ADRSA is pleased to welcome Suzanne Preston Blier and Félix Ayoh'Omidire as special guests at our inaugural conference.

Suzanne Preston Blier is is the Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. She is an historian of African art and architecture in both the History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies Departments and is also is a member of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. Her first book The Anatomy of Architecture: Ontology and Metaphor in Batammaliba Architectural Expression won the Arnold Rubin Prize and her second book, African Vodun: Art, Psychology, and Power, received the Charles Rufus Morey Prize. Other books include: African Royal Art: The Majesty of Form, Butabu: Adobe Architecture in West Africa, and Art of the Senses: Masterpieces from the William and Bertha Teel Collection. Two new volumes will be appearing shortly: Art and Risk in Ancient Yoruba: Ife History, Power and Identity c.1300. (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and African's Worlds: A History (with Joseph C. Miller, Oxford University Press, 2012). Click here to view Prof. Blier's books on Amazon.

Félix Ayoh'Omidire is Professor of Portuguese and of Cultural Studies at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria specializing in Afro-Brazilian culture and the Yoruba diaspora in Brazil. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including a Georg Forester fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and a CAPES fellowship from the Brazilian Ministry of Education. Omidire is the author of Akogbadun: ABC da Língua, Cultura e Civilização Iorubanas (Akogbadun: ABCs of Yoruba Language, Culture and Civilization) and Pèrègún: e Otras Fabulações da Minha Terra (Peregun and Other Fables from My Land) and is editor (along with Akin Alao and Tunde Babawale) of Teaching and Propagating African and Diaspora History and Culture. Click here to view Prof. Omidire's books on WorldCat.