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Global Trajectories of Thought and Memory: Art and the Global South

This research group explores and complicates the diverse forms that art takes in the Global South. We are interested in investigating forms of representation and theorization, and in studying non-canonical and under-represented artistic practices, texts, theoretical perspectives and exhibitions.

Description of the research group 

This research group explores and complicates the diverse forms that art takes in the Global South. By “Global South” we refer to geographical regions that span across South and Central America, Africa and Asia and their dialogue with Europe. We are interested in investigating forms of representation and theorization, and in studying non-canonical and under-represented artistic practices, texts, theoretical perspectives and exhibitions. This research group brings together scholars and practitioners whose work critically considers the less-represented geographical regions of the Global South and its affiliated genealogies of thought. It provides open platforms to discuss and analyze topics relating to Global South art, art histories, visual culture and those interested in this field, from various disciplines, such as: cultural studies, material culture, performative and postcolonial studies, more broadly understood. It moreover promotes professional development by supporting and encouraging research with a Global South focus, and facilitates academic, professional and social communication by organizing activities that bring together those interested in this field. 

Envisaged results  

Lectures/talks, workshops, conferences, reading groups, funding applications and joint publications. 

Societal relevance  

Our focal point and methodologies promote critical thinking based on finding complexity, exploring different viewpoints, making comparisons and drawing connections across diversity and disciplines. In terms of societal relevance and value, our research helps cultivate conversations. In an era of globalization and mass migration, we develop a research ethos that is based on dialogue, respects inter-cultural exchanges, and embraces difference and plurality. Efforts at connecting decolonizing/decentering art histories, related disciplines and institutions cannot but help to engage directly in socio-political debates and – however often indirectly – be part of an effort to appreciate diversity, complexity and responsibility in and for democratic societies. 

Research Group Type: Network & Reading group 
Duration: 2021-2025 

Group Coordinator(s)

Prof. dr. C.M.K.E. (Christa-Maria) Lerm-Hayes

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Kunstgeschiedenis

Dr E.M. (Elize) Mazadiego

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Kunstgeschiedenis

E.M. (Eve) Kalyva

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Kunstgeschiedenis

Members of the research group  

Dr. Chiara De Cesari, UvA 
Prof. Jeroen de Kloet, UvA 
Noortje de Leij, UvA 
Matisse Huiskens, UvA 
Zoénie Liwen Deng, UvA 
Lauren Meijer, UvA 
Jori Snels, UvA 
Stacey Vorster, UvA 
Christopher William-Wynn, Harvard University 
Dr. Fabiola Martinez, Saint Luis University, Madrid 
Dr. Ksenia Robbe, University Of Groningen, the Netherlands 
Dr. Sanjukta Sunderason, Leiden University, the Netherlands 
Hannah Vollam, Van Abbemuseum 
Thomas Berghuis, Independent  
Roel Hijink, Independent