Raymond Silverman

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Raymond Silverman

Professor

Office Location(s): 5516 Haven Hall
Phone: 734.615.9847; 734.936.6401
silveray@umich.edu
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Department of Afroamerican and African Studies
  • Fields of Study
    • Visual cultures of Africa, museum studies
  • About

    Raymond Silverman is Professor in the Department of History and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies. In 2002, he joined the faculty at University of Michigan to launch a new interdisciplinary graduate program in Museum Studies—he stepped down as Director of the program in 2012. Silverman is a historian of the visual cultures of Africa. Most of his research writing has been undertaken in Ghana and Ethiopia, where he has explored a range of subjects dealing with historical and social dimensions of metallurgy and the visual culture of religion, specifically of Islam and indigenous religions in Ghana, and the Orthodox Church in Ethiopia. His publications include two books dealing with Ethiopian art, Ethiopia: Traditions of Creativity (1999) and Painting Ethiopia: The Life and Work of Qes Adamu Tesfaw (2005) as well as articles and essays dealing with a range of topics focused on the arts of Ghana, Ethiopia, museums and heritage. He is currently working on a book project, Icons of Devotion, Icons of Trade, dealing with the contemporary visual practices of the Orthodox Church in northern Ethiopia.

  • Education
    • PhD University of Washington
  • Selected Publications:
  • Books