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Presidential Notes

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Volume 78

The Arts Council of the African Studies Association

Newsletter, Volume 78 Fall 2007

ACASA Board of Directors

Sylvester Ogbechie, President
(term ends ASA 2008)
Kate Ezra, Past President
Alice Burmeister, Secretary/Treasurer
(term ends ASA 2008)
Susan Cooksey, Newsletter Editor
(term ends ASA 2008)
Christa Clarke (term ends ASA 2008)
Kim Miller (term ends ASA 2008)
Jean Borgatti (term ends Triennial 2010)
Allen F. Roberts (term ends Triennial 2010)
Monica Blackmun Visona (term ends Triennial 2010)
John McCall (term ends Triennial 2010)

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

Alice Burmeister
ACASA Secretary/Treasurer
Winthrop University
140 McLaurin Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733
Email: burmeistera@winthrop.edu

The ACASA Newsletter is published three times a year:
Spring/Summer, Fall, and Winter. The Newsletter seeks
items of interest for publication. You may send news
about jobs, special programs, events, travel, exhibitions,
new publications, etc. The next ACASA Newsletter will
be Winter 2008. Please send news items by January 13,
2008 to:

Susan Cooksey
Ham Museum of Art
P.O. Box 112700
Gainesville, FL 32611-2700

Email: secook@ufl.edu
Phone: 352-392-9826
Fax: 352-399826 X 141

Deadlines for Submission of News Items
for the 2007-8 Newsletters:

Winter 2008 January 13, 2008
Spring/Summer 2007 May 12, 2008
Fall 2008 September 12, 2008

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' IPresidential Notes

Greetings from the President, Arts Council
of the African Studies Association. The Arts Coun-
cil of the African Studies Association (ACASA) con-
vened its 14th Triennial in April 2007 at the Univer-
sity of Florida Gainesville and it was very success-
ful. My tenure dates from this event and I am now
working with many esteemed colleagues and fellow
ACASA members to chart a map for the organiza-
tion's advancement in the next couple of years. I
am very honored to lead ACASA and hope that the
organization continues to grow in its programs and
advocacy on behalf of African arts and Visual Cul-
tures. I want to thank the Past-President Kate Ezra
and her able committee members for their selfless
service and welcome our new board members and
members of various committees. We hope to focus
on revamping ACASA's programs and creating a
forum for initiating important discussions on the
state of African arts and visual culture scholarship
in general.
ACASA is now twenty-five years old and in
that time has grown into a respectable organiza-
tion. As the study of African arts and visual cultures
expands globally, we expect to see a continued
pattern of growth as we expand our drive for new
members from the USA, Africa, Europe, and Asia.
We plan to expand collaborative affiliations with
relevant organizations in these regions as a way of
increasing the global footprint of ACASA. We are
proud to state that almost 50% of our members are
based in Africa and receive free membership as a
result of ACASA's program of fostering greater
educational interaction between our USA and Afri-
can members. ACASA sponsors a number of Afri-
can scholars to our Triennial meetings and also
distributes publications to libraries of African Uni-
versities free of charge.
ACASA is pleased to announce plans to
hold its 15th Triennial Conference in Africa in 2010.
At the last board/general meeting at ASA 2007, the
members present voted to hold the 2010 ACASA
Triennial in Dakar, Senegal. The upcoming Trien-
nial provides ACASA with a chance for improved
collaboration and dialogue with our colleagues in
Africa. We expect to receive the collaboration of
significant institutions in the USA and also secure
some institutional support for raising the funds nec-
essary to actualize the ACASA-Africa 2010 Trien-
nial proposal. We will post new information on the
progress of these plans to our website periodically.


ACASA promotes expansion of knowledge-based
resources for global education about African and
is a powerful advocate of using cultural education
to improve the economic conditions of African
peoples. By promoting educational outreach and
the expansion of educational content on arts and
visual culture, ACASA contributes to the intellec-
tual and cultural development of Africa as well as
the viability of scholarship by all those who con-
duct research on African arts and Visual Cultures.
We look forward to increasing our programs in the
next three years as we work diligently towards a
groundbreaking and successful Triennial in Africa
in 2010. Thanks to the entire membership for
electing me to the Presidency of ACASA. I look
forward to serving the organization to the full ex-
tent of my abilities.

- Sylvester Ogbechie

IS=- Editor's Message

This issue of the Newsletter serves as
both the Spring/Summer and Fall issue, as it in-
cludes information from the last Triennial Sympo-
sium to the present. Thanks to all contributors,
particularly Kate Ezra who contributed meeting
minutes, and Alice Burmeister for her continued
efforts in reporting on the Newsletter at ASA and
maintaining the mailing lists in this last year when
memberships swell for our conference.
I am happy to report that the ACASA
Newsletter will be available on the ACASA web-
site starting in 2008. After this issue, hardcopies
of the Newsletter will be sent only to those who
request it. Editorial staff will continue to send hard-
copies of the ACASA Members Directory once a
year, as that information will not be made avail-
able online. Submission procedures for member-
ship and for news items will not change. Please
continue to send news items to me at se-
cook@ufl.edu, and membership information to
Alice Burmeister, Secretary Treasurer, burmeis-
Thanks for production of the Newsletter
go to Rebecca Nagy, Director of the Harn Mu-
seum, and to our new secretary in the Ham Mu-
seum curatorial department, Brandi Breslin who
has assisted with formatting and copy editing this
last issue.


Report on the 14th Triennial
Symposium on African Art

The 14th Triennial Symposium on African
Art, held at the University of Florida in Gainesville,
was a success on many fronts. Thanks to beautiful
spring weather, participants enjoyed the chance of
going outdoors for breaks and receptions. Overall,
the conference was well attended with a total of 312
registrants, and public events, such as Okwui Enwe-
zor's keynote address attracted large audiences.
This year offered a copious and stimulating variety
of panels and other activities. In addition to the 41
panels organized by ACASA members, the confer-
ence was expanded to include the University of Flor-
ida's Center for African Studies annual Carter Con-
ference, consisting of 3 additional panels. Partici-
pants were also treated to a host of other activities
and programs including an African film series and
13 exhibitions of African art in the Ham Museum of
Art, the University of Florida campus, and in the city.
On March 29, after the business meeting,
awards were presented. Two Roy Sieber Disserta-
tion Awards were presented, one to Chika Okeke-
Agulu for Nigerian Art in the Independence Decade:
1957-1967( Emory University, 2004, Sydney Kasfir,
advisor) and the second to Venny M. Makazibwe for
Bark-Cloth of the Baganda People of Southern
Uganda: A Record of Continuity and Change from
the late Eighteenth Century to the Early Twenty-First
Century (Middlesex University, England, 2005,
Jackie Guille, advisor). Two Arnold Rubin Out-
standing Publication Awards were presented, the
first for one or two authors went to Elizabeth Harney
for In Senghor's Shadow, and the second was given
to Sarah Nuttall, editor of Beautiful Ugly: African and
African Diapsora Aesthetics. The ACASA Leader-
ship Award was given to Susan Vogel. Kate Ezra,
President, and Christraud Geary, past-President,
also received certificates of appreciation for their
A full review of the conference by Eugenia Marti-
nez, MacKenzie Moon, Amy Schwarzott and Court-
ney Micots will be published in African Arts Journal.

"See Conference photos -pages 3-5 "

Susan Cooksey, Editor

rrchV -Apr.l 1.2007


Pages 3-5

President Kate Ezra and Rebecca Nagy welcome conferees on
opening day of thel4th Triennial Symposium for African Art, in the
Ham Museum of Art foyer.

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Roy Sieber Outstanding Dissertation Award winners Venny
Nakazibwe and Chika Okeke-Agulu and President Kate

Christraud Geary, Past President accepts
a certificate of appreciation from incoming
President, Sylvester Ogbechie and Sec-
retary-Treasurer, Alice Burmeister.

Susan Vogel after receiving the
ACASA Leadership Award.

President Kate Ezra and Award Committee chairs,
Kim Miller, Norma Wolff, Sylvester Ogbechie, Alice
Burmeister, Carol Thompson, Monica Visona and
Christa Clarke (left to right).


Yacouba Konat6 and Samuel Sidib6 speaking
Conferees taking a break between panels. at Museum Day.

Gilberto Cosa and Polly Nooter

Keynote address reception,
University of Florida campus.

Agenda ACASA Board Meeting
Thursday March 29 12:00-2:00
Ham Museum, Director's Conference Room

Present: Alice Burmeister, Christa Clarke, Susan
Cooksey, Kate Ezra, Chris Geary, Kim Miller, Syl-
vester, Ogbechie, Carol Thompson, Monica Visona,
Norma Wolff
Guests: Rebecca Nagy, Triennial Co-organizer

Secretary Treasurer's Report: Alice Burmeister
Account balance as of March 26, 2007:
Income in all funds $ 92,540.69
Minus Expenses 31, 652.79
Total 60,887.90
Question about newly merged and designated Roy
Sieber Scholarship and Dissertation Award Fund:
According to Martha Anderson the Sieber Disserta-
tion Fund was meant to be an endowment, which
was why it had such a high balance. We will keep
the funds merged, since it makes much more sense
(and continues to honor Sieber's name in a way he
would have liked) to use the money both for disser-
tation awards and travel funds. However, Sylvester
will look into legal status of endowment and how it
needs to be maintained for tax purposes. We will
also strive to keep better records in ACASA Ar-
chives so that there is a paper trail and memory of

Membership: Alice Burmeister
Kate will announce new dues structure at business
Need to revisit question of PayPal, credit card or
online payments for future

Fundraising: Kate will announce$25 for the 25th
campaign at business meeting

Website preview: Kim Miller
* Need for more images
* Website committee and Board will review and
select from corpus of images.
* Website committee and Board will review
(proof-read) final versions of web pages
Kim Miller and website committee (Lisa Aronson,
Jean Borgatti) commended for excellent work

Board nominations: Salah Hassan had to rescind his
candidacy due to his busy schedule and not getting
in his candidate statement in time. John McCall put
forward by Nominating Committee. Since there are
only four candidates for four positions, no need for
secret ballot at business meeting. Vote will be by
show of hands.

Approval of new president, Sylvester Ogbechie

* Chris Geary, Norma Wolff, and Carol Thompson
commended for excellent work as chairs of Leader-
ship Award, Dissertation Award, and Publication
Award committees.
* Norma and other members of Sieber award
committee will review procedures for next Triennial.
Chris and Leadership award committee have al-
ready done this. Carol says procedures for Rubin
award are fine.
* At Award Ceremony, Chris will announce Lead-
ership Award and turn it over to Doran Ross for
speech, and Joanne for "draping" and presentation
of certificate. Kate will make Rubin and Sieber
Awards presentations. Carol will provide text for
each of the books.
* Acknowledging Richard Long by Kate
* Acknowledging conference organizers Kate
will do it, use list on p. 2 of program
* Winners of Sieber travel grants will also be pre-
sented by Kate. Alice will provide list.
* In future we should commission Kente strips
with the word "ACASA" for use in awards ceremo-
Publication Awards should consider adding award
for publication in new media (e.g. CD-ROM) and for

Triennial planning committee report: Rebecca Nagy
* 307 participants registered
Total revenue: $76,749.94
Minus personnel costs 2,040.00
Minus operating costs 44,619.10
Minus fees 14,502.52
Total program cost 61,161.62
Net Revenue 15,588.32
(will be sent to ACASA)
* Question from Robin Poynor re registration fee
of one participant will be tabled till later.
* Rebecca reviewed schedule for business meet-
ing and banquet
* Christa Clarke raised question of Museum Day
and whether it should be folded in to main portion of
Triennial in the future. Proposed having Wednes-
day devoted to presentations by African and Dias-
pora artists. Norma suggested that artists would
probably want to sell work. Sylvester replied that
keeping museum day separate actually brings more
attention to it. Decided to continue the discussion
at future meetings

Agenda for Business Meeting planned:

Triennial 2010: three venues under consideration
are Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Ghana. Sylvester will
investigate possibilities of Ghana or other African

Awards Committees:

Newsletter: Susan

* Once website is running;, newsletters will be
posted as PDF. Membership Directories will be re-
moved from Newsletter and mailed separately to
* Thanks to Susan Cooksey and her assistant
Melody we now have Excel database of members
and addresses which will facilitate mailings.

CAA Liaison: Christa
* Because of snafus at 2007 CAA, will have to
start earlier organizing ACASA-sponsored panel.
Make announcement at business meeting

ASA Liaison: Kate
* LCD projectors: Sylvester will take over negotia-
tions, or appoint someone on board to be ASA Liai-
son. Kate will forward e-mail correspondence re-
garding projectors to Sylvester

ACASA-sponsored textbook: Sylvester
* Sylvester is looking into possibilities of a trade
book rather than textbook
Also looking into number of instructors who would
use it for course in Contemporary Art (not just con-
temporary African). This repackaging may make it
more desirable for publishers.

* Inquiry from VAM Art, organization of Indian art-
ists. Alice will requests more info from VAM. Chris
will ask her colleague in Indian art whether he
knows the organization.

Outgoing board members Chris Geary, Norma
Wolff, and Carol Thompson were thanked for their
great contributions to ACASA!

Employment Opportunities

Faculty Position: Professor in African
Studies Leipzig

The University of Leipzig
Faculty of History, Arts and Area Studies (vacant
from 1 October 2009):
W3 Professorship in African Studies (succeeding
Prof. Dr. H. Ekkehard Wolff).

The professor will represent the whole field of Afri-
can Studies (Afrikanistik) in research and teaching.
She / he is expected to participate in one of the Uni-
versity's Top-Level Research Areas within the hu-

Please send applications by 6 Dec. 2007 to:
Dekan der Fakultat fur Geschichte, Kunst- und
Schillerstr. 6
D-04109 Leipzig.
The rights and duties of the successful ap-
plicant are regulated by the SachsHG and the Sach-
sische Dienstaufgabenverordnung. Applicants must
fulfil the conditions specified under SachsHG 40.
Severely disabled persons are encouraged to apply
and will be given preference in the case of equal
Applications should be submitted with the usual
documentation, including a list of scientific publica-
tions and of academic teaching experience, as well
as an authenticated copy of the certificate of the
highest academic grade attained.


Travel and Study Abroad

Crossing Cultures Senegal 2008

Crossing Cultures offers a stimulating travel
and educational program focused on the French-
speaking Republic of Senegal, West Africa. The pro-
gram dates for the 2008 Crossing Cultures program
are June 23 July 8. It will be ID's 19th program to
Led by two former Peace Corps volunteers,
this well-established program appeals to people in
and out of academia. It works well for those who
want to experience family life and community pro-
jects in the rural areas of this diverse nation, and for
those with special interests in dance and music
training, environment, government, agriculture, lan-
guage or education and health projects.

The Crossing Cultures group is small, no more than five,
allowing the
leaders to tailor activities to the participants' interests.
Reasonable cost. Extended stays for volunteer work-or
field study can be facilitated. For more information, con-

Janet L. Ghattas, General Director
Intercultural Dimensions, Inc.
PO Box 391437
Cambridge MA 02139
Voice: 617 864 8442
E-mail: janet.ghattas@gmail.com
Intercultural Dimensions, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(C)(3)
educational organization.

Textile workshop in Ghana Aug. 2- 15, 2008

Cross Cultural Collaborative is an educational
non-profit promoting cultural exchange and understand-
ing through the arts. It offers an African textile workshop
at its cultural center in Ghana with opportunities to par-
ticipate in batik tie & dye and other dying techniques -
Asafo flag making Adinkra production Kente weaving
and more.
Offered in the context of African culture, there
will be visits to museums, galleries, dealers in antiqui-
ties, crafts villages, and drum and dance performance.

Download brochure and application at:
or send mailing address for hard copy to:

IEI Exhibitions

Daufuskie Island: Photographs by Jeanne
Moutoussamy-Ashe September 28 November
25, 2007 Presented at the World Financial Center
Courtyard Gallery

Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe's arresting pho-
tographs of Daufuskie Island, off the coast of South
Carolina, document the lives of "Gullah-Geechee"
African Americans living there in the 1970s, just be-
fore the tides of change swept over this once remote
Nearly three decades ago, photographer
Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe took her camera to
Daufuskie Island, and created a vivid portrait of a
coastal community whose way of life and language,
Gullah, is an enduring synthesis of African and
American elements.
Gullah is the term long used to describe the
creole language spoken, at its height, by approxi-
mately the half million Gullah-Geechee people of Afri-
can descent on the Sea Islands and in the tidewater
region of the South Atlantic coast. Gullah mixes Eng-
lish and West African languages creating a new lan-
guage, distinctly separate from either parent lan-
guage but bearing the mark of both. The term
"Gullah" may be a corruption of "Angola," a major
source of Africans brought to South Carolina, or to
the Gola, a group of people from Liberia. "Geechee"
is believed to be derived from the Ogeechee River
and applies to Gullah-speakers who live along the
Georgia coast.
Now, 25 years later, this rare community,
whose families had lived in the islands off the coast
of South Carolina and Georgia since before the civil
war, has changed irrevocably. Moutoussamy-Ashe's
photographs remind us of the deep contribution of
people of African origin to American life; they delve
deeply into an important aspect of American culture
often missing from history books. The poignant im-
ages of Daufuskie Island capture a people and a
place, then on the verge of dissolution and displace-
ment, now preserved in memory and pictures.
Guest Curator: Deborah Willis, Ph.D., New York Uni-

Visual Griots of Mali: An Exhibit of Photography
by African Youth September 7 November 25,
2007 Presented at the World Financial Center
Courtyard Gallery

Visual Griots of Mali combines the impor-
tance of storytelling with the power of the camera,
engaging Malian youth to use images instead of
words in a revealing process of self-exploration and
Forty-nine black and white photographs tell stories of
life in Mali, West Africa, from the perspective of a

new generation of visual griots.
The Visual Griots of Mali images are all by
young amateur West African photographers, none of
whom ever before held a camera. In 2005, a team of
Malian and U.S. photographers, organized by the
Academy for Educational Development, invited Ma-
lian students (aged 10-16) to tell their own stories,
the way they saw them. Each received a point-and-
shoot camera and was reminded to turn it off at
night...there was no electricity in the village and the
batteries weren't rechargeable.
The youth depict the day-to-day delights
and duties of village life a boy in an oversized Dal-
las Cowboys T-shirt smiles, one arm slung over a
donkey's neck; amid a crowd of children, a girl
grasps a long wooden pestle and grinds shea nuts
into shea butter; in the shade of a tree, a man naps
outside on a woven mat, his radio blaring beside
The workshop was at once an exercise in
photography, creative thinking, and leadership de-
velopment. Taking ownership of the project and
documenting their lives, the children have created a
body of work that demystifies the myth of "the Afri-
can Village" and engages our creative desires to
understand the human experience.
The villages captured in the photographs
are Damy and Kouara in Mali's Bwa country, near
the Burkina Faso border. An agriculture-based soci-
ety and minority ethnic group, the Bwa only number
about one hundred and twenty-five thousand in Mali.
These images now cut across language barriers and
tell the students' stories to the outside world.
Organized by the Academy for Educational
Development. Learn more at www.aed.org/
Sponsored by Merrill Lynch, with additional
support provided with public funds from the New
York City Department of Cultural Affairs

Exhibition List -Vue d'Esprit

Vue d'Esprit provides updated lists of African art
exhibitions in the US and Europe. You may sub-
scribe to this list by contacting the editor at vuede-


Current Publications

Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art His-
tory and Visual Culture

Critical Interventions is a peer-reviewed
journal of advanced research and writing on African
art history and visual culture. Our mission is to pro-
vide a forum for cutting-edge scholarship in African
art history and for sustained analysis of issues of
urgent concern for the discipline. Critical Interven-
tions foregrounds both the history of African moder-
nity and the historiography of African Art History,
and features an international array of authors. The
journal proposes a critical intervention at a moment
of great contradiction, when there are diminishing
opportunities for new and in-depth scholarly re-
search on African arts but also a parallel rise in in-
terest in Africa's modernity among scholars and stu-
dents. We believe further that studies grounded in
research in Africa and based on deep knowledge of
historical and contemporary experiences of African
art and visual culture can illuminate the fields of
modern and contemporary art history.
Issue #1 features the cross-generational
and international perspectives of Chinua Achebe,
Uche Okeke, Kerstin Pinther, James Faris, Sabine
Comelis, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Susan Kart,
Sidney Kasfir, John Peffer, Modou Dieng, Sylvester
Ogbechie, and Ikem Okoye.
Critical Interventions is now available for
subscription and individual purchase.
For further information see below, and http://
Subscriptions are $50 for individuals and $80 for
institutions (subscription provides two issues and
access to the full online version of the journal).

For subscription inquiries, contact:
Editors, Critical Interventions
c/o Aachron Editions
1555 West Fifth Street, Suite 255
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Email: ogbechie@arthistory.ucsb.edu
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Paris Primitive: Jacques Chirac's Museum on
the Qual Branly
by Sally Price

In 1990 Jacques Chirac, the future presi-
dent of France and a passionate fan of non-
European art, met Jacques Kerchache, a maverick
art collector with the lifelong ambition of displaying
African sculpture in the holy temple of French cul-
ture, the Louvre. Together they began laying plans,
and ten years later African fetishes took up resi-
dence under the same roof as the Mona Lisa. Then,
in 2006, amidst a maelstrom of controversy and
hype, Chirac presided over the opening of a monu-
mental new museum dedicated to primitive art in the
shadow of the Eiffel Tower: the Mus6e du Quai
Paris Primitive recounts the massive recon-
figuration of Paris's museum world that resulted
from Chirac's dream, set against a backdrop of per-
sonal and national politics, intellectual life, and the
role of culture in French society. Along with expos-
ing the machinations that led to the MQB's creation,
Sally Price addresses the thorny questions it raises
about the legacy of colonialism, the balance be-
tween aesthetic judgments and ethnographic con-
text and the role of institutions of art and culture in
an increasingly diverse France. Anyone with a stake
in the myriad political, cultural, and anthropological
issues raised by the MQB will find Price's account

1j Internet Resources

Antique African Maps Websites
Explore the new collection of antique and other
maps Northwestern has put up at:
University of Florida's antique maps of Africa are
available at

Digitized LIberian Albums ca. 1940
Wallace E. Manis, who collected artworks in Liberia
in the 1940's while working for Firestone, also took
hundreds of photographs. They are now online at:

Art Forum Berlin Blog of Sylvester Ogbechie
Sylvester Ogbechie has started a new blog while in
Berlin to document his work there, among other
things. The URL is listed below. See comments on
the Art Forum Berlin panel on Mozambique contem-
porary art. Name: AACHRONYM
URL: http://aachronym.blogspot.com

Research Queries

- I

Documentation and Publishing of Nri Rare Arte-
facts in Pictorial Anthology

Museum Piece International (MPI), a socio-
cultural group based in Enugu, Nigeria is seeking
assistance from arts connoisseurs, sponsors/
underwriters and collaborators in the documenta-
tion and publication of ancient Nri kingdom rare
Nri was formerly in Awka district in the
Southeast region of Nigeria whose arts and culture
is at the heart of Igbo (Eboe) civilization. To some
Africanists, the Nri apogee and pre-eminence in
history and culture spanned over a millennium,
making it a focal point in tracing the origin of Igbo
people. The ancient city has become a beehive of
renown researchers who have continued to unravel
the history of the Igbo people, including the highly
ritualistic and aristocratic clan of Nri. Beyond Nige-
ria, the Igbo world was highly influential in the de-
velopment of Europe and Americas during and af-
ter the heinous era of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
In 1999, MPI packaged travel exhibition
called Rare Artefacts exhibition from Nri with sup-
port from the Enugu Zonal Office (EZO) of the Na-
tional Council for Arts and Culture(NCAC), the fore-
most cultural organization in Nigeria, that did much
to enhance appreciation and understanding of Nri
arts culture and civilization to Nigeria citizens.
MPI and her antiquarian allies have ac-
quired a sizeable amount of artifacts that need to
be documented and published in a pictorial book
form for posterity, to preserve and promote educa-
tional and aesthetic appreciation of Nri arts and
Now, MPI is calling all art and culture en-
thusiasts, investors in human capital and capacity
builders to take advantage of this offer to sponsor/
underwrite the various stages of production of the
Interested sponsors, underwriters, collabo-
rators should please contact the founder of Mu-
seum Piece International (MPI) or our international
director/trustee, liaison officer for this upcoming
project at the addresses listed below for further

Founder's Address:
Prince Paschal N.Mebuge-Obaa II,
Chancellery Department
Museum Piece International (MPI)
No.179, Agbani Road Enugu
Enugu State,Nigeria
Mobile phone:234-80-36704875(executive assistant)

International director of MPI:

Douglas B. Chambers Ph.D
(a.k.a Chief OkwuluNri Oka'omee,lfeumunna of
UmuNri) Associate professor of History and Edi-
tor; The Southern Quarterly History Department,
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n R Obituaries

Sembene Ousmane (1923-2007)

Sembene Ousmane, the father of Senegal-
ese cinema and one of the pioneers of the art in Af-
rica, died at his home after a long illness. He was
84."It's a great loss for Senegal, for Africa and for
cinema," said Tidiane Niangan, the director of a
government-run cinematography institute.
A self-educated fisherman, Ousmane was
born in 1923 in the Casamance region of this former
French colony. During World War II, he was drafted
into the French army and later settled in Marseilles,
where he worked on the docks, joined the Commu-
nist Party and began writing novels.
He wrote more than half-a-dozen books,
many critically acclaimed, including "Voltaiques," a
volume of short stories published in 1962. It in-
cluded the short story "The black girl from ..." which
he turned into a film two years later and which is
credited with being sub-Saharan Africa's first feature
He went on to make at least 10 movies, in-
cluding his last film "Moolade," which won awards at
the Cannes and Ouagadougou festivals when it was
released in 2004. He was also a co-founder of the
biennial Pan-African festival of film and television of
Ouagadougou (FESPACO).
Much of his work focused on the effects of
colonialism and religion, as well as the rise of the
African middle class. Like his novels, his films tack-
led issues from female circumcision to the plight of
railroad workers. "He was equidistant from literature
and from cinema," said Niangan. "He was someone
who went to the very end of what he sought to do."
Ousmane was buried June 11, 2007 in a
Muslim ceremony at a graveyard in Dakar.


Diasporic Bodies and Visual Culture: Contempo-
rary African and African Diaspora Art Perspec-
Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies
Annual Graduate Symposium, Cornell University,
April 11-12, 2008
We cordially invite the submission of ab-
stracts for the 2008 Graduate Student Symposium
in the Department of the History of Art and Visual
Studies at Cornell University. This symposium will
investigate representations of race, gender and
sexuality in the work of contemporary artists in Af-
rica and the African Diaspora. In the last ten years,
a generation of artists has contributed to an intensi-
fying exploration of related questions. Such artists
include Berni Searle, Yinka Shonibare, Hank Willis
Thomas, and Wangechi Mutu. In particular, we
seek to highlight the involvement of these and other
artists in discourses challenging dominant narratives
about race, gender, and sexuality.
Keynote speaker to be announced.
We encourage submissions from a range of
disciplines, including Africana Studies, History of
Art, History, Visual Studies, Studio Art, Architecture,
Literature, Theatre, Film, and Dance. Presentations
may be formal twenty-minute papers, studio art ex-
hibitions, or performing arts presentations. Travel
grants will be awarded to select participants.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
* The construction of identities
* The interrelation between nation and gendered sex-
ual identities
* The cultural politics in the representation of gendered
sexual identities
* Unpacking stereotypical images
* Contemporary art practice as being subversive, aca-
demic, or polemical
* Effects of choice of media (especially new media) on
questions of gender and sexuality
* Queer Theory in the analysis of African art
* Feminisms in artists' practices
* Colonialism and colonial legacies
Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words
for all proposals. Submissions for studio art exhibi-
tions must also include a description of size and me-
dia, and an artist's statement of intent. Submissions
for performing arts presentations should also include
a description of the equipment that will be required
(props, music stands, etc.) and a brief summary of
the work's style and influence.
Submissions should be sent electronically to the
organizers, Elizabeth Giorgis and Amanda Gilvin
(ewg8@cornell.edu and akg28@cornell.edu ), and
must be received by January 31, 2008 in order to be
considered for this year's symposium.

About A A A

The Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) was established in 1982 as an
independent non-profit professional association affiliated with the African Studies Association
(ASA) in the United States. The organization exists to facilitate communication among schol-
ars, teachers, artists, museum specialists and all others interested in the arts of Africa and
the African Diaspora. Its goals are to promote greater understanding of African material and
expressive culture in all its many forms, and to encourage contact and collaboration with Afri-
can and Diaspora artists and scholars.

As an ASA-sponsored association, ACASA recommends panels for inclusion in the ASA an-
nual meeting program on such wide ranging topics as the interpretation of meanings in Afri-
can art, agency and performance, connoisseurship and aesthetics, the ethics of field collect-
ing and research, the illicit trade in antiquities, museum exhibition strategies, the use of archi-
val sources, as well as issues concerning various historical and contemporary artists and ar-
tistic traditions.

ACASA's annual business meeting is held during the ASA meeting each fall. ACASA is also
an affiliated society of the College Art Association, and meets on an ad hoc basis at its an-
nual conference.

ACASA hosts a Triennial Symposium featuring a rich program of panels and cultural activi-
ties, workshops for museum professionals. A Leadership Award for exemplary and intellec-
tual excellence and two Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication Awards in recognition of books
of original scholarship and excellence in visual presentation are bestowed at each sympo-

ACASA members receive three newsletters yearly featuring news about upcoming confer-
ences, exhibitions, research and opportunities for scholars. An annual directory is included in
the Spring-Summer issue. For more information, please contact:

Susan Cooksey
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2007 marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of ACASA. Our organization is going strong,
but we need a solid financial foundation to continue our mission of promoting the arts of Africa
and the African Diaspora into the next quarter century. Many of you have already made dona-
tions to ACASA in the past few months, for which we are extremely grateful. To those of you
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port, or just indicate that it is for whatever is most needed. Our funds include:

ACASA Endowment: allows ACASA to engage in special initiatives to strengthen the organi-
zation and support its goals.

Roy Sieber Scholarship and Dissertation Award Fund: sponsors travel grants for African
and Caribbean scholars and U.S.-based graduate students to attend the Triennial Symposium.
This fund also supports an award for the best Ph.D. Dissertation in the field of African and Afri-
can Diaspora Art.

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bean ($10 per yearly sponsorship).

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