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Welcome to the website for Digital Publishing in the Humanities at Emory University!

Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Emory College Office of Faculty, the DPH initiative aims both to educate the Emory community about emerging publication options for humanistic scholarship, and to support the development and publication of digital and open access monographs by Emory faculty.

Project Spotlight

Seeing the Unseen: Arts of Power Associations on the Senufo-Mande Cultural "Frontier"

How do arts convey the existence of potent knowledge without revealing details of that knowledge?

In Seeing the Unseen, art historian Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi examines tensions between the seen and unseen that makers, patrons, and audiences of arts in western West Africa negotiate through objects, assemblages, and performances. Gagliardi examines how ambiguity anchors design of the arts, and she shows that attempts to determine exact meanings miss the point. Through attention to many ways of seeing and knowing, Seeing the Unseen opens new possibilities for the study of so-called historical or classical arts of Africa grounded in the specificity of individual works, their making, and their reception.

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Seeing the Unseen book cover