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The Asian-African Conference held in 1955 in the city of Bandung, Indonesia, can be considered a catalyst of already existing political and cultural affiliations. Stimulated by the Bandung moment, this Asian-African alliance had an anti-imperialist, anti-colonial, and anti-racist rationale. Reanimating the so-called ‘third-way’ political imagination carried by the Bandung spirit, this collective research is driven by a poetics of correspondence, addressing cultural traditions while at the same time revealing translational experiences across Asia, Africa, and their diasporas.

Live roundtables will be held online and in English language every Thursday, bringing together scholars, curators, and artists to explore the political, artistic and cultural resonances of the Bandung Conference. 

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Thursday, 21 October, 18:00 (CEST)

Philippe Pirotte
Introduction: Richard Wright, The Color Curtain and the Promise of Bandung

Leigh Raiford
Bandung to Black Power: Mapping Kathleen Cleaver's Radical Geographies

Karima Boudou Mzouar
The Key to San Francisco: Mehdi Ben Barka and the Tricontinental Conference in Cuba

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Thursday, 28 October 2021, 09:00 (CEST) 

Shabbir Hussain Mustafa
“We are not merely the objects of history chained to a law of challenge and response.” Sirimavo Bandaranaike and the Staging of the 5th NAM Summit

Suman Gopinath & Grant Watson
The Poet in Bandung

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Thursday, 4 November 2021, 16:00 (CET) 

Grace Samboh & Arham Rahman
KARANGAN: Lampiran tentang pengelolaan, keramah-tamahan, dll (Appendices on organization, hospitality, and other things)

Ntone Edjabe
Radio Freedom

Sadie Woods
Songs of Liberation

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Thursday, 11 November 2021, 17:00 (CET) 

Noor Abuarafeh & Lara Khaldi
Letters to a Museum 

Elizabeth Asafo-Adjei
The art of giving: Kofi Antubam’s introduction of Ghana through diplomatic gifts

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Thursday, 18 November 2021, 20:00 (CET) 

Vera Mey
Artistic alignment and the expanding geographic horizon of modern Cambodian mural paintings 1950s–1960s

Atreyee Gupta
Vectors of Bandung: The Third World Liberation Front at the University of California, Berkeley

Naeem Mohaiemen

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The detailed program and registration links can be found here:

Generous support for The Color Curtain and the Promise of Bandung was provided by a research fellowship awarded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The series of roundtables is organized with additional support from Hochschule für Bildende Künste–Städelschule, Frankfurt, and from UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, California.