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CLARK CONFERENCE

THE FETISH A(R)T WORK: AFRICAN OBJECTS IN THE MAKING OF EUROPEAN ART HISTORY 1500–1900

OCTOBER 19–20, 2023

Program

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2023

AUDITORIUM
MANTON RESEARCH CENTER
CLARK ART INSTITUTE

9:00 AM           WELCOME
Caroline Fowler, Research and Academic Program, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts

 

9:10 AM           INTRODUCTION
Anne Lafont, École des hautes études en sciences sociales [EHESS], Paris, France

 

9:40 AM           SESSION 1: FETISH / COUNTER-FETISH
“Irrecuperable Objects? De Brosses’ Fetishism at the Limits of Natural History and Aesthetics”
Daniel H. Leonard, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

“Faith and Fetish: Medieval Eternity and the Colonial Landscape”
Risham Majeed, Ithaca College, South Hill, New York

 

10:40 AM        COFFEE BREAK
MANTON READING ROOM


11:00 AM          SESSION 1 CONTINUED
“Africa Before Africa at the Court of Dresden”
Alexander Bevilacqua, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts

“Renaming the Fetish in the Eighteenth-Century African Atlantic”
Matthew Francis Rarey, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio

 

12:00 PM          DISCUSSION
Moderated by Emmelyn Butterfield-Rosen, The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, New York

 

1:00 PM            LUNCH BREAK

 

2:30 PM            SESSION 2: FETISHIZATION PRACTICES
“Africa in the World: Comparison and Art in the Long 19th Century”
Joshua I. Cohen, City College of New York and CUNY Graduate Center, New York City

Writing ‘On, Around, and About’ African Objects in the Age of Abolition: The Case of Victor Schœlchers Collection”
Alexandre Girard-Muscagorry, Musée de la Musique, Paris, France

“History and the Fetish: The Delcommune Nkisi”
Cécile Fromont, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

 

4:00 PM            DISCUSSION
Moderated by Erica Moiah James, University of Miami, Florida, and Clark/Oakley Fellow (2023–2024)

 

5:00 PM            PUBLIC RECEPTION
MANTON READING ROOM

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2023

AUDITORIUM
MANTON RESEARCH CENTER
CLARK ART INSTITUTE


9:30 AM           WELCOME
Caroline Fowler, Research and Academic Program, Clark Art Institute


9:35 AM           SESSION 3: FETISH IN THEORY
“Visible Objects and Invisible Selves”  
Simon Gikandi, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

“What Did the Faustians Miss?” 
Lionel Manga, writer and critic, Douala, Cameroon

“Sahelian Textiles: The Contrasted Writings of Paul Soleillet and Frantz de Zeltner”
Yaëlle Biro, independent scholar and curator, Paris, France

 

11:05  AM         DISCUSSION
Moderated by  Christophe Koné, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts

12:00 PM           LUNCH BREAK


1:15 PM             SESSION 4: BLACK ATLANTIC FETISHISM
“Behind the Scenes of Black Art in Brazil: Martiniano Eliseu do Bonfim from Captivity to Religion Between Salvador and Lago”
Roberto Conduru, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

“‘Idolatry, obeah, or any other fetish’: Discourses of Ritual Objects in Postemancipation Suriname”
Justin M. Brown, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

“Versatile Constellations of African Art: Fetishism and Totemism Framing the Knowledge of Object and Image”
Gabriele Genge, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany

 

2:45 PM             DISCUSSION
Moderated by Michelle Apotsos, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts

 

3:30 PM             COFFEE BREAK
MANTON READING ROOM

 

4:00 PM             CLOSING DISCUSSION
Moderated by Anne Lafont, EHESS, Paris

 

5:00 PM             PUBLIC RECEPTION
MANTON READING ROOM


For any questions, please contact [email protected].