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January 2022

Peace, Power, and Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa

January 28 @ 8:00 am - April 3 @ 5:00 pm

The exhibition Peace, Power & Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa at the Ackland Museum of Art explores the roles of metal objects in sustaining, unifying, and enhancing life in African communities while demonstrating the aesthetic and expressive power of metal arts. For millennia, African metalsmiths have drawn upon the inherent power and beauty of metal to create dazzling and enduring objects, including body adornment and currency items, for proclaiming wealth and social status; staffs, scepters, weaponry, and other regalia as…

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February 2022

Virtual “Peace, Power & Prestige” Curator Conversation

February 11 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Free virtual conversation about the Ackland Museum of Art Exhibition: Peace, Power & Prestige, with exhibition curator Dr. Susan Cooksey (Curator Emerita of African Art, Harn Museum of Art) and Dr. Victoria Rovine (Professor of African Art History, Department of Art and Art History, UNC-Chapel Hill). Learn about highlights of this exhibition, which explores the roles of metal objects in sustaining, unifying, and enhancing life in African communities while demonstrating the aesthetic and expressive power of metal arts. The exhibition…

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Radical Healing and Decoloniality: Museums in Transition

February 24 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This talk by Amanda Maples, Curator of African Art at the NC Museum of Art, is part of ASC’s Decolonizing African Studies Series. With the advent of global protests urgently calling for social justice and the end of systemic racism, museums have been called upon to reflect on their own institutional histories and grapple with the role they have played in perpetuating stereotypes and inequities—both in gallery and collections representation, and within their administration. A critical aspect of this relatively…

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March 2022

SERSAS Spring 2022 Conference

March 25 @ 9:00 am - March 26 @ 5:00 pm

Beyond Borders: Securing African Futures CFP: South East Regional Seminar in African Studies (SERSAS) & Southeast Africanist Network (SEAN) Annual Joint Meeting New Dates: March 25-16, 2022 at the University of Florida CFP Deadline now Feb. 15, 2022 Co-sponsored by the African Studies Center, UNC-Chapel Hill and the Center for African Studies, University of Florida All too frequently security is thought of in its most enforcement–oriented forms, e.g. the policing of borders, crime prevention activities, anti-poaching operations, etc. The spring…

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April 2022

Africa Across the Disciplines: New Research at Carolina Graduate Student Symposium

April 28 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The African Studies Center brings together Africanist students, faculty, and staff from across the university, and it reaches out to the wider public to share research and information about Africa. This year, the Center is starting a new tradition, activating our representation of the whole University by bringing together graduate students who study Africa from an array of disciplinary perspectives, whether as Africanist specialists or as non-Africanists whose research includes attention to Africa. The Center solicits proposals from graduate and…

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