Prior Artist Residents


Academic Year 2014-2015

Fall 2014

Nana Kwadwo Nyantakyi III (Sanaahene) and Nana Afia Adoma II (Queen Mother)Kumasi, Ghana

Residency Description: CWPS welcomed Nana Kwadwo Nyantakyi III (Sanaahene) and Nana Afia Adoma II (Queen) to the University of Michigan for a one-month residency during the fall of 2014. While at the University of Michigan, they joined both Professors Kwasi Ampene and Raymond Silverman every Tuesday and Thursday as guest lecturers for their combined course on the music and visual cultures of Africa. As part of our Community Outreach, they presented four public lectures; two at the Ann Arbor District Library and two on campus.  

Having served three kings, Otumfuo Agyeman Prempeh II, Otumfuo Opoku Ware II, and currently Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Nana Kwadwo Nyantakyi III has accumulated extraordinary wealth of knowledge of Akan and Asante culture. As a matrilineal society, Akan Queens are entrusted with lineage history, values, the complex political hierarchy, and succession procedures. While in Ann Arbor, they shared valuable first-hand experience with students at the University of Michigan about the Akan in Ghana.

Co-sponsors: African Studies Center, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, African Students Association, Sterns Collection, Ann Arbor District Library,King•Chavéz•Parks Visiting Professors Program and the Office of the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion and Academic Affairs, International Institute

Dates: 9/7/14 – 10/11/14


Winter 2015

Professor Kofi AgawuGhana; Princeton University

Residency Description: CWPS welcomed Princeton music Professor, Kofi Agawu, for a one-week residency during the winter of 2015. While at the University of Michigan, he taught classes with CWPS affiliated faculty and delivered a Musicology Distinguished Lecture for the University of Michigan School of Music on Friday, March 20th.

A native of Ghana, Agawu earned a bachelor's degree in music from Reading University in the United Kingdom in 1977, a master's degree in musical analysis from King's College London in 1978, and a Ph.D. in historical musicology from Stanford University in 1982. Agawu, who has taught at Princeton since 1998, teaches classes on African music and European classical music. He has previously taught at Yale University, Cornell University, King's College London, Duke University, and Haverford College.

Co-sponsors: African Studies Center, School of Music Theater and Dance

Dates: 3/17/15 – 3/21/15

Louisa Babari, Pascale Obolo, Anita AfonuFrance and Ghana

Residency Description: 

CWPS and DAAS welcomed Louisa Babari, Pascale Obolo and Anita Afonu to the University of Michigan for a week during the winter of 2015. While in Ann Arbor the women attended the CWPS Graduate Certificate course, "Intro to World Performance Studies," and  Kwasi Ampene's course, "Introduction to Africa and Its Diaspora."

The main event was a round table discussion titled, "Archiving Images: African Artists Visualizing Africa." This round table considered how images shape the substance of our personal and collective memories, at the same time as they locate visions of the past, and project scenes of the future. Images of the archive, archiving images, images as archiving in process: at the crossroads of this Borgesian garden of forking paths we find the African artist. What then, is the role of the African artist vis-à-vis the archive and its images? This was the question to which the participants at this round table turned their attention.

Co-sponsors: African Studies Center, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies

Participant Bios

Dates: 3/19/15 - 3/28/15


Artist Residency Archives

The below may include both CWPS-sponsored and co-sponsored artist residencies.

Academic Year 2013-2014

Academic Year 2012-2013

Academic Year 2011-2012