July - August 2010
Jean-Bernard Ouédraogo is professor of sociology and director of Groupe de Recherche sur les Initiatives Locales (GRIL), at the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, West Africa. He has written extensively on African sociology, inter alia, on violence, arts, citizenship, urbanity, and the epistemology of social sciences. His art research focuses on the social history of African aesthetics. His publications on art include Arts photographiques en Afrique. Technique et esthétique dans la photographie de studio au Burkina Faso (2003), Identités visuelles en Afrique (2008) and L’expérience de la forme: La peinture de Kalidou Kassé (2010). He was editor of the French version of Norbert Elias, Art Africain (2002), and has served as Deputy Executive Secretary of CODESRIA. His Clark project will examine the logical roots of African vision and technique in art productions.