The Filmic and Photographic: African Visual Cultures

Sunday, 25 November, 2018 - 23:30



There is a rich and growing literature in African Studies that critically assesses both past and present generations of photography and film in Africa. This workshop will bring together a range of scholars working on these and other contemporary issues in the field of African visual cultures.

November 25-27 University of Michigan Ann Arbor 1010 Weiser Hall (unless noted) All events are free and open to the public, unless noted. For more details about each panel and speakers, please visit

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25 4:00-5:00 pm » Exhibit Tour “Beyond the Borders” For presenters only. Reception follows at 5:30 pm (University of Michigan Museum of Art) 7:00 pm » Film Screening “The Vibrancy of Silence” (Michigan Theater)

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26 9:00 am » Welcome Remarks Andries Coetzee, University of Michigan; and Pamila Gupta, University of the Witwatersrand 9:15-11:15 am » African Creators of New Styles, Looks, and Subjectivities in Photography and Film 11:30 am-12:15 pm » Exhibit on View “Seedtimes” by Omar Badsha, Artist and Photographer (5th Floor Gallery) 2:00-3:45 pm » African Images at the Core of Social/Political/Religious Entanglements, Synergy and Community Networks 4:00-5:15 pm » Vernacular Photography in Distinct African Locations: The Materiality and Mobility of Images 6:30-8:30 pm » Photography Workshop “Picturing Idi Amin: Planning For a New Exhibition at the National Museum of Uganda” (Room 555—optional session)

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27 9:30-11:30 am » Appropriation, Synthesis, Interpretation of the Filmic and the Photographic From Beyond Africa 1:45-6:00 pm » Archival Preservation, (Re)interpretation, Recuperation, Collection and Digitization The conference is part of the interdisciplinary research and teaching partnership between the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the collaboration titled, “Joining Theory and Empiricism in the Remaking of the African Humanities” aims to foster and strengthen innovative research in the humanities, and closely affiliated fields in the social sciences with the objective of building a transcontinental community of scholars who address ambitious theoretical questions that resonate with local, regional, and global experiences.