Art History and Diaspora:
Genealogies, Theories, Practices

Friday, April 25, 2008 - April 26, 2008

This Clark Conference, convened by Mora Beauchamp-Byrd, Natasha Becker and C. Ondine Chavoya, brought together artists, curators, and art historians to investigate the impact of the field of diaspora studies on art historical scholarship. How has diaspora—with its connotations of forced migration due to political expulsion, enslavement, shifting belief systems, war, and other forms of nationalist conflict—shaped both art-making and art historical scholarship in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries?

Participants included:
Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd, Southern University at New Orleans; Natasha Becker, Research and Academic Program; Lisa Bloom, University of California, San Diego;  John P. Bowles, Indiana University; Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Artist, US; C. Ondine Chavoya, Williams College;  Allan deSouza, San Francisco Art Institute; Pamela R. Franco, Tulane University; Barnor Hesse, Northwestern University; May Joseph, Pratt Institute; Kobena Mercer, Middlesex University, London, UK; Yong Soon Min, University of California, Irvine; Simon Njami, Independent Critic and Curator, France; Nikos Papastergiadis, University of Melbourne; Richard Powell, Duke University; Judy Ramgolam, Central University of Technology—Free State, South Africa; E. Carmen Ramos, Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton; Vesela Sretenovic, Bell Gallery, List Art Center, Brown University

In order of discussion

Art and Diaspora

Art as Cosmopolitan Dialogue
Nikos Papastergiadis

Localized Acts and Transnational America: Art, Exchange, and Diaspora
John P. Bowles

Tracing Diasporas

The Post-61 Generation: Notes on the Dominican Artistic Diaspora in the United States 
E. Carmen Ramos

Shock, Globalization, and Performance
May Joseph

Transnational Collisions

TransPOP: Korean Wave in the Korean Diaspora
Yong Soon Min

The Role of the Visual in Capturing/Questioning Contemporary History: Walid Raad and Beirut Project(s)
Vesela Sretenovic

Diasporic Intersections in Photography

When I am not Here/Estoy alla
Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons

Flyboy: Photography and Transition
Allan deSouza

Diasporas and their Histories

African Diaspora: A Vexing Issue in Art History
Pamela R. Franco

Diaspora Aesthetics: Some Dialogical Propositions
Kobena Mercer

Framing Diaspora

From Diaspora to Exile: Black Women Artists in 1960s Europe
Richard Powell

Discrepant Blackness: Diaspora in the Art of “Transrupting” Britishness
Barnor Hesse

Screening of Isaac Julien’s True North


Collaborations between Scholars of Visual Culture and Artists: Lisa
Gender on Ice (1993) and Isaac Julien’s True North (2006)
Lisa Bloom

Identity, place, and displacement: Visual Representations of Maggie van Schalkwyk and Avitha Sooful 
Judy Ramgolam

Diaspora and Memory

Broken Memories
Simon Njami


* Along side the conference, participants attended Artist's Talk: Julie Mehretu on City Sitings, moderated by Clark Fellow Chika Okeke-Agulu on Thursday at the Williams College Museum of Art.