September 14–16, 2020, 9–11 am
Connections between African and Asian spaces have defined cultural identities and expressions across centuries. This symposium considered the dynamic locations, unique objects, and remarkable individuals whose stories evidence a radical realignment of historic power structures and axes of travel, growth, and exchange. Papers ranged from antiquity to the present with an emphasis on art and material culture.
The symposium was co-organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art and National Museum of Asian Art, the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.