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Adérónké Adésolá Adésànyà

Dr. Adérónké Adésolá Adésànyà, art historian (African art) trained at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Nigeria; and the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where she received her Bachelors, Masters, and doctorate degrees. She also received a diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. Adésànyà is a laureate of CODESRIA Gender Institute, Dakar, Senegal. She connects African art with peace and conflict studies, gender studies, migration and African diaspora studies. Adésànyà co-edited Migrations and Creative Expressions in Africa and the African Diasporas in 2008 and Art Parody and Politics in 2013; co-authored Etches of Fresh Waters, also in 2008; and authored Carving Woods, Making History in 2012, a monograph that places a family of Yoruba artists in art-historical context and establishes their link with eighteenth, nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century Yoruba artists as well as engages the changing structures of Yoruba artistic production and circulation. Adesanya is currently working on a book length project, Transcending Boundaries: Artists of Africa and the New African Diaspora. Adésànyà has published several essays in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. She serves on the board of peer-reviewed journals as well as on the board of the series on African Histories and Modernities by Palgrave-Macmillan. She is the Coordinator of Africana Studies at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, and also serves as board member of the African Studies Association (ASA).

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