Saturday, April 6, 2024

Announcement: The International Jury of the 60th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia

 La Biennale di Venezia

60th International Art Exhibition

Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere

The International Jury

of the Biennale Arte 2024 /

Julia Bryan-Wilson president

Venice, April 4th, 2024 – 

The International Jury of the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia is made up of Julia Bryan-Wilson (president), American curator and professor at Columbia University; Alia Swastika, Indonesian curator and writer; Chika Okeke-Agulu, Nigerian curator and art critic; Elena Crippa, Italian curator; María Inés Rodríguez, French-Colombian curator.

The appointment of the Jury has been deliberated by the Board of Directors of La Biennale di Venezia upon recommendation by Adriano Pedrosa, the Curator of the 60th Exhibition titled Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere, that will be held in Venice (Giardini and Arsenale) from April 20th to November 24th, 2024. 

Julia Bryan-Wilsonpresident – is Professor of Contemporary Art and LGBTQ+ Studies at Columbia University. Her curatorial credits include Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen (with Andrea Andersson) and Louise Nevelson: Persistence. She is the author of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era; Fray: Art and Textile Politics (winner of the ASAP Book Prize, the Frank Jewett Mather Award, and the Robert Motherwell Book Award); and Louise Nevelson’s Sculpture: Drag, Color, Join, Face. Bryan-Wilson was a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow.

Alia Swastika is a curator and researcher/writer that expands her practices in the last 10 years on the issue and perspectives of decoloniality and feminism, where she involved with different projects of decentralization of art, rewriting art history and encouraging local activism. She works as the Director of Biennale Jogja Foundation in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She continues her researches on Indonesian female artists during Indonesia’s New Order and how the politics of gender from the regime influenced the practices of artists from that period. She is now part of curatorial team of Sharjah Biennale 16 in 2025.

Chika Okeke-Agulu is Director of the Program in African Studies, Director of Africa World Initiative, and Robert Schirmer Professor of Art & Archaeology and African American Studies, Princeton University. Okeke-Agulu is Slade Professor of Fine Art, University of Oxford (2023), and a Fellow of The British Academy. He is editor of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art and author of El Anatsui. The Reinvention of Sculpture (2022). He is on the advisory board of the Hyundai Tate Research Centre, Tate Modern.

Elena Crippa is an Italian curator based in London. Since 2023, she has been Head of Exhibitions at London’s Whitechapel Gallery. She was previously Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Tate Britain, where her exhibitions explored transnational and transcultural intersections and engaged with art from a global perspective. Her shows at Tate included All Too Human (2018), Frank Bowling (2019) Paula Rego (2021) and the 2022 commission Hew Locke: The Procession.

María Inés Rodríguez is a Colombian French curator, currently Director of the Walter Leblanc Foundation in Brussels and Artistic Director of Tropical Papers. With a profound commitment to fostering a dialogue between artistic production and historical, political, and social contexts on both local and global levels, she has consistently championed the interconnectedness of art and its broader cultural implications. She was the Director of the CAPC Musée d'art Contemporain, Bordeaux, Curator at Large at MASP, São Paulo; Chief Curator at the MUAC in Mexico City, as well as at the MUSAC in Spain and guest curator at the Jeu de Paume in Paris.

The International Jury will award the following official prizes:

  • Golden Lion for best National Participation
  • Golden Lion for best participant in the International Exhibition Stranieri Ovunque –Foreigners Everywhere
  • Silver Lion for a promising young participant in the International Exhibition Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere

The Jury may also award:

  • a maximum of one special mention to National Participations
  • a maximum of two special mentions to the participants in the International Exhibition Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere

The Awards Ceremony will take place in Venice on Saturday, April 20th 2024.

Official website of the Biennale Arte 2024:

Official hashtags: #BiennaleArte2024 #StranieriOvunque #ForeignersEverywhere

IMAGES of the Biennale Arte 2024 may be downloaded at the following link:

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Monday, March 11, 2024

Two-Year Funded International Fellowship in UK Institutions

The International Fellowships Programme provides support for outstanding early career researchers to make a first step towards developing an independent research career through gaining experience across international borders. Each award is expected to involve a specific and protected research focus with the award holder undertaking high quality, original research.

This scheme is jointly run by the British Academy and the Royal Society.


The overarching aim of the International Fellowships Programme is to attract and retain emerging talent in the UK and build a globally connected, mobile research and innovation workforce. The objectives are to:

  • Attract talented international early career researchers to establish and conduct their research in the UK;
  • Support early career researchers to pursue high-quality and innovative lines of research;
  • Provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new skills and knowledge through training and career development;
  • Foster long-term relationships through networking opportunities and the International Fellowships alumni programme.

Eligibility Requirements

The applicant must:

  • Have a PhD, or applicants in the final stages of their PhD will be accepted provided that the PhD will be completed (including viva) before the start date of the Fellowship. Confirmation of award of the PhD will be required before any Fellowship award is confirmed.
  • Applicants should have no more than seven years of active full time postdoctoral experience at the time of application (discounting career breaks, but including teaching experience and/or time spent in industry).

  • Be working outside the UK.
  • Not hold UK citizenship.
  • Be competent in oral and written English.
  • Have a clearly defined and mutually-beneficial research proposal agreed with a UK host researcher.

Applicants should ensure that they meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes.

Duration and Value of Award

The International Fellowships offer support for two years and the award is offered at 80% FEC. Applicants may apply for research expenses of up to £12,000 and relocation costs of up to £8,000. Applicants will need to justify the level of research expenses and relocation costs requested in their application.

Applicants may also be eligible to receive Alumni funding following the tenure of their Fellowship to support networking activities with UK-based or international researchers.

To Apply: Click HERE

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Postdocs in African Studies @Princeton


The Program in African Studies (PAS) at Princeton University invites applications for Postdoctoral Research Associate or more senior research positions for the 2024-2025 academic year.  Up to two appointments will be made to exceptional recent PhDs in the humanities, social sciences, interdisciplinary environmental science or engineering, with a focus on African thought, art, media, activism, conservation, economics, urban and rural communities, post-colonialism, and other research related to the African continent and its diaspora.  Appointments at the Postdoctoral Research Associate rank will be for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year based on performance and availability of funding.  The appointments will be made through the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). Applicants must demonstrate outstanding scholarly achievement and excellence in teaching.  These positions are open only to scholars who earned a PhD after September 30, 2018 and who do not currently hold a tenure-track or permanent academic position. 

Responsibilities include teaching (one semester-long course per year) and active collaboration in research, discussions, and scholarly events within PAS and PIIRS.  In addition, the successful candidate may have the opportunity to advise students in their area of expertise or related areas.  When teaching, the successful candidate will carry a secondary teaching rank.  Any teaching role is contingent on sufficient course enrollment and prior approval from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty. 

In addition to salary and benefits, the program will provide a research fund in the amount of $3,000 per year and office space.  Position anticipated start date is 9/1/2024.  
Applicants must apply online at  The following application items are required and should be uploaded by the applicant: 

* Cover letter
* Curriculum vitae
* Dissertation abstract
* Writing sample: one chapter of the dissertation or one published article related to the dissertation topic
* Research proposal
* Two course proposals
* Details of prior courses taught and evaluation results if available
* Document confirming your completion of all requirements for the PhD degree
* Names and email addresses for three references.  References will be contacted only for those who advance to the short list of candidates.

For fullest consideration applicants should apply by February 1, 2024 11:59 (EST.  Due to the anticipated volume of applications, only final candidates will be contacted.  Further information about The Program in African Studies can be found at: 

Questions about the application process for this position may be directed to Fiona Romaine, 

This position is subject to the University's background check policy.  The work location for this position is in-person on campus at Princeton University.
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Requisition No: D-24-PII-00006

Saturday, August 26, 2023

On the Theft of British Museum Artefacts: My interview on CGTN today, Aug. 26, 2023

 In the wake of the massive theft of artifacts by staff of the British Museum, I was on CGTN live TV today for a chat on the implications for the restitution movement of this unfolding scandal that has seen the resignation of the BM Director Hartwig Fischer, and arrest of at least one staff member. 

Here's the live interview on YouTube:

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Chinua Achebe Symposium and Memorial Celebration, @Princeton, Sept. 29-30

Princeton University’s Africa World Initiative and Program in African Studies are hosting the Chinua Achebe Symposium and 10th Anniversary Memorial celebration on September 29th and 30th.

The symposium on September 29, with an international cast of senior and emerging scholars, marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Achebe’s blistering political treatise The Trouble with Nigeria. Three panels will examine new directions in Achebe studies, the politics of canonicity, and African literatures in the age of historical reckonings, while a roundtable discussion focuses on leadership and statecraft in Nigeria and Africa.

Conference Participants:

Portia Owusu – Texas A&M University

Jeanne-Marie Jackson – Johns Hopkins University

Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang – University of Ghana

Sarah Duff – Colby College

Chielozona Eze – Carleton College

Simon Gikandi – Princeton University

Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi – NC State University

Ranka Primorac – University of Southampton

Meg Arenberg – The Africa Institute, Sharjah

Terri Ochiagha – University of Edinburgh

Simukai Chigudu – University of Oxford

Ainehi Edoro – University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mukoma wa Ngugi – Cornell University

Maik Nwosu – University of Denver-Colorado

Hannah Essien – Princeton University

Chris Abani – Northwestern University

Obi Nwakanma – University of Central Florida

Anthonia Kalu – University of California-Riverside

Wale Lawal – Editor, The Republic, Lagos

Adeleke Adeeko – The Ohio University

* Symposium Advisory Committee: Christopher Okonkwo (Florida State University, Chair), Ato Quayson (Stanford University), Terri Ochiagha (University of Edinburgh), Grace Musila (University of the Witwatersrand)

The memorial celebration on September 30th will be graced by His Royal Majesty, Igwe Alex Onyido, the Monarch of Ogidi Kingdom in Nigeria, and will feature tributes by Toyin Falola, Simon Gikandi, Richard Joseph, Anthonia Kalu, Sonia Sanchez, and Obiora Udechukwu; readings by Patrice Nganang and Chika Unigwe, as well as a presentation by Dorobucci Dance Company, a solo mbira performance by Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa, and the Eme & Heteru Afro-roots Band.

Both events are open to the public. Registration information will follow soon.

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Call for Applications: The Kwame Nkrumah Chair in African Studies, University of Ghana

The University of Ghana, Legon, is pleased to invite applications for the position of Occupant of the Kwame Nkrumah Chair in African Studies, to begin 1st August 2024.

The Kwame Nkrumah Chair in African Studies was established at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, in honour of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Pan-African luminary and Ghana’s first president, for his contributions to the intellectual life of the African World, and for his projection of Africa on the world stage.

We invite applications from suitably qualified candidates in any discipline relevant to the study and understanding of Africa. The successful Applicant will be a scholar or public figure who has a strong understanding of African/Africana/pan-African Studies. The applicant should have a strong research and publishing record and should have attained distinction in his or her discipline. He or she may also be a public intellectual or artist well-versed in the indigenous knowledge and cultures of Africa.


Applicants should be committed to pursuing their own research agendas, collaborating and sharing their expertise with other researchers, and developing interdisciplinary exchanges.

Additionally, applicants should be ready to demonstrate strong community engagement and linkages in their research agenda and other activities during the period.

Specifically, the Chair will be expected to:

· Deliver public lectures, including an inaugural lecture, which the University will publish;

· Conduct research and/or create and establish a social or cultural project;

· Establish an active community linkage that strengthens the intellectual and cultural relevance of Pan-Africanism.

· Produce a publishable manuscript on the research emanating from the tenure, where appropriate;

· Prepare a report detailing the results achieved at the end of the tenure period;

· Assist the University to mobilize resources to grow the endowment for the Kwame Nkrumah Chair in African Studies;

· Lead in the organization of the Biennial Kwame Nkrumah Intellectual and Cultural Festival Conference.


Appointments will typically be for one academic year (August 1 – July 31) but with the possibility of extension for a second year.

Salary will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant but will typically be at the level of Professor (disclosure upon shortlisting). The Chair will also be provided with:

· Return ticket or equivalent from his/her location to Accra.

· Airport pick up.

· Office accommodation.

· A Research Assistant and/or other support staff.

· Accommodation and medical insurance.

· A research grant

An applicant is required to submit the complete application dossier to the Registrar, University of Ghana, P. O. Box LG 25, Legon, Accra, Ghana (Hardcopy) or (Soft Copy).

The application pack should contain the following:

Completed application form for Senior Level Administrative Positions (UAB Form 1C) to be downloaded from the University’s website at

a cover letter expressing interest,

a curriculum vitae,

a proposal for the programme of work to be carried out during the period of the tenure (maximum five pages).

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and they may be invited for a face-to-face interview.

Closing date: 30 September 2023


For further information contact: visit website

Tel: +233 (0)302-213820/213850 extension 2153/2051



17th July 2023

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Research Associate in African Language Technologies

The Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) and the African Humanities Colloquium at Princeton University invite applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate, or more senior researcher, in African Language Technologies.  

We seek an innovative, multidisciplinary scholar to join the Princeton community and contribute to data-driven and computational humanities initiatives on campus. The scholar will spend 50% of their time on their own digital humanities research project. During the other 50% of their time, they will participate in a new multidisciplinary initiative to create data and tools for machine learning for African languages. Candidates with a background in linguistics, natural language processing, and/or computational humanities, and competence in at least one African language, are encouraged to apply. Scholars will be embedded in the CDH and will have the chance to participate in Center initiatives and activities - such as colloquia, discussion groups, and events - that align with their skills and interests.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate may have the option to teach one or two courses per year during their appointment, subject to sufficient enrollments and with the approval of the Dean of the Faculty. If teaching, they will carry the additional title of Lecturer, and their project-related responsibilities will be reduced accordingly.

A successful candidate must show expertise in their disciplinary field, have a broad knowledge of the methods, tools, and trends in digital humanities, and demonstrate a nuanced understanding of how the emergence of new technologies intersects with humanistic inquiry. Promising candidates must show commitment to teaching, and must have skill and interest in supporting students and colleagues in computational or data-intensive humanities work. They must have the ability to work collaboratively, and have excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills. 

The term is anticipated to start on or about July 2023. Appointments are for one year with the possibility of renewal pending satisfactory performance and continued funding. This appointment will be processed through the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS).

Candidates should have or expect to have a Ph.D. by the start date. Untenured scholars with fewer than four years of postdoctoral experience are eligible to apply.

Please contact with any questions about this position.

Applicants must apply online at 

Applications submitted by May 7, 2023 will receive priority. All applications should include: (1) a cover letter; (2) the title and summary (200 words) of your proposed independent digital humanities research project; (3) a curriculum vitae; (4) a sample syllabus for an undergraduate data-driven or computational humanities course in your field; and (5) three letters of reference. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Requisition No: D-23-LIB-00010