The Arts of Pre-colonial Africa
The 2019 Frank Davis Memorial Series invites 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.
The Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series was established in 1989 by the F M Kirby Foundation, in honour of Frank Davis, a critic for Country Life Magazine.
Fri 25 Oct, 2019 Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series
Please join us for the first Frank Davis Memorial Lecture of the year. In 1730, the Inquisition of Lisbon arrested José Francisco, an enslaved man raised in West Africa, who had learned in Brazil the…
Tue 29 Oct, 2019 Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series
Please join us for our second Frank Davis Memorial Lecture of 2019. This paper explores the importance of new technologies in the art historical study of Medieval West Africa and how related methodologies both help…
Tue 12 Nov, 2019 Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series
The Arts of Pre-Colonial Africa Please join us for the third Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series of the year. Africa south of the Sahara has received little attention from scholars studying global exchange networks before…
Tue 19 Nov, 2019 Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series
Please join us for our fourth Frank Davis Memorial Lecture of 2019. The contradictory logics of colonialism can be understood to have been anxiety-producing in relation to bodily sovereignty, most especially for African women. However,…