The Arts of Pre-Colonial Africa

Frank Davis Memorial Lectures 2019

Photograph of a woman sitting with a gold bowl in front of her

The 2019 Frank Davis Memorial Series invited four distinguished speakers to share new research in African art before the continent-wide colonialisation of the nineteenth century. Looking at the African material on its own terms rather than in light of Europe while also allowing us to understand the intercontinental and wider networks: the ways in which its various kingdoms centred themselves and connected with cultural worlds beyond. These lectures vary in scope and in their methodological approaches and provide an opportunity for reevaluations of the history of African arts.

Events in this series