will meet for the entire class at 108 Minor Hall.
Matthew Engelke will lecture on religion in Africa, with a
particular focus on Islam and Christianity in West Africa.
Benjamin C. Ray will discuss traditional religious practices
in relation to the present-day cultural landscape of West
Africa, using images from the Cape Coast Archive and his own
collection. He will also introduce us to his on-line archive,
Art: Aesthetics and Meaning.
be prepared to discuss assigned readings below.
closely for discussion:
Engelke: Anthony Appiah, In My Father's House: Africa
in the Philosophy of Culture (Oxford University Press,
1992), Ch. 6, Old Gods, New Worlds: 107-137
Ray: Judith Perani and Fred T. Smith, The Visual Arts
of Africa: Gender, Power, and Life Cycle Rituals (Prentice
Hall), "The Fante" and "New Directions
in Akan Art," 123-125.
Ray: Monica Blackmun Visona, et al., A History of
Art in Africa, "Age-Grade Arts of the Lagoons People,"
"Arts of Fante Military Companies," "Lives
Well Lived," 220-226.
Gifford, African Christianity: Its Public Role (Indiana
University Press, 1998), Ch. 3, Ghana: 57-111.
and Life in Africa" CD-ROM -- available on reserve at Clemons
and the Fine Arts libraries [Call number: N72 .S6 A74]
African Arts -- journal available at Fine Arts library -- NX
Grove Dictionary of Art
Museum of African Art
Smithsonian Institution -- African Voices
Ben Ray's African Art and the Virtual Museum
Ben Ray's The Art of the African Mask http://cti.itc.virginia.edu/%7Ebcr/African_Mask.html