The symposium will focus on the artistic and cultural legacy of Bakongo in Africa and their impact in North America, the Caribbean and Brazil. Panelists will include scholars working in the disciplines of art history, history, anthropology, archaeology, sociology, religion and linguistics, and contemporary artists whose work is inspired by Kongo art, beliefs and practices will participate in a roundtable. Participating scholars will cover a broad range of topics, addressing the contexts of visual and performative arts of the ancient Kongo Kingdom, later permutations of Kongo systems, trans-Atlantic cultural exchanges and creolization, and the continuation of Kongo influence in contemporary artistic practice.
More on Gwendolen M. Carter is available here. The contemporary map above, Tabvla geograregni Congo (1598), is included in the Kongo Across the Waters exhibit from the George A. Smathers Libraries and is available online in the UF Digital Collections.