STREAM: African Art History

STREAM: African Art History

This stream aims to discuss the nature of African art history in the contemporary moment.
Considering the global dissemination of art history since its entrenchment as a West
European discipline in the 19th century this stream asks panelists to engage in a discussion
of the field as it is manifest on the African continent and as it frames African art. Panels
would discuss the writing of art history, the manner in which the discipline is taught on the
continent and abroad, the display of African art in Africa and the manner in which
contemporary art engages with African content.

The stream would invite panels on any of those topics or others including:

  • Writing African art history;
  • Teaching African art;
  • Displaying African art in
    African museums;
  • African art and contemporary global exhibitions

Confirmed panels

African Art and the Politics of Display

  • The Significance Of Yoruba Iconography In Ivory In The African Diaspora, Silva-Santos, Vanicleia, (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil and Zuberi, Tukufu, (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States)
  • Re-Framing the World Museum Liverpool African Art Collection, Kingdon, Zachary, (Liverpool, United Kingdom)
  • Kente: not just cloth, Vorotilova, Yulia, (Yaroslavl Demidov State University, Yaroslavl, Russia)

African Art Histories I

  • Transition in South African Art through the lens of Christian Iconography, von Veh, Karen, Elaine, (University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • Chivanhu kumabwidi: towards a religious history of stone sculpting at tengenenge art centre, Maheve, Neil, (Neil B Maheve, mvurwi, Zimbabwe)
  • From Rock Churches to Realism: Histories of African Art in the Second World, Cowcher, Kate

African Art Histories II

  • Façades And Faces – A Gendered Analysis Of Scarifications And Wall Motifs In Sirigu, Ghana, Ayine, Akolgo, (Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana)
  • Whose art history? Resisting the historical canon in Sethembile Msezane’s anti-monuments, van der Merwe, Leana, , (University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria, South Africa)
  • Into the ocean: Water, memory and identity in the work of three South African woman artists, Bronner, Irene, Ensle, (Postdoctoral fellow at South African Research Chair in SA Art & Visual Culture, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg., Johannesburg, South Africa)

If you have any queries or suggestions please contact Danielle Becker (main contact)
( and Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz  ( For panel and paper submissions please follow the instructions on the website 

Featured image: Mary Sibande, The Reign (2010)

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