Academic Program

African Arts & Literatures Today aims to address the underexamining of African cultural production by providing lectures, readings and discussions by academics and artists active in the field of African culture and literature.

The Un/Gendered Collections lecture and workshop series invites key opinion makers, activists and cultural theorists to reflect on societal norms of gender and sexuality within our ethnographic collection.

Materiality plays an important role in shaping our understanding of the world around us.  Global Earth Matters: Mining, Materiality and the Museum is a series of seminars that seek to re-center scholarly interest in the materiality of objects, opening onto broader questions of labor and making, skills and craftsmanship, on issues surrounding the (exploitative) economies from which these objects emerge.

The Adriaan Gerbrands lecture is an annual public lecture by a laureate chosen for his or her contribution to the broad international field of the study of visual and material culture.