Paper title: Altars in Motion: Embodied Visualities in Togolese Sacred Arts
Elyan Jeanine Hill is an Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Art History at Southern Methodist University. She earned her Ph. D. in World Arts and Cultures/Dance from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). As an interdisciplinary scholar of African arts, her research interests include festival arts, religious materiality, Black feminisms, and embodied renderings of the domestic and transatlantic slave trades in Ghana, Togo, Benin, Liberia, and their diasporas. She has received fellowships and grants from UCLA’s International Institute, the Fowler Museum, the West African Research Association (WARA), the Africana Research Center at Penn State, The Arts Council for the African Studies Association (ACASA), and The Wolf Humanities Center at the University of Pennsylvania. With written work featured in Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies and in the edited volume Embodying Black Religions in Africa and Its Diasporas published by Duke University Press, she also maintains a curatorial practice that embraces experimental ethnography and Black feminist ethics.