Five College African Studies Program

Rowland Abiodun


Department of Black Studies; Art and Art Studies
Amherst College

Chair, African Scholars Program Executive Committee

Office: 107 Cooper House
Telephone: 542-5801


Research Interests: History, style, and aesthetics of African art, particularly Yoruba art of West Africa.

Courses include: African Art & Diaspora; African Art and the Diaspora; Arts/Orature in Africa; Visual Arts and Orature in Africa; Myth, Ritual and Iconography in West Africa; Survey of African Art.

Publications: Co-authored Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought (1989), Yoruba Art and Aesthetics (1991), and edited The Yoruba Artist: New Theoretical Perspectives on African Art (1994).

Languages: Yoruba.

Geographic focus: Nigeria.