Freie Universität Berlin

Service Navigation

Lecture Series on African Art History Open to the Public

“Open Lecture Halls” Lecture Series begins April 22

№ 99/2008 from Apr 18, 2008

The program “Open Lecture Halls” of Freie Universität Berlin is presenting a lecture series on “Transcultural Perspectives of African Art/History.”  The first lecture will be held Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at 6:15 p.m. There is no charge for the lectures and no registration required. Most of the lectures will be held in English (see titles below).

At the very latest, after Documenta 11 in 2002 was curated by Okwui Enwezor from Nigeria, the broad public became aware that African art is a substantial, innovative, and extremely multi- faceted part of contemporary art. This fact had remained obscure for a long time because the establishment of art history as a university discipline and the establishment of the art museum as an institution occurred during the period of colonialization. This led to the exclusion of African art. The lecture series is devoted to the various positions of contemporary African art and will re-examine rigid categories of what is "African."

Dates and Themes:

  • April 22
    Prof. Mag. Christian Kravagna (Vienna): Travelling Africa: Das Motiv der Reise in der afrikanischen Moderne
  • April 29
    Prof. Dr. Sylvester Ogbechie (Santa Barbara): The Historical Life of Objects: Ethnography, African Arts and the Challenge of Contemporaneity
  • May 6
    Julien Enoka-Ayemba (Berlin): „Nollywood“, die Videofilmfabrik aus Nigeria: Zwischen Autonomie, Empowerment und Kritik
  • May 13
    Prof. Dr. Robert Farris Thompson (New Haven): Stacatto Incandescence: The Shared Aesthetic Organizing Principles of Afro-Atlantic Music, Dance & Art
  • May 20
    Prof. Yacouba Konaté (Abidjan): Dakar Biennale: Stakes and Controversies
  • May 27
    Prof. Dr. Joseph Adandé (Cotonou): Experiencing Art: The African Way
  • June 3
    Carl Einstein und Sigmar Polke; Prof. Dr. Viktoria Schmidt-Linsenhoff (Trier): „Negerkunst“ in Deutschland. Hannah Höch
  • June 10
    PD Dr. Gabriele Genge (Düsseldorf/Munich): Bild und Artefakt in der afrikanischen Konzeptkunst
  • June 17
    Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Harney (Toronto): Stories of Avantgardism and Contemporary Practice
  • June 24
    Dr. Chika Okeke-Agulu (University Park): The Art Society and the Making of Postcolonial Modernism in Nigeria
  • July 1
    Prof. Dr. Salah M. Hassan (Ithaca): African Modernism: Global Modernities and the Logic of Inseparability
  • July 8
    Prof. Dr. Lydia Haustein (Göttingen/Berlin): Von „Africa Shox“ zu „Windowlicker“ und die Stereotypisierung afrikanischer Kulturen
  • July 15
    Hans Ulrich Obrist (London): A Protest against Forgetting

Further Information

Time and Place:

  • Tuesdays, 6.15 to 8:00 p.m.; Begin: April 22, 2008
  • Art History Institute of Freie Universität Berlin, Koserstraße 20, Lecture Halll B, 14195 Berlin; subway station: Podbielskiallee (U3)

This lecture series was planned by the Art History Institute of Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with the Chair for Postcolonial Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

African Films at Arsenal Kino :

In collaboration with Arsenal Kino, three evenings are being devoted to showing African films: May 21 at 7:00 p.m.; June 18 at 9:00 p.m.; and July 16 at 9:00 p.m.


Additional information regarding this series may be obtained from:

Prof. Dr. Gregor Stemmrich
Telephone: +49 (0)30 / 838-56811

Dr. Karin Gludovatz
Telephone: +49 (0)30 / 838-53814

Information regarding the other open lectures:

Brigitte Werner
Coordinator of "Open Lecture Halls"
Telephone: +49 (0)30 / 838-73535