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Shirey, Heather

Associate Professor of Art History
2057 Portland Ave 102AA
(651) 962-5572

B.A., The University of Iowa; M.A., Tulane University; Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington


Africa and the African Diaspora

Heather Shirey has conducted research in Brazil with a specific focus on art, politics and identity construction in the African-Brazilian religion Candomblé. Her current research projects in the African Diaspora involve a comparative study of the central position of material culture in identity politics and spiritual practices. She is also actively involved in research on textiles and identity in contemporary Ghana. 

Recent presentations and publications:

"Defining Diaspora: A Visual Cultural Perspective," Panel co-chair and presenter on "(Re)Claiming African in the Diaspora," the ACASA-sponsored panel at College Art Association Annual Meeting, Dallas, February 2008.

Review of Santería Enthroned: Art, Ritual, and Innovation in an Afro-Cuban Religion by David H. Brown and The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World edited by Toyin Falola and Matt D. Childs.African Arts, Winter 2007.

"Understanding Religious Juxtapositions through Material Culture: Candomblé, Santería and Vodou Altars in a Cross-Cultural Perspective," 1st International Conference on Afro-Hispanic Studies Across the Disciplines, Accra, Ghana, August 2007.

"(Re)Claiming Africa in the Diaspora," Chair and discussant. Arts Council of the African Studies Association 14th Triennial Conference. Gainesville, March 2007.

 "Idols on Altars and Idols in the Closet: Syncretism and Art in African-Brazilian Candomblé," Poster Session, College Art Association Annual Conference, Boston, February 2006.

"Seeing Slavery," Session Chair, College Art Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, February 2005.

"The Power of Images in Sacred Spaces and the City Streets: Candomblé Art in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil," Paper presentation, College Art Association Annual Conference, New York City, February 2003.

"Candomblé Beads and Expression of Identity in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil," Paper presentation, African Studies Association Annual Conference, Washington, D. C., December 2002.

Summer 2014 Courses

Summer 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ARHS 590 - 02 African Brazilian Museums - - - - - -
CRN: 30115 3 Credit Hours
ARHS 590 - 03 Haitian Vodou - - - - - -
CRN: 30648 3 Credit Hours
ARHS 590 - 04 Contemporary Haitian Art - - - - - -
CRN: 30680 3 Credit Hours
ARHS 595 - 01 Carver Cty Hist Society - - - - - -
CRN: 30116 3 Credit Hours
ARHS 595 - 02 Mpls Inst of Arts Curatorial - - - - - -
CRN: 30117 3 Credit Hours

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ARHS 590 - 01 Independent Study - - - - - -
CRN: 42239 3 Credit Hours
ARHS 590 - 02 African American Portraiture - - - - - -
CRN: 41533 3 Credit Hours
ARHS 593 - 01 Qualifying Paper Prospectus - - - - - -
CRN: 42193 1 Credit Hours During the semester before the student plans to make application for graduation and to graduate, the student must prepare a 10-page typed, double-spaced prospectus. This prospectus must be submitted to the advisor of the qualifying paper, and to the other two faculty members of the Graduation Committee. Prerequisite: ARHS 500. Completion of the language reading requirement. Permission of the department.
ARHS 595 - 01 Rochester Curatorial - - - - - -
CRN: 42240 3 Credit Hours
ARTH 110 - 13 Introduction to Art History M - W - F 1055 - 1200 OEC 203
CRN: 40771 Credit Hours Through a series of case studies, this course examines the importance of art as cultural expression across time and from a global perspective. In each course section, students will analyze the style, subject, and patronage of works of art, and will explore art's relationship to religion, ideology, society and economy, gender roles, and the interaction of cultures. Case studies will include architecture, sculpture, painting, and other arts, such as ceramics, textiles, and photography. This course fulfills the Fine Arts and Human Diversity core requirements. Consult the department website for details about the specific sections offered.

J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

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