Hirshhorn Plaza

Friday, March 9 , 2012 

The “Excavation, Accumulation, and Preservation in the African Landscape” symposium is the first scholarly inquiry to bring together diverse humanities and science perspectives to investigate the complex relationships between Africans and the land upon which they live, work, and frame their days.  

Scholars from across the Smithsonian Institution and University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), in the fields of art history, anthropology, American studies, ecology, environmental science and technology, geography, plant sciences and landscape architecture, and horticulture have joined forces for this multidisciplinary symposium. By providing a unifying forum for the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, the symposium’s investigations of land will move from parallel inquiries to synthetic approaches in which cultural and science-based research inform one another and result in new methods and findings.

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