Modern Art Histories In and Across Africa, South and Southeast Asia

Promising if they can find an effective way to take on this very ambitious undertaking. Otherwise it will be another victim of reduction and over-simplification. The histories of modern art have not even been written in various “member scenes” within Southeast Asia. I’m curious how they are going to take this on.

Question: Should we wait for the canon to be written in each of nations in the region before we connect the dots or should we be connecting the dots as we find out? Is this premature?

"Cornell Institute for Comparative Modernities (ICM), Dhaka Art Summit, and Asia Art Archive, with support from the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories Program, launch a new research project: Connecting Modern Art Histories in and across Africa, South and Southeast Asia. The project brings together a team of leading international faculty and emerging scholars to investigate parallel and intersecting developments in the cultural histories of modern South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Funding is available to bring 20 emerging scholars specializing on the modern art and architectural history of Africa, South, and Southeast Asia together for two in-person meetings and distance learning sessions: Hong Kong in August 2019 at the Asia Art Archive, and at Dhaka during DAS (Feb 7-15, 2020). The program is led by Dr. Iftikhar Dadi (Cornell University), with Dr. Elizabeth Giorgis (Addis Ababa University), Dr. Salah Hassan(Cornell University), Dr. Simon Soon (University of Malaya), Dr. Sanjukta Sunderason (University of Leiden), Dr. Ming Tiampo(Carleton University); Organizers Diana CampbellBetancourt (Dhaka Art Summit) Amara Antilla(Solomon R Guggenheim Museum) and the Asia Art Archive team led by John Tain (Head of Research AAA) with researchers Sneha Ragavan, Chuong-Dai Vo, and Michelle Wong. Additional contributing faculty will be announced closer to the Hong Kong and Dhaka sessions.Emerging scholars are encouraged to apply by February 28th, 2019. Preference will be given to applicants based in East Africa, North Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. For further information, including a downloadable PDF, please visit:"

Iftikhar Dadi

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