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At Tradition’s Crossroads – East African Art in the 21st Century

The National Museum in Szczecin (NMS) is pleased to announce a call for papers to be published in a Special Issue of Materiały Zachodniopomorskie, the NMS scientific annual devoted to cultural heritage study, current museum research and events. The annual is listed by the Ministry of Education and Science; MSHE 40 points. Articles are peer-reviewed, according to the principles of double blind reviews.

Appearing in the journal’s Studies and Materials series, At the Crossroads of Tradition explores the vibrant artistic landscape of East African culture through the interplay of tradition and modernity. We invite researchers, scholars, curators, artists, and practitioners with expertise in East African art and culture to contribute original research papers, case studies, theoretical analyses, and critical overviews.

This Special Issue provides a summation of research carried out by Transcultural Perspectives of Art and Art Education (TPAAE), a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program (Grant Agreement No. 872718) in which the NMS is taking part. TPAAE brings together institutions from Poland (Academy of Art in Szczecin), Italy (Università degli Studi di Macerata) and Kenya (Kenyatta University, Technical University of Mombasa) in a four-year exercise to develop degree and certificate programmes in Fine Art and Design at Pwani University on the Kenyan Coast.

Possible topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Historical and contemporary developments in East African artmaking: Tracing the evolution of practices and styles in the region.
  • Traditional forms and their relevance in contemporary East African art: Examining how techniques, motifs, and cultural practices influence contemporary artistic expression.
  • Modern interpretations of East African cultural heritage: Exploring how artists incorporate traditional elements within a modern context to create innovative and hybrid artforms.
  • Socio-political dimensions of East African art: Investigating how artists engage with contemporary issues in their work, including reflections on such themes as identity, gender, ethnicity, and colonial legacies.
  • Global influences and local responses: Analysing the ways in which East African artists negotiate cultural identity in a globalized world.
  • Artistic collaborations and exchanges: Documenting transcultural artistic collaborations, residencies, and exhibitions that foster dialogue an understanding.
  • Curatorial practices and exhibition strategies: Examining innovative approaches to representation, interpretation, and audience engagement with East African art.
  • Transcultural perspectives in art curriculum and pedagogy: Exploring innovative approaches and methodologies that promote cross-cultural understanding and engagement in education.

The information about annual Materiały Zachodniopomorskie can be found here: Detailed journal regulations:

Submission Guidelines:

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2023

All submissions – articles in English – should be sent to: and

Authors are kindly requested to follow the submission guidelines provided by the Studies and Materials series, which can be found here:

For further inquiries or clarifications, please contact: and


Ewa Prądzyńska

Chief Curator

Non-European Cultures Department

National Museum in Szczecin

Marlena Chybowska-Butler


National Museum in Szczecin–Museum of Contemporary Art

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