Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara

Dr Carol Ann Dixon's review of the 'Sahel' exhibition (The Met, NYC, 2020). The content focuses primarily on the forms and expressions of material culture that emerged in the western Sahel, spanning key transitional periods from the dawn of ancient Ghana in the 4th century through to the fall of the Segu Empire in 1861.

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CFP: “Museums as Spaces for Anti-Racism” – SIEF International Congress: Breaking the Rules? Power, Participation, Transgression (Online), 21-24 June 2021

CALL FOR PAPERS: The SIEF2021 International Congress "Breaking the Rules? Power, Participation, Transgression," takes place online, 21-24 June 2021. The deadline for submitting paper proposals for the panel “Museums as Spaces for Anti-Racism" – co-convened by Dr Carol Ann Dixon (University of Sheffield, UK) and Dr Anna Rastas (Tampere University, Finland) – is 26 November 2020.

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IMD2020: Museums for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

ICOM's theme for International Museum Day (18 May 2020) is "Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion." Dr Gus Casely-Hayford (Director, V&A East in London, UK) was one of several globally influential leaders within the museum sector invited to contribute a Think Piece to mark IMD2020, which is available to read in full via the following... Continue Reading →

African Diaspora Arts and Scholar-Activism at the 6th Biennial Network Conference on Black Cultures and Identities in Europe (University of Tampere, Finland, July 2017)

On 6th July 2017 more than 200 delegates from 20 countries gathered in the city of Tampere, Finland, to participate in the 6th Biennial 'Afroeuropeans' Network Conference on Black Cultures and Identities in Europe – convened and hosted by the Academy of Finland Research Fellow Dr Anna Rastas (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tampere),... Continue Reading →

Curatorial traditions and experimental innovations at the Brooklyn Museum, New York

My recent visit to view the expansive art collections at Brooklyn Museum, located in the Prospect Park area of New York City, provided an interesting  opportunity to peruse and critique a series of complex and engaging artistic and curatorial juxtapositions. On every level of this five storey building the vast collections of exhibits and their interpretation narratives were assembled to... Continue Reading →

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