Place: Imagined Places and (De)Territorialized Identities in Postcolonial Black Arts

Lorenzo Pace's Triumph of the Human Spirit

Instructor: Samba Camara of FIU

Samba Camara

Samba Camara is Adjunct Professor of African Art and Literatures and Wolof Language at Florida International University. He is a PhD candidate at Ohio University’s School of Interdisciplinary Arts and is completing a doctoral dissertation on postcolonial nationhood focusing on Islamic poetry, popular music, and the negotiation of a tolerant Muslim culture in Senegal. Mr. Camara holds an MA degree in International Studies from Ohio University. He is also a graduate of Dakar’s Cheikh Anta Diop University (Senegal) where he obtained his Licence (BA) and Maîtrise (MA) in English in 2018 and 2009 respectively, and his D.E.A (pre-doctoral degree) in American Studies in 2010. As a Wolof language instructor and former Fulbright scholar, he holds a Second Cycle English Teaching Certificate (CAEM) from Dakar’s FASTEF Teacher Training College (ex-École Normale Supérieure de Dakar). Mr. Camara’s areas of research and teaching interests include postcolonial arts and aesthetics, modernity studies and theory, Pan-African arts and literatures, Black popular culture, Muslim popular culture, transnational studies and theory, and global Islam.

Yinka Shonibare, Scramble for Africa, 2000.

Art History Lectures

Issues in Modern and Contemporary Art and World Culture

Class Schedule

Saturdays at 2pm • $5 per class.

Area professors and visual artists will conduct these classes.

Free for members, North Miami residents,
and city of North Miami employees

Art teachers may register with Miami Dade County Public Schools for professional development credits. Reading list provided for each lecture: Schedule of topics are listed below.


12/19 • The impact of Art Fairs and Art Market Speculation


1/16 Identity Issues: Feminist and Queer art
• Identity Issues: Protest Art: (Re)constructing Spaces of Resistance
• The Body: Baartman to Beyonce: Appealing/ Appalling Buttocks in Contemporary Popular Culture



2/13 • Place: Imagined Places and (De)Territorialized Identities in Postcolonial Black Arts
2/20 • Language: An artists’ perspective
2/27 • Spirituality: A Discussion of the Sacred Arts of Afro-Cuban, Lukumi Religion



3/5 • Identity Issues:  Nationality and Ethnicity
3/12 • Time: The past is more infinite than the future: collapsing the linear



4/2 • Handiwork, the place of craft in art today
• Street artists
4/16 • Place: Imagined Places and (De)Territorialized Identities in Postcolonial Black Arts


Call 305.893.6211 to register by phone.