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African Ivories

Marfins Africanos

In the Atlantic World, 1400-1900

No Mundo Atlântico, 1400-1900

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Published on Thursday, May 31, 2018 by Anastasia Giardinelli

Summary

Since April 2015, the international team working on the project “African Ivories in the Atlantic World: a reassessment of Luso-African ivories” (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia: PTDC/EPH-PAT/1810/2014), composed of 27 researchers from the University of Lisbon, the University of Évora and the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, has been researching the trade, circulation and production of raw and carved African ivory in the Atlantic area from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century. The team has identified and listed objects from Portuguese and Brazilian (Minas Gerais) collections, also collecting references and descriptions extant in written Portuguese sources. For the first time a selection of ivory pieces was subjected to lab tests with a view to helping establish their age and origin. The project research team has submitted proposals for re-interpreting material culture in the framework of its African contexts of production. 

Announcement

Presentation

Since April 2015, the international team working on the project “African Ivories in the Atlantic World: a reassessment of Luso-African ivories” (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia: PTDC/EPH-PAT/1810/2014), composed of 27 researchers from the University of Lisbon, the University of Évora and the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, has been researching the trade, circulation and production of raw and carved African ivory in the Atlantic area from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century. The team has identified and listed objects from Portuguese and Brazilian (Minas Gerais) collections, also collecting references and descriptions extant in written Portuguese sources. For the first time a selection of ivory pieces was subjected to lab tests with a view to helping establish their age and origin. The project research team has submitted proposals for re-interpreting material culture in the framework of its African contexts of production.  The project team, signaling the end of a three-year research period, is organizing the conference “African Ivories in the Atlantic World, 1400-1900”, and calls for the submission of papers. We welcome articles on the following topics:

  • History of the African elephant’s environment, hunting and ecology
  • Laboratory methods for testing and preserving African elephant ivories
  • Production of ivory objects in Africa and the Americas
  • Elephants and ivory: religious significance and power discourse
  • Elephant ivory in the history of African art
  • African elephant ivories and the history of technical arts
  • Ivory and ethnomusicology
  • Circulation and trade of raw and carved ivory in Atlantic settings
  • Collections and daily uses of African ivories in Europe and the Atlantic World

Submission Guidelines

Abstracts with a maximum 250 words on the proposed papers shall be sent in English and in one of the other working languages, Portuguese or French, no later than 21 September 2018, filling out the online form, available on the page http://www.centrodehistoria-flul.com/marfinsafricanosiii.html, together with 4 key-words and a short biography (maximum 100 words). Authors will be informed of their paper’s acceptance until the 12 October 2018. Working languages at the Conference: English, Portuguese and French.For more information and further queries, please check the webpage http://www.centrodehistoria-flul.com/marfinsafricanosiii.html or contact: africanivories2019@gmail.com

Scientific Commission

  • António Candeias​ (Laboratório HERCULES, U.É)
  • Carlos Almeida (CH-ULisboa)
  • Cécile Fromont (University of Chicago)
  • Eduardo França Paiva (UFMG)
  • Frederick John Lamp (Yale Univ. Art Gallery, retired as Curator of African Art)
  • José da Silva Horta (CH-ULisboa)
  • Luís Frederico Dias Antunes (CH-ULisboa)
  • Luís U. Afonso (ARTIS-IHA)
  • Manuela Cantinho (CH-ULisboa/Sociedade de Geografia de Lisboa)
  • Maria Manuel Torrão (CH-ULisboa)
  • Mariza Carvalho Soares (UFF)
  • Peter Mark (CH-ULisboa, Wesleyan University)
  • René Lommez Gomes (UFMG)
  • Vanicléia Silva Santos (UFMG)
  • Vítor Serrão (ARTIS-IHA)
  • William Hart (University of Ulster, retired Professor)
  • Yaci-Ara Froner (UFMG)

Organization

  • Carlos Almeida (CH-ULisboa)
  • José da Silva Horta (CH-ULisboa)
  • Maria Manuel Torrão (CH-ULisboa)
  • Vanicléia Silva Santos (UFMG)
  • Mafalda Cordeiro (CH-ULisboa)
  • Tiago Rodrigues (ARTIS, CH-ULisboa)
  • Elisabeta Belbasz (FLUL)

Places

  • Alameda da Universidade
    Lisbon, Portugal (1600-214)

Date(s)

  • Friday, September 21, 2018

Keywords

  • Africa, Ivories, History of Art, Environment

Contact(s)

  • José Horta
    courriel : africanivories2019 [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • José Horta
    courriel : africanivories2019 [at] gmail [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« African Ivories », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, May 31, 2018, https://calenda.org/442891

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