Africana Studies


Contact Us

For more information about Africana Studies at Bard College or questions about this site:

Drew Thompson
Director of Africana Studies
Tel: 845-758-6822 x4600
Office: Hopson 303
Bard College
PO Box 5000
New York 12504-5000

Upcoming Events

  • Mar
    Working Papers: On Historical Method and Innovation
    Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    Location: Finberg Library
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  • Mar
    In the Time of Color: David Goldblatt’s Intersections
    Leslie Wilson
    Time: 4:45 pm
    Location: Olin, Room 102
    more >

Past Events



Tuesday, March 6, 2018
In the Time of Color: David Goldblatt’s Intersections
Leslie Wilson
Olin, Room 102  4:45 pm
This talk explores David Goldblatt’s shift to color photography for his Intersections series, begun in 1999. I argue that Goldblatt’s use of color throws into sharp relief a wider set of transformations in what had become technologically, rhetorically, politically, and artistically possible in postapartheid South Africa. More than offering an easy metaphor about South Africa’s transition from a nation structured by the opposition of white and nonwhite peoples to the polychrome promise of the “Rainbow Nation,” I contend that the use of color photography is emblematic of a shift away from certain kinds of self-censorship and toward an expanded range of formal possibilities that could newly be understood to possess a critical edge and represent socially engaged subject matter. 
Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; Global and International Studies Program
Contact: Drew Thompson  845-758-6822
  Friday, March 2, 2018
Working Papers: On Historical Method and Innovation
Finberg Library  1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Ebony Coletu
Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies, Penn State
“Chief Sam and the Undocumented Origins of African American Migration to Ghana Carina Ray
Associate Professor of African and Afro-American Studies, Brandeis University
“Africa as a Refuge” Abosede George
Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies, Barnard College
“Death of a Building: Unearthing the Politics of Modernity and Migration Histories in Architectural Conservation Projects in Lagos”
Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; American Studies Program; Division of Social Studies; Historical Studies Program; Human Rights Program
Contact: Tabetha Ewing  845-758-6822