School of the Arts Co-Hosts Successful Multi-disciplinary Colloquium

Posted on November 09, 2020

The virtual colloquium, Angels, Ancestors, Alchemy and the Arts in Africa: Multi-disciplinary socio-cultural representations/traditions of African spirituality ('seen' and 'unseen'), was held between 29 - 31 October 2020. The colloquium was jointly hosted by the Department of Humanities Education and the School of the Arts.


Approximately 30 speakers from six countries – including Ethiopia, Kenya and the DRC – represented a range of disciplines. Their papers discussed African religious life from different perspectives and considered how European colonisers and missionaries defined and misrepresented beliefs. These presentations developed a rich understanding of these ‘unseen’ beliefs by assessing icons, signs, religious or spiritual symbols that form part of a people’s oral traditions and their visual representations of the imagined world.


Researchers from Visual Studies, the School of the Arts and the new MA programme in Tangible Heritage Conservation took part in the colloquium, and it proved to be a huge success.

- Author Lize Kriel, Chair: Visual Arts & Deputy Head: School of the Arts

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