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