ^ Media and Internet Resources

Using Google for African Studies Research: A Guide
to Effective Web Searching

The pilot edition of this guide is now freely accessible
at http://www.hanszell.co.uk/google/.

Although it can also be used on its own, it is published
as an adjunct to the new third edition of The African
Studies Companion: A Guide to Information Sources
online at:

The guide is designed to help the user get the most out
of Google's Web searching techniques, and at the
same time provides a critical evaluation of Google's

many Web search features, services and tools. The
guide is liberally interspersed with examples of
searches and search strategies relating to Africa or
African studies topics. Using Google for African
Studies Research is initially released as a pilot
edition, and I shall welcome any critical comments or
suggestions, especially from Africana and reference
librarians and from African studies scholars. I would
also appreciate a link to this Google guide on the
Web pages of African studies libraries.

No print version is available at this time, but if any
ALC colleagues would like to have a copy of the
matching Word document Hans Zell will be glad to
send them a copy of the file on request, as an email
attachment. This document includes a table of
contents with page numbers (but which of course do
not appear in the Web version); it is 119 pages long
and the file size is 883KB in RTF.

Hans Zell may be reached at:
hanszell@ hanszell.co.uk

Streaming Video of Ghana and Burkina Faso

Chris Roy has been adding streaming video of Ghana
and Burkina Faso to his "Art and Life in Africa"
website. These can be viewed by going to http://
www.uiowa.edu/-africart and clicking on the
appropriate download speed part way down the page.
If you have a slow modem use 56K, if you have T1 or
better use 512K MP4, if you have Ethernet use 256K
or 512K. If you do NOT have QT player you can
download it for free at http://www.apple.com/
quicktime/products/qt/ There are versions of QT
player for both Window boxes and Macs.

For an annotated list of the subjects of videos
currently available, consult the archived message
from Chris Roy on the H-Net Network forAfrican
Expressive Culture website at
http://www2.h-net.msu.edu/~artsweb/ and enter
"streaming video" as keywords to search the logs.

GEFAME: New Online African Studies Journal

The University of Michigan has just launched the
publication of GEFAME, a new online journal of
African studies promoting scholarly communication.
Published twice a year, this peer-reviewed journal is
designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas and work
among Africa-based scholars and scholars outside
the continent of Africa.

Visit GEFAME at http://www.hti.umich.edu/g/gefame/

Passages:A Chronicle of the African Humanities
originally published by-Northwestem University's
Program of African Studies, is reappearing as a web-
based publication, passages, in association with the
GEFAME online journal. As a site for
documentation, commentary, discussion, and
experimental and provisional writings, passages is
not peer-reviewed and invites contributions of diverse
origin, length and intention. In early 2005, the
passages site will include a searchable archive of
the eight issues of the original journal.
passages may be found at:

For more information, contact: "Afeworki Paulos"

ICI Calls for Papers & Essays

Diasporic Encounters and Collaborations

The Association for the Study of the Worldwide African
Diaspora (ASWAD)
Third Biennial Conference
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
October 5-7, 2005
For additional information see: www.aswadiaspora.org

The Association for the Study of the Worldwide African
Diaspora (ASWAD) was created as an avenue
through which scholars, activists, policy-makers and
others can discuss ideas concerning the state of the
global African Diaspora and connect these ideas with
concrete concerns and actions. Recognizing both the
unity and the diversity of the African Diaspora,
ASWAD conferences facilitate, in workshops,
roundtables and panels, the exchange of information
and knowledge about issues confronting African
Diasporan populations around the world.

ASWAD has selected Brazil, the country with the
largest African descendant population in the Americas
and, after Nigeria, in the world, as the venue of its
third biennial conference in recognition of both the
historic place of Brazil within the Diaspora and the
prevalent Africanity of its national culture. Brazil is
traversing a most intriguing moment in Brazilian,
South American and Lusophone history due to its
population growth-180 million souls-and its current
racial policies that favor the interests of its substantial
population of African descent.

The official conference languages will be Portuguese,
English and Spanish, and simultaneous interpretation
will be provided for all major events.

Conference Participation

Abstracts of conference presentations or proposed
panels should be double-spaced, 300 words or no
more than one page. These should be sent to
drdaniel @ mpowercom.net by March 1,2005

Conference Themes will include but are not
restricted to the following:
Relationships and Connections between
Africa and its Diasporas
Afrogenic Epistemologies and Hermeneutics:
Conceptualizing the African Diaspora from
the Inside
The Pre-Columbian African Presences in the
The Diaspora as Imagined Community
Africa and the Development of the Americas
and Europe
Twenty-First Century Pan-Africanism
Twenty-First Century Racism and Anti-racism
African and Diasporic Intellectuals and
Discussions of a "Black Atlantic"
The Indian Ocean African Diaspora
Diasporic Migrations
Wars, Dysfunctional States, Refugees and
Diasporic Languages and Linguistics
Expressive Culture as Boundaries and
Linkages between Diasporic Populations
The Media and Diaspora Representations
Independent Film and the Reconstruction of
the Black Image African and Diasporic
Oratures as Historic Sites of Struggle
Economies of the African Diaspora
Gender and Class in Trans-National
Non-governmental Organizations as
Catalysts for Change or as Cultural
Human Rights within the Diaspora: Issues of
Autonomy and Interventions
African Diaspora Youth Attitudes and
The Plight of Black Children Globally and its
Implications for the Future
African and Diaspora Theologies and their
Relationships with Ethics and Law
African Diasporan Spiritualities
Health Care Issues in African and African
Diasporan Communities
Diasporic Collaborations-Santiago +5
Resistance and Marooning
Sustainable Development in the Diaspora
Education in and about the African Diaspora
Business and Entrepreneurship in the African
Diaspora: Then and Now


STriennial Fundraising Form

The Arts Council of the African Studies Association

The Fourteenth Triennial Symposium on African Art
Gainesville, Florida 2004

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