Africa and Its Diasporas in the Market Place: Cultural Resources and the Global Economy

The Arts Council of The African Studies Association Fifteenth Triennial Symposium on African Art at University of California, Los Angeles MARCH 23 – 26, 2011

“ACASA, the Arts Council of the African Studies Association, promotes greater understanding of African material and expressive culture in all its many forms, and encourages contact and collaboration with African and Diaspora artists and scholars.

The ACASA Triennial Symposium on African Art is a distinguished series of conferences on African Art held every third year. The Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA), founded in 1983, took over the planning and running of this event, familiarly known as the Triennial, in 1986.

The core theme of the 2011 ACASA symposium examines the current status of Africa’s cultural resources and the influence—for good or ill—of market forces both inside and outside the continent. As nation states decline in influence and power, and corporations, private patrons and foundations increasingly determine the kinds of cultural production that will be supported, how is African art being reinterpreted and by whom? Are artists and scholars able to successfully articulate their own intellectual and cultural values in this climate? Is there anything we can do to address the situation?”

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