Projects per year
Ph.D in Social Science, University of Amsterdam (2001)
Key Research Interests and Expertise
- Heritage, art and postcolonial memory
- Masquerading, performance and intangible heritage
- Museums, materiality, time and temporality
- Art, aesthetics and performance
- Archive and Utopia
Current Research Projects
- For several years I have researched how art, performance and memory intersect in museums, memorials and heritage. In my research in Senegal, I have addressed performance and intangible heritage in a context of post-colonial nation-building in which the legacies of slavery and colonialism are still prevalent and inform postcolonial memory.
- Researching heritage in Senegal, I have found it to be framed by pan-African ideologies. My most recent research papers address the complex legacy of pan-Africanism in the current context of Afro-optimism. How is Pan-Africanism recycled and how is it given new relevance in the postcolony. In 2011 I was awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship to complete a monograph on this subject.
- As a result of my interests in contemporary art and memory, I am increasingly drawn to the ways in which artists work in the archive. As a metaphor for systems for the storage of documents and traces of the past, I have started to explore contemporary postcolonial artists work within the archive. Such archival work is often presented as a critique of the colonial archive and meant to open postcolonial futures. I am Principal Investigator of an AHRC Research Network on Utopian Archives: Excavating Pasts for Postcolonial Futures.
- The Pan-African Heritage of Senegal. British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, award reference: MD120035.
- Utopian Archives: Excavating Pasts for Postcolonial Futures. Principal Investigator, AHRC Research Network Grant, award reference: AH/J006122/1.
- The Aesthetics of Modernity and Postcolonial Citizenship in Senegal. The Royal Academy, award reference: SG102029.
- The Staged Nation: Heritage and Memory in Postcolonial Senegal. Arts and Humanities Research Council, award reference: AH/F013116/1.
- The Public Past: Memory and Heritage in Postcolonial Senegal. Economic and Social Research Council, award reference: RES-000-22-0735.
- History, Heritage and Memory: Politics of the Past in Senegal. The British Academy, award reference: SG-36720.
- African art
- Material culture
- Public art
- Art, aesthetics and performance
I am interested in supervising research students in all areas of traditional and contemporary African art; public art and memory; heritage and material culture; cities and their imagination.
Current Research Students
Katie Boone – Migrant heritage in Cyprus
Rania Jaber – Lebanese women artists in diaspora
Examples of modules taught
African Art and Performance
Contemporary African Arts
Public Art, Performance and Memory
Uses of Cultural Heritage
Areas Of Expertise
- 6 Finished
17/04/12 → 31/05/14
1/06/11 → 31/05/12
de Jong, F., 31 Jan 2018, In : African Arts. 51, 1, p. 10-23 14 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)38 Downloads (Pure)
de Jong, F. & Quinn-Valente, B., May 2018, In : Africa. 88, 2, p. 332-351 20 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile3 Citations (Scopus)34 Downloads (Pure)
De Jong, F., Feb 2016, In : Social Anthropology. 24, 1, p. 36-51 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile4 Citations (Scopus)14 Downloads (Pure)
De Jong, F., 2016, In : World Art. 6, 1, p. 3-17 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile13 Downloads (Pure)