H-Net network on the expressive cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora.



Welcome to H-AfrArts, Expressive Cultures of Africa. H-AfrArts is composed of two parts, a discussion list and a web site cosponsored by Humanities and Social Sciences OnLine (H-Net) and the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA). Its content focuses on the expressive cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora.

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H-Net Job Guide Weekly Report For H-AfrArts: 7 April - 14 April

The following jobs were posted to the H-Net Job Guide from  7 April
2014 to 14 April 2014. These job postings are included here based on
the categories selected by the list editors for H-AfrArts. See the
H-Net Job Guide website at http://www.h-net.org/jobs/ for more



Arkansas State University - Tenure track Assistant Professor, History

CFP: Postmodernism and African Art ASAUK Biennial Conference, 9-11 Sep 2014 (Deadline 25 April)

A call for papers, from all scholars in any part of the world, to the panel, "Postmodernism and African Art", in the ASAUK Biennial Conference taking place at the University of Sussex, UK, 9-11 September, 2014. Convenors of this panel are Chidi Ugwu & C. Krydz Ikwuemesi of the University of Nigeria.

In African art, the search for eclecticism may take a dangerous turn as it often approximates self-denial and a glorification of the other. Certain questions arise in this light:

In what ways has the postmodernist attitude affected discourse on African art?

How can African art borrow from elsewhere without really losing its originality?

Where does the modern end in Africa and where does the postmodern begin?

CFP: 3rd International (Non)Western Fashion Conference (deadline 1st June)

The third edition of the (Non) Western Fashion Conference is focussing on the politics of fashion from a global perspective. Despite so-called fashion globalization, the epicentre of fashion is still very much concentrated in Europe. But what do we really know about the global politics of fashion? How does fashion intersect with global politico-economic processes? What are the global power relations embodied in fashion? How do the meanings of fashionable and traditional dress relate to that hegemony? How should agency and orientalism be understood? What are the mechanisms that ensure that the centre of fashion is retained in Europe? How can alternatives be identified and how are they co-opted? What are the politics of fashion appropriation and exclusion?

Photo: Aouagbe Behanzin, king of Dahomey, now Benin, in exile in Martinique. Circa 1900s, Collection of Jean-Philippe Dedieu.

Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po Paris, Jean-Philippe Dedieu, will be showing his private collection of photographs from the colonial era in an exhibition called 'Paths of Dignity: Visual Representations of Colonial Africa'.

Call for Papers: Edited Collection on Black Women's Internationalism


Call for Papers: Edited Collection on Black Women’s Internationalism

Editors: Tiffany M. Gill and Keisha N. Blain