Panel Discussion: Samuel Fosso and African Postcolonial History


Panel Discussion: Samuel Fosso and African Postcolonial History

Friday, January 27, 2023 @ 6:00 pm


Aaron Burr 219

The photographs of acclaimed Nigerian-Cameroonian artist Samuel Fosso present unique opportunities for discussion about issues related to the history and politics of postcolonial Africa. Moving beyond the scope of art history, these panelists will consider Fosso’s art through the lenses of their varied scholarly backgrounds in the fields of history, politics, and religion. Reception to follow. 


  • Afe Adogame, Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Religion and Society, Princeton Theological Seminary 

  • Lina Benabdallah, assistant professor, Politics and International Affairs, Wake Forest University 

  • Jacob Dlamini, associate professor, History, Princeton University

  • Yoon Jung Park, executive director, Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network; program director, Africa-China Initiative; and adjunct professor, African Studies, Georgetown University 

Moderated by Iheanyi Onwuegbucha, doctoral student, Art and Archeology, Princeton University.  

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Samuel Fosso: Affirmative Acts, on view at Art on Hulfish. Hosted by the Princeton African Graduate Students’ Association and cosponsored by the Program in African Studies, the Africa World Initiative, and the Princeton University Art Museum. 

Samuel Fosso: Affirmative Acts is curated by Princeton University Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu with Princeton students Silma Berrada, Class of 2022; Lawrence Chamunorwa, doctoral student; Maia Julis, Class of 2023; and Iheanyi Onwuegbucha, doctoral student. Organized by the Princeton University Art Museum in collaboration with The Walther Collection.

Art on Hulfish is made possible by the leadership support of Annette Merle-Smith and by Princeton University. Generous support is also provided by William S. Fisher, Class of 1979, and Sakurako Fisher; J. Bryan King, Class of 1993; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; John Diekman, Class of 1965, and Susan Diekman; Christopher E. Olofson, Class of 1992; Barbara and Gerald Essig; Rachelle Belfer Malkin, Class of 1986, and Anthony E. Malkin; the Curtis W. McGraw Foundation; Jim and Valerie McKinney; Tom Tuttle, Class of 1988, and Mila Tuttle; Nancy A. Nasher, Class of 1976, and David J. Haemisegger, Class of 1976; Gene Locks, Class of 1959, and Sueyun Locks; H. Vincent Poor, Graduate School Class of 1977; the Walther Family Foundation; and Palmer Square Management. Additional supporters include the Humanities Council, the Lewis Center for the Arts, the Africa World Initiative, the Program in African Studies, the Department of African American Studies, and the Center for Collaborative History.

A medium skinned man holding large sunflowers seated in front of a colorful backdrop.
Samuel Fosso, Tati—Le Chef qui a vendu l’Afrique aux colons, 1997. The Walther Collection, New York / Neu-Ulm. © Samuel Fosso. Courtesy the artist; Jean Marc Patras, Paris; and The Walther Collection