University Seminar in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

Founded by Douglas Fraser in 1970, this seminar addresses major issues in the fields of African, Oceanic, Native American, and pre-Hispanic Latin American arts. The seminar provides an opportunity for members to analyze, evaluate, and discuss new and continuing research, as well as various trends in scholarship. Because the membership is comprised of art historians, curators, archeologists, anthropologist, and other field specialists, seminar meetings frequently involve indepth discussions of theoretical and methodological issues.

Graduate students in the art history and archaeology of Africa, Oceania, or the Americas, who are interested in serving as this seminar's Rapporteur, an hourly position funded by the University Seminars office, should email a statement of interest to Prof. Strother and Prof. Trever by February 15, for consideration for the following academic year.

2020 – 2021

October 15, 2020:
Mary Weismantel
Northwestern University
“Playing with Things: Engaging the Moche Sex Pots"

November 5, 2020:
Yaëlle Biro
Metropolitan Museum of Art
“On Oscillation of Value: The Unsettled Market for African Art in the 1920s"

February 4, 2021:
Lawrence Waldron
Queens College, City University of New York
"The Island Deified: Regarding the Symbolism of Caribbean Three-Pointer Stones”

April 1, 2021:
Ingrid Ahlgren
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University
"Covering and Revealing: The Social Lives of Marshall Islands and Mat Collections"
Zoom, 6:30 pm EST

2019 – 2020

2018 – 2019

2017 – 2018

2016 – 2017

2015 – 2016

2014 – 2015

Fall 2013

Spring 2013

2011 – 2012