20 May 202209:00 - 18:15The Long Room, Gonville and Caius College, CB2 1TA/Online

Description

A colloquium convened by the CIRN Intesa Sanpaolo Fellow 2021-22, Dr Vera-Simone Schulz. Free registration has now opened. This is a hybrid event with the option to attend in person or online. Please select your tickets accordingly, via Eventbrite or the registration link on this page.

Providing a platform for dialogue at the crossroads between academia and the arts, the symposium will focus on transcultural entanglements, notions of connectivity and resistance, and issues of proximity and distance between the Apennine peninsula, the Horn of Africa, North Africa and West Central Africa with case studies from the early middle ages until today. Invited speakers from various disciplines and contemporary artists will interrogate the materiality of past and present encounters between the Black Mediterranean and the Black Atlantic, and shed new light on narratives and counter-narratives, histories, and layers, providing new ways of discursive, horizontal ways of knowledge production. Engaging with multiple temporalities, the symposium will highlight complex intersections between the precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial period, and make an important contribution to the overcoming of traditional disciplinary and sub-disciplinary divides such as those between European, African and Islamic art histories and related fields. Investigating cultural production and complexifying stories of connectivity and resistance on empirical-historical, artistic and methodological levels, the symposium aims at sounding out the challenges and potentials of new approaches from decolonial perspectives, placing more emphasis on the Majority World, and connecting academic and artistic research across countries and continents.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Sammy Baloji (DRC/Belgium)
  • Flaminia Bartolini (SPC/CNR & British School at Rome)
  • Lucrezia Cippitelli (Accademia di Brera)
  • Deborah Dainese (University of East Anglia)
  • Gertrude Aba M Eyifa-Dzidzienyo (University of Ghana)
  • Alessandra Ferrini (University of the Arts London)
  • Caroline Goodson (University of Cambridge)
  • Samantha Kelly (Rutgers University)
  • Angelica Pesarini (University of Toronto)
  • Georges Senga (DRC/Netherlands)
  • Justin Randolph Thompson (The Recovery Plan)

Please email any enquiries to fellowships@crassh.cam.ac.uk.

Programme

9.00-9.30

Welcome and introduction
Vera-Simone Schulz (KHI Florence/University of Cambridge)

9.30-10.45

‘Negotiating the (in)visibility of colonial violence
Alessandra Ferrini (University of the Arts London)

‘Renegotiating the past at the ex colonial museum in Rome’
Flaminia Bartolini (ISPC/CNR & British School at Rome)

Chair: Vera-Simone Schulz (KHI Florence/University of Cambridge)

10.45-11.15

Break

11.15-13.00

‘The complexities in restitution of Ghanaian cultural material’
Gertrude Aba M Eyifa-Dzidzienyo (University of Ghana)

‘Unpacking indigenous identities: a case study from the ‘Africa Section’ of the 1950 World Exhibition of Sacred Art held at the Vatican’
Deborah Dainese (University of East Anglia)

“How Does a Little Pagan Hunter Become a Catholic Priest”
Georges Senga (DRC / Netherlands)

Chair: Bronwen Everill (University of Cambridge)

13.00-14.00

Lunch

14.00-15.15

‘K(C)ongo: fragments of interlaced dialogues’
Sammy Baloji (DRC /Belgium)

‘Subversive classifications’
Lucrezia Cippitelli (Accademia di Brera)

Chair: Melissa Calaresu (University of Cambridge)

15.15-15.45

Break

15.45-17.00

‘Slavery in early medieval north Africa and Italy’
Caroline Goodson (University of Cambridge)

‘Ethiopian Orthodox in 16th-century Europe: promulgating knowledge, contesting critics’
Samantha Kelly (Rutgers University)

Chair: Mary Laven (University of Cambridge)

17.00-17.30

Break

17.30-18.15

‘Preparing the recovery plan: archival resistance and corrective measures’
Justin Randolph Thompson (The Recovery Plan)

‘The Black Mediterranean: resistance and counter memories
Angelica Pesarini (University of Toronto)

Chair: Robert Gordon (University of Cambridge)

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