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African Arts on the Web: Exploring the stakes for online African museums and collections

Arts africains sur le web. Enjeux des musées et collections d’Afrique sur internet

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Published on Monday, December 22, 2014


La multiplication de sites web de musées et d’expositions constitue un fait majeur du paysage muséal contemporain, contribuant à l’élargissement de son périmètre et de son offre, esthétique, didactique ou touristique. Il existe dorénavant des musées virtuels sans collections propres, des collections réelles à empreinte numérique ou encore des sites de vente en ligne imitant des musées. Par le choix des œuvres, les rapports images / textes, les mises en scène virtuelles instituent de nouveaux modes de réception et de consommation des arts d’Afrique en Occident dont les effets comme les acteurs ont peu été étudiés.



  • Galitzine-Loumpet Alexandra / FMSH
  • Celis Abigail / University of Michigan


The number of websites that serve as museums or as exhibitions is multiplying. This growth has been changing the aesthetic, pedagogical, and touristic scope and offerings of the current museological landscape. One can now find virtual museums without existing collections, or collections that exist as digital imprints, or even commercial websites that imitate a museum style. These digital mises-en-scenes open new modes of reception and consumption of African art in the West, through the selections of artwork and the relationships between text/image. However, the effects and the agents of these online museum spaces have been little studied.This online presence also concerns the websites of African museums or presented as African. The digital format helps these museum reach a larger audience, but since the websites are usually developed and hosted in Europe, they reactivate national and local stories through images preserved outside of the national territory. In addition, substituting real collections with dematerialized ones reinvents the existing paradigm of tradition/modernity, a move that once again refashions objects via normative, previously established frameworks, masking their internal tensions and rifts.

In both cases, the web is an unavoidable arena for interrogating the stakes and the tensions inherent in representing African arts and collections. This panel seeks to contribute to this analysis through a interdisciplinary approach to the “museum as sign”.

Guidelines submission

Convenor’s deadline : January, 4, 2015

Each panel consists of one session of 1h30 minutes, including a maximum of 5 presentations.

A panellist may only give one presentation. S/he may, however, also convene or participate in a plenary session, panel, or roundtable.

Panel organizers are responsible for the assessment of presentation proposals.

Deadline for submission to the ECAS team of the list of presentations accepted by panel organisers: January 9, 2015.

Please carefully read the instructions below

To search for a panel:

First, browse through the selected panels list on the ECAS website (‘Panels’ section):
In the ‘Panels’ section, you can:

View all panels
Find panels by convenor(s)
Find panels by discipline

To view details on any given panel, click on the panel title.

Submit your proposal

The blue “Propose a paper” button will allow you to send a presentation proposal directly to the panel organizer(s), via an online form.

On this form, please fill out the following required fields:

- Your name, first name, email and institutional affiliation;
- The title of your presentation (in English);
- An abstract of your presentation in English, French or Portuguese (maximum 1500 characters).

Once your form is completed, click “Send your paper proposal”.

Response to your proposal

The panel organizer will inform you by email of the acceptance or rejection of your proposal.

If your proposal is accepted:

The organizer of the panel will forward the title and abstract of your presentation to the ECAS 2015 steering committee for confirmation.

In order to confirm your participation to the conference, you must pay your registration fee on the website’s payment platform.

Fees provided

  • Early registration : 180 EUR (220 EUR, after March 31, 2015)
  • PhD/Master students – early registration : 90 EUR (110 EUR, after March 31, 2015)

These fees, as well as travel and accommodation expenses, will not be covered by the organizers of the panel


  • Paris, France (75)


  • Sunday, January 04, 2015

Attached files


  • web, musée, virtuel, collection, numérique


  • Abigail CELIS
    courriel : celisaea [at] umich [dot] edu

Information source

  • Abigail CELIS
    courriel : celisaea [at] umich [dot] edu


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« African Arts on the Web: Exploring the stakes for online African museums and collections », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Monday, December 22, 2014, https://doi.org/10.58079/rp2

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