Mapping Senufo

Mapping as a Method to Transcend Colonial Assumptions

Authored by: Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi

The Routledge Companion to Digital Humanities and Art History

Print publication date:  May  2020
Online publication date:  April  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138585584
eBook ISBN: 9780429505188
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429505188-13

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Abstract

What might research and the publication of results look like if scholars producing them integrated decades of theories about the construction of cultural or ethnic groups and the politics of knowledge production into their work on arts of Africa once considered “traditional”? Mapping Senufo—an in-progress, collaborative, born-digital publication project that I initiated and now co-direct with Constantine Petridis—offers a model for joining such theories with research practice. 1 It also contributes to my larger effort to forge a range of alternate possibilities for how scholars study “traditional” or “classical” arts of Africa and present their findings with attention to specificity.

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