Amanda Carlson, PhD
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Amanda Carlson, PhD

Assistant Professor

Hartford Art School 

Art School V233


PhD   Indiana University

Amanda Carlson received a PhD in Art History and African Studies from Indiana University (Bloomington) and has conducted research in many parts of Africa on topics such as contemporary art, photography, indigenous writing systems, masquerades, and women’s ritual performances. The majority of her on-going research (1990-present) has been in the Cross River region of Nigeria. Working with museums in numerous capacities, Amanda Carlson co-curated the exhibition “The Fields Edge: Africa, Diaspora, Lens” (Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa 2001), which explored the use of photographic technologies by contemporary artists. She has also designed an interactive video installation about an Ejagham skin-covered mask for the Cleveland Museum of Art, which is based on her original field work. Her essay “Nsibidi: Old and New Scripts” recently appeared in the Smithsonian catalogue Inscribing Meaning: Writing and Graphic Systems in African Art (National Museum for African Art, 2007). She recently published the article “Calabar Carnival: A Caribbean Tradition Returns to Africa” in the journal African Arts (2010). Numerous national foundations have funded her research and writing—American Association for University Women, National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, and Fulbright. Amanda Carlson is currently co-editing a collection of essays with Dr. Robin Poynor (University of Florida) entitled Africa in Florida (forthcoming). She contributes two essays to that volume: “African Attractions: Florida Tourism Gone Wild” and “Igbo Masquerades in the Sunshine State”.