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Oct 1

In Process: A Symposium in Honor of Ray Silverman

Free and open to the public. No registration required.

We invite colleagues, students, and members of the community to join us in celebrating Ray Silverman’s retirement from his position as Professor of History of Art, African Studies, and Museum Studies with a two-day symposium at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  Inspired by Dr. Silverman’s seminal volume, Museums as Process: Translating Local and Global Knowledges (Routledge 2014), the symposium invites discussion about methodologies, challenges, and benefits of undertaking scholarship, museum work, and creative production through collaboration and community engagement.  We ask, what does it mean for the process of collaboration to be an end in itself, and how might this perspective shift values in the academy and beyond?

The program takes place in-person Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1, 2022 in UMMA's Helmut Stern Auditorium.


Kelly Askew, University of Michigan
Daniel Berhanemeskel, artist
Donald Buaku, City of Houston
Geoff Emberling, University of Michigan
Robert Glew, Michigan State University
Erica Lehrer, Concordia University, Montreal
Allison Martino, Indiana University
Prita Meier, New York University
Derek Peterson, University of Michigan
Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo, University of Michigan
Heran Sereke-Brhan, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities
Carla Sinopoli, University of New Mexico
Neal Sobania, Pacific Lutheran University

Detailed schedule:

Day 1: Friday, September 30, 2022

1 p.m. Welcome & Introduction

1:30-3 Session 1 – Ghana
Donald Buaku (City of Houston)
Robert Glew (Michigan State University)
Allison Martino (Indiana University)

Moderator: Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo (University of Michigan) 

3:30-5:30 Session 2 - East Africa
Heran Sereke-Brhan (DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities)
Daniel Berhanemeskel, artist
Neal Sobania (Pacific Lutheran University)
Prita Meier (New York University)

Moderator: Kelly Askew (University of Michigan) 

Museum galleries open until 8pm

Day 2: Saturday, October 1, 2022

9:45 a.m. Welcome
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Session 3 - Museum and Heritage Studies
Carla Sinopoli (University of New Mexico)
Derek Peterson (University of Michigan)
Erica Lehrer (Concordia University, Montreal)

Moderator: Kerstin Barndt (University of Michigan) 

1:30-3:00 p.m. Session 4 – U-M Collaborations
Geoff Emberling (University of Michigan)
Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo (University of Michigan)
Kelly Askew (University of Michigan)

Moderator: Henrike Florusbosch (University of Michigan) 

Museum galleries open until 8pm

Generous support for this program is provided by the University of Michigan African Studies Center, Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History, Museum Studies Program and the Departments of History of Art and Afroamerican and African Studies.