Mapping Senufo: Rethinking the Scholarly Monograph

Mapping Senufo: Rethinking the Scholarly Monograph


October 1, 2019

5:30 PM-6:30 PM


225 South St
Williamstown, MA 01267

Clark Fellow Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi presents, “Mapping Senufo: Rethinking the Scholarly Monograph in the Era of Digital Publication.”

What might research and the publication of results look like if scholars producing them integrated decades of theories about the construction of identities and the politics of knowledge production into their work on arts of Africa once considered “traditional”? Mapping Senufo—an in-progress, collaborative, born-digital publication project that Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi initiated and now co-directs with Constantine Petridis—offers a model for joining such theories with research and publication practice. It will exemplify in its form the contingent nature of identities, art style labeling, and knowledge production.

Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi is an associate professor of art history at Emory University. Her scholarship draws on extensive fieldwork in West Africa as well as archival research and object-focused study in Africa, Europe, and North America. Her first book, Senufo Unbound: Dynamics of Art and Identity in West Africa (2014), accompanied a major international exhibition on West African arts labeled as Senufo. At the Clark, Gagliardi will work on Mapping Senufo, a collaborative digital publication project designed to highlight contingent perspectives and partial meanings that shape the term Senufo and corpus of art it names.