Amanda M. Maples will present her paper "New Directions in the Arts of Africa: City-Life, Youth Masquerades and Decolonizing 'Tradition'" at the University of Rochester Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies. The invite-only symposium is entitled "New Directions in African and African-American Studies" and will take place in Rochester, April 19-21, 2017. The goal of the ongoing symposium series is to highlight groundbreaking work and broadly consider new directions that are currently shaping the fields of African and African-American Studies. This year’s symposium will focus on African and Diaspora expressive culture and, in particular, expressions of identity and self.
Image Caption: Amanda M. Maples with a "fairie" masquerader in Makeni, Sierra Leone. Photo Credit: Sheku "Goldenfinger" Fofanah, Artist, Freetown, Sierra Leone