Colloquium Feb 2: "Spirited Things: African Gods in the Western Museum"

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 12:30pm
3rd Floor Atrium Gilmore Hall
112 South Capitol Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

Speaker:  Dr. J. Lorand Matory, Duke University

Description:  Since the Enlightenment, Europeans have flattered themselves by disparaging the African goddesses and gods as “fetishes.” This talk explores the idea that, especially in the context of the museum, Westerners also fetishize material things, and that Europeans and Africans simply endorse different forms of social relationships in the awesomely beautiful things they venerate.  

Dr. Matory will also be speaking February 1st @ 7:30pm.  Information can be found on our website: