Associate Professor of History of Art
Cécile Fromont’s writing and teaching focus on the visual, material, and religious culture of Africa and Latin America, with an emphasis on the early modern period and on the Portuguese-speaking Atlantic World. She is currently investigating areas of intersection between visual and material culture, religion, and knowledge creation in cross-cultural environments of early modern Africa and Latin America. Her first book, The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongowas won, among other accolades, a College Art Association Millard Meiss Publication Fund Grant. Her essays on art have appeared in venues such as the Colonial Latin American Review, African Arts, and RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics. Her research and writing have been supported by grants and fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Michigan Society of Fellows, and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, among others.