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What do we really know about African art in European museums?

Dr Zoe Cormack, University of Oxford

What do we really know about African art in European museums?

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Wander through our beautiful building to view 15 exhibits consisting of text panels, interactive elements and audio-visual displays created by the academics we fund. Meet our researchers, find out more about their projects and take part in hands-on activities.

Zoe Cormack’s exhibit explores the arts and heritage of South Sudan

Rediscovering the arts and heritage of South Sudan in Italian Museums

In the nineteenth century, Europeans began to travel to the territory of what is now South Sudan. They returned with over twenty thousand objects, which were deposited in museums across Europe and almost forgotten. Zoe Cormack’s research focuses on the items brought back by Italian traders and explorers. In collaboration with South Sudanese partners, she has retraced the routes of these objects and rediscovered thousands of treasures from South Sudan in Italian museums.

Zoe Cormack is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the African Studies Centre at the University of Oxford

Research Award: Postdoctoral Research Associate at The British Institute in Eastern Africa; Rome Fellow at the British School at Rome

Showcase opening times: Friday 22-Saturday 23 June,11am - 5pm

Late-night view: Friday 22nd June, 6.30-9pm  

How the arts are vital to social projects and self-care in South Sudan

Read about the heritage and social projects of the Maale Foundation in South Sudan.

Floor Plan:

You'll find this exhibit at Point 3 in the Lee Library on the Ground Floor. Download our programme to plan your visit.

Exhibit 3

British School at RomeBritish Institute in Eastern Africa