The *Journal of Art Historiography*, a peer reviewed journal (http://arthistoriography.wordpress.com),
is interested in producing a special issue on African art.
The discursive practice of African art history is at a crucial juncture, in which rising interest in African art from a global perspective intersects with a possible fragmentation of the field into divergent disciplines each with its own focus. The historiography of African visual arts itself confronts an cross-disciplinary problem identified by *Journal of Art Historiography* as a concern that “contemporary scholarship will forget its earlier legacy and neglect the urgency and rigour with which those early debates were conducted. The journal is therefore committed to studying art historical scholarship, in its institutional and conceptual foundations, from the past to the present in all areas and all periods”.
African art history is particularly in need of this historiographical examination, given the increasing distance between early scholarship and contemporary discourses. The last significant historiography of the field was carried out by the venerable Monni Adams in a classical essay titled “African Visual Arts from an Art Historical Perspective (*African Studies Review*, 32/2, 1989: 55-103), which formed a two part overview of African Studies published in journal, the other written by Paula Ben Amos.
Although African Arts has engaged the issue of African art’s discourse in various presentations in the journal to date, the kind of comprehensive analysis carried out by Monni Adams has largely been absent and is in dire need of
being updated, given how much has happened in the field in the two and half decades since the article was published. The *Journal of Historiography*’s special issue on African arts therefore provides a unique opportunity to revisit the history of art writing on the subject of African visual culture and create a critical dialogue between various generations of African art historians, which will ideally allow foundational research and writing to be subjected to contemporary knowledge practices.
I have been asked to serve as guest editor this proposed issue. I will like to invite proposals for articles on the subject and also appeal to the field to suggest important texts and documents that might be included in this special issue. Previous editions of the journal can be viewed on its website (http://arthistoriography.wordpress.com) for guidance on the Journal of Art Historiography’s focus and submission guidelines.
Please send proposals and suggestions to:
Prof. Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie
Guest Editor, *Journal of Art Historiography* Special Issue on African art