On leave 2022-2024
Álvaro Luís Lima is an Assistant Professor of Art History and affiliate faculty in the Center for African Studies and the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research. He received his Ph.D. in Art History & Archaeology at Columbia University with advanced certificates in Psychoanalytic Studies and Comparative Literature & Society. His research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, Getty, Mellon, the Smithsonian, Starr, and Stillman-Lack.
Lima specializes in modern and contemporary art from Africa, working at the intersection of art history and cultural studies. His first book project, Farewell to the Future: Art in Mozambique at the End of Socialism, focuses on art during Mozambique’s transition from Marxist-Leninism to a multi-party democracy. The book analyzes this unique history as a case study of the aesthetic impact of the end of the Cold War in the Global South. This project builds on Lima’s doctoral work, for which he spent over a year conducting interviews and archival research in Mozambique.
Research is also underway on a second book project, tentatively titled Decolonial Beasts: Art and Animal after Apartheid. Other forthcoming projects include guest-editing a special issue of ARTMargins on socialism in contemporary African art. He is a member of the editorial consortium of African Arts.
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