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Call for papers - Positioning Nigerian Modernism - EXTENDED DEADLINE

Posted on Wednesday, 10th May 2017

Tate Modern invites proposals for 15-minute presentations from academics, research students, curators, artists and other professionals in relevant fields that aim to consider afresh the origins and socio-political underpinnings of modernism in Nigeria and West Africa more broadly and the legacy of its key proponents.

For Tate Modern’s conference Positioning Nigerian Modernism: On the occasion of Ben Enwonwu’s Centenary (1917-1994) happening 28-29 September 2017, we invite proposals for 15-minute presentations from academics, research students, curators, artists and other professionals in relevant fields that aim to consider afresh the origins and socio-political underpinnings of modernism in Nigeria and West Africa more broadly and the legacy of its key proponents. We particularly welcome papers that propose or present theoretical and practical approaches to evaluating, documenting and presenting this aspect of art history, both in Africa and beyond. Contributors based in Africa are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

Central to the examinations will be the practice and writings of Ben Enwonwu (1917-1994), who is recognised as one of the pioneers of the modern period in Nigeria, a resolute defender of the value of African culture internationally and a vociferous supporter of Negritude.

Proposed themes include:
- Arts education in Africa during the colonial period and its legacy
- Art and the decolonisation process
- Post-colonial modernism and artistic movements after independence
- Cultural imperialism and negritude
- Artistic antecedents and the legacy of Ben Enwonwu
- The role of family archives in preserving African art history
- Institutionalising memory and reevaluating art history

Selected papers will be considered for publication in Tate’s peer reviewed journal, Tate Papers.

Please submit abstracts of up to 300 words and a 100 word biography by Friday 26 May 2017 to Aubree Penney (aubree.penney@tate.org.uk) with ‘Positioning Nigerian Modernism’ in the subject line.