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Grant: Cambridge/Africa Collaborative Research Programme 2012-13

Cambridge/Africa Collaborative Research Programme 2012-13

The Centre of African Studies invites applications for the Collaborative
Research Programme around the theme of Art and Museums in Africa from
candidates in all the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
Applications from scholars working in NGOs, research institutes, academia,
libraries, and museums are all welcome.  Applicants from non-English
speaking African countries are also encouraged, provided candidates can
demonstrate a competent grasp of English.  The appointments will take place
from 1 October 2012 ˆ 31 March 2013 and are non-renewable.  Fellows will
be affiliated to a Cambridge college.  Each award is worth up to £10,000;
out of which travel, accommodation, maintenance costs and medical insurance
will be paid by the Centre on behalf of the fellow.

The closing date for applications is 1 October 2011

Art and Museums in Africa

African art has long been globally famous but has also been controversial
both intellectually and politically.  Most obviously, the scramble for
African art engaged in by western museums and art collectors has been
condemned as an appropriation, as has the borrowing of forms and motifs
derived from African arts by European modernist artists.  Within
disciplines such as art history and anthropology, there has been much
argument about appropriate methods and concepts for the study of African
art traditions.  In the epoch of decolonization efforts were made to
establish new museums in African states, relevant to local aspirations and
new national cultures.  Over the same period efforts have been made to
revive customary art practices, and to create new craft industries,
sometimes in the context of post-conflict and AIDS-prevention community
projects.  Over the last 50 years modernist and contemporary arts have also
emerged and have gained increasing international recognition, while
typically lacking secure financial or institutional support within African

This theme aims to support a wide range of interests in historical and
contemporary arts in Africa and in changing practices in local and national
museums and art institutions.

The University follows an equal opportunities policy.

An application package may be downloaded from our website:

www.african.cam.ac.uk <http://www.african.cam.ac.uk/>  or contact the Centre by emailing:

This programme is generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust and the
Isaac Newton Trust

CFP: Cambridge Heritage Seminar-Memorials and Commemorations

12th Cambridge Heritage Seminar
15-16 April 2011
The Heritage of Memorials and Commemorations

The process of memorializing and commemorating people and events has come under scrutiny in recent years. Controversies have been sparked by memorials. Some commemorative events have become stage settings for occasionally violent confrontations between different memorial narratives, and the relationship between history and memory is being put through a ‘stress test’ of sorts. Though memorial processes have a long history, this new scrutiny has given rise to important questions about their social function, the intentionality behind commemorative gestures and their impact: Do memorials help us forget? Are they reconciliatory? Who do commemorative events exclude? What purpose to they serve? Do they help us not repeat the mistakes of the past? Why do people use memorials? Who uses them? How and when are ‘forgotten’ memorials reinvigorated by communities? With these questions new terms are also emerging: ‘spontaneous shrines’ (Santino 1992), ‘memorial mania’ (Doss 2008), ‘grassroots memorials’ (Sánchez-Carretero and Margy 2010).

This 12th edition of the Cambridge Heritage Seminar seeks to bring together researchers and practitioners from a wide array of disciplines and communities of practice to explore what and how we choose to commemorate and the impact that this has on our own memories and identities, and thus on heritage.

How to take part: There are three ways of taking part in this seminar: presenting a paper, providing a poster, being a participating audience member.

Paper proposals should clearly outline the questions that will be addressed and the empirical evidence or case study that will be drawn on. The proposals should not exceed 500 words and should be accompanied by a short (150 word) biographical note about the author.

Posters proposals should illustrate one particular instance of commemoration or make a concrete theoretical point.

Paper and poster proposals should be sent to Liz Cohen at esc35[at]cam.ac.uk no later than 15 February 2011. Papers will be selected by 1 March.

To register to participate in the event as an audience member please write to Dominic Walker at dw374[at]cam.ac.uk by 1st April 2011 – numbers will be limited so please register as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Heritage Research Group
Department of Archaeology
Cambridge University
Downing Street, Cambridge, UK.
Email: esc35 at cam.ac.uk