Carol Magee specializes in African contemporary art with an emphasis on photography. Her current project Being in Place examines urban photography that investigates emotional, physical, psychological, or philosophical experiences of place, grounded in the historical specificity of distinct urban environments. She has curated a traveling exhibition “Urban Cadence: Street scenes of Lagos and Johannesburg” that explores theses notions for TECAA; it will be available beginning in June 2016. Her first book, Africa in the American Imagination: Popular Culture, Racialized Identities and African Visual Culture (University Press of Mississippi, 2011) analyzed how popularly circulated objects significantly shape knowledge about Africa and the implications of that knowledge for Americans and Africans alike. Her interest in the structures of knowledge production also undergirds a collection of essays co-edited with Joanna Grabski (Dennison University). African art, Interviews, Narratives: Bodies of Knowledge at Work (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013) considers
how interviews, interlocutors, and art historical narratives engage and entangle in the processes of scholarly production. After receiving her PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara, she held a Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellowship at Elon University. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Anthem Studies in Popular Culture and African Arts.
“Lagos is Everywhere: Digital Sound Art and Ever-Expanding Possibilities” with Emeka Ogboh Critical Interventions 8, no. 3, (2014), 342-347.
“There is a There There” Photography & Culture (March 2014), 41-62.
“Urban landscapes and photography’s cadence, belonging and stillness” in Elizabeth Wolde Giorgis, ed. Addis Ababa: the Enigma of the ‘New’ and the ‘Modern’ (Addis Ababa: Museum of Modern Art and Addis Ababa University, 2013), 57-72.
“The Work of Interviews” with J. Grabski, in Joanna Grabski and Carol Magee, eds. Bodies of Knowledge: Interviews, African art, and Scholarly Narratives (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013), 1-11.
“Photography, Narrative Interventions and (Cross)cultural Representations ” in Joanna Grabski and Carol Magee, eds. Bodies of Knowledge: Interviews, African art, and Scholarly Narratives (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013), 56-69.
“Experiencing Lagos through Stillness” Evental Aesthetics 1, no.3 (Fall 2012), 41-49.
“Social Fabric: gold mining, diaspora, and word and image in the paintings of Papa Essel” African Arts 43 no. 4 (Winter 2010): 8-19.
“Representing Africa? Celebrities, Photography and Vanity Fair,” in Robert Clarke, ed. Celebrity Colonialism: Fame, Power and Representation in Colonial and Postcolonial Cultures (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009), 275-290.
“Spatial Stories: Photographic Practice and Urban Belonging” Africa Today 54/2 (Winter 2007): 108-129.
The interdisciplinary and cross-cultural nature of African visual culture frames her teaching and research. In both she emphasizes meanings at the site of production and local use as well as meanings at the sites of consumption (generated by the circulation of objects in non-local environments such as the international art market, tourist markets, museums, and various other contexts).
- Africa in the American Imagination (ARTH 453)
- African Art Survey (ARTH 155)
- Art of African Independence (ARTH 300)
- Contemporary African Art (ARTH 488)
- Masks and Africa (ARTH 353)
- Urban Africa and Global Mobility (ARTH 555)
- African Modernisms
- African Photography
- The Art of the City
- Professional Development