Heather M. Shirey portrait

Heather M. Shirey

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Degree
B.A., University of Iowa
M.A., Tulane University
Ph.D., Indiana University
Office
44 N. Cleveland Ave.
Phone
(651) 962-5572
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5572
Mail
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Specialization: Africa and the African Diaspora

Heather Shirey's primary area of research is in Brazil, with a specific focus on art, politics and identity construction in the African-Brazilian religion Candomblé. Her current research projects involve a comparative study of the position of material culture in identity politics and spiritual practices in Africa and the African Diaspora.

Recent Publications

[Review of Capone, Stefania. Searching for Africa in Brazil: Power and Tradition in Candomblé.] H-AfrArts, H-Net Reviews.March 2013. URL: https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=33075

“Constructing Meaning: Candomblé Beads and Identity in Salvador da Bahia Brazil.”  (Nova Religio, volume 16.1, August 2012). http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/nr.2012.16.issue-1

“Meticulous Production and the Embodiment of History: María Magdalena Campos-Pon’s My Mother Told Me I Am Chinese Series,” in Vanessa K. Valdés, ed. The Future is Now: A New Look at African Diaspora Studies. (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012).

“Ancestry, Art and Commodity: María Magdalena Campos-Pons’s My Mother Told Me I Am Chinese series,” Conference Proceedings from “Let Spirit Speak! Cultural Journeys through the African Diaspora.” (SUNY Press, 2012). http://muse.jhu.edu/books/9781438442198/

“María Magdalena Campos-Pons: New Investigations into Diasporic Identity and History, Review of Life Has Not Even Begun, new work by María Magdalena Campos-Pons at Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, January 26-March 6 2009.” African Arts. 43:4 (Winter 2010), 84-86.

[Review of Beatriz Góis Dantas, Nagô Grandma and White Papa: Candomblé and the Creation of Afro-Brazilian Identity]. Journal of Folklore Research Reviews, http://www.indiana.edu/~jofr/review.php?id=990, May 18, 2010.

 “Transforming the Orixás: Candomblé in Sacred and Secular Spaces in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil” African Arts. 42:2, Winter 2009, 62-79. http://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/afar/42/4

 “Dialogue Essay: Dreams of Home in Expanding Diasporas,” African Arts. 42:2 (Summer 2009), 7-11.

[Review of Beautiful/Ugly:  African and Diaspora Aesthetics]. H-AfrArts, H-Net Reviews. December 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 Faloloa and Matt D. Childs]. African Arts, (Winter 2007), 93-95. 

Recent research presentations

African Studies Association Annual Conference, “Exhibiting Benin Court Art in London: Three Case Studies,” Paper presentation, Baltimore, November 2013.

International American StudiesAssociation Conference, “Pierre Verger’s Candomblé Imagery in A Cigarra,” Paper presentation, Rio de Janeiro, July 2011.

Arts Council of the African Studies Association Triennial Symposium, “Pierre Verger and the Creation of Candomblé Nagô’s Canonical Imagery,” Paper presentation, Los Angeles, March 2011.

Cultural Journeys through the African Diaspora Conferenceat The City College of New York, “Ancestry, Art and Commodity: María Magdalena Campos-Pons’s My Mother Told Me I Am Chinese series,” Paper presentation, New York City, April 22-24, 2010.

College Art Association Annual Conference, “Defining the Diaspora; Appropriating Public Spaces in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil,” Paper presentation and Panel Co-Chair, Dallas, February 2008.

International Conference on Afro-Hispanic Studies, “Understanding Religious Juxtapositions Through Material Culture: Candomblé, Santería and Vodou Altars in a Cross-Cultural Perspective,” Paper presentation, Accra, Ghana, August 2007.

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

Recent grants and awards 

University of St. Thomas Faculty Development Center, Level 1 Research Grant. “Pierre Verger, Carybé and the Creation of Candomblé's Iconic Imagery in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil,” for research in Brazil in January 2013.

University of St. Thomas Graduate Research Team Project. “Art, Political Memory, and Identity in London’s Nigerian Diaspora: Yinka Shonibare, Sokari Douglas-Camp, and Emamoke Ukeleghe,” with Sarah Munster-Blakley and Natalie McMonagle, summer 2012.

Research Assistance Grant, awarded by the University of St. Thomas Faculty Development Center for research in Brazil in January 2008

The Textile Society of America Fellowship for Young Professionals, awarded for travel and research in Ghana in January 2005

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, awarded for dissertation research in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, December 2000-December 2001

Courses taught

Undergraduate: Introduction to Art History; Arts of the African Diaspora; Arts of Africa; Modern Mexican Art.

Graduate seminars: African American Art; Methodology; African Art in Transition; Diapora: Continuity and Change; Adornnment and Identity in African Art; Colonial/Post-Colonial Art 

Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ARHS 590 - 04 Jamaican Music Cover Art - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43558 Instructor: Heather M. Shirey

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ARHS 594 - 04 Qualifying Paper &Presentation - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43344 Instructor: Heather M. Shirey As a demonstration of the ability to formulate and carry out original and scholarly work in the discipline, all students are required to submit a qualifying paper during the last semester of study. The qualifying paper must also be presented at the annual graduate forum sponsored by the department. Prerequisite: ARHS 593

Schedule Details

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ARTH 110 - PW1 Introduction to Art History M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OEC 311
CRN: 40650 Instructor: Heather M. Shirey 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.

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ARTH 110 - W04 Introduction to Art History M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OEC 414
CRN: 40487 Instructor: Heather M. Shirey 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.

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J-Term 2017 Courses

J-Term 2017 Courses
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Spring 2017 Courses

Spring 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ARHS 535 - 01 Photography Africa/Diaspora - - - R - - - 1730 - 2030 OEC 414
CRN: 22429 Instructor: Heather M. Shirey This graduate level seminar addresses topics related to the art of Africa and the African Diaspora.

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