Dr Charles Gore
MA, PHD (London), PGCE
Senior Lecturer in the History of African Art
- African Art I: Context and Representation
- African Art II: West Africa & the Atlantic World; History, Historiography and the Visual Arts.
- Arts and Society in sub-Saharan Africa
- Introduction to the Art and Archaeology of Africa
- Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa
- Photography and the Image in Africa; and other Regional Perspectives
PhD Students supervised
- Daphne Ang, Cosmopolitan Representations: Straits Chinese (Peranakans) and Image-making in Colonial and Postcolonial Singapore.
- Helena Cantone, White Skin, Black Masks: The African art projects of Salvatore Fiume (1915-1997).
- Julie Crooks, Lisk-Carew and photography in Sierra Leone: Black Modernities
- Luke Houston, Decentring Art and Space in New York 1975-1995
- Malcolm Corrigall, Histories of Landscape Representation in South African Photography
- Maurizia Onori, Neo-Islamic/Norman funeral architecture in Sicily 19th-20th century
- Paula Callus, Documenting Sub-Saharan African Animation
- Phoebe Hirsch, Masijids in South Africa
- Rose Ojo, The Role of Movement and Migration in the Photographic Work of Carrie Mae Weems, Joy Gregory, Rotimi Fani Kayode, Albert Chong, Yinka Shonibare and Renee Cox
Benin studies and West Africa; African art; African visual cultures, including the mass media such as African photography, film, video and the internet; performance, religion and ritual in contemporary African societies; approaches to "popular culture" and its relations to regional/global knowledges; linkages between Africa and its diasporic arts; indigenous approaches to health and healing.
Dr Charles Gore received advanced degrees from SOAS under the supervision of Professor John Picton. He has carried out extensive research in southern Nigeria for 20 years at Benin City in Edo state working with practitioners of the local indigenous religion and with brasscasters; and also carried out research in Anambra and Ondo states; and in the Niger delta. He was the consultant for Artist Unknown (1995) a BBC film made about the arts of Benin City. Along with doing research as an art historian and anthropologist, he works as an artist (figurative, expressionist) in various media (oil, watercolour, pastel, mixed media, etching, monotypes, photography).
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- Sierra Leone
Gore, Charles (2007) Art, Performance and Ritual in Benin City. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Gore, Charles (2010) 'El Anatsui and his Artworlds.' In: Kawaguchi, Y. and Takezawa, S. and Matsumoto, H. and Mizusawa, T. and Asaki, T. and Nakamura, M. and Shibuya, T., (eds.), A Fateful Journey: Africa in the Works of El Anatsui. Japan: The Yomiuri Shimbun, The Japan Association of Art Museums: Japan, pp. 174-185.
Gore, Charles and Picton, John (2009) 'Denis Williams in Africa: A New Approach to its Arts and Technologies.' In: Williams, Charlotte and Williams, Evelyn, (eds.), Denis Williams, a life in works : new and collected essays. Amsterdam;New York: Rodopi, pp. 153-168.
Gore, Charles (2009) 'Religion in Africa.' In: Woodhead, Linda and Kawanami, Hiroko and Partridge, Christopher, (eds.), Religions in the Modern World: Traditions and Transformations, 2nd Edition. Oxon; New York: Routledge, pp. 265-296.
Gore, Charles (2008) 'Mami Wata, an Urban Presence: The Making of a Tradition in Benin City, Nigeria.' In: Drewal, H., (ed.), Sacred Waters: Arts for Mami Wata and Other Divinities in Africa and the Diaspora. Bloomington; Indianopolis: Indiana University Press, pp. 361-382.
Gore, Charles (2007) 'Conceptualising Royal, Community and Personal Shrines in the Edo Kingdom.' In: Plankensteiner, B., (ed.), Benin Kings and Rituals. Court Arts from Nigeria. Snoeck, pp. 130-139.
Gore, Charles (2007) 'Inscribing History: Leo Asemota and the Circle of (W)hole.' In: Asemota, L., (ed.), Circle of the (W)hole Catalogue. London.
Gore, Charles (2007) 'Modernisms in Africa.' In: Contadini, A., (ed.), Objects of Instruction: Treasures of the School of Oriental an African Studies. London: SOAS, University of London, 111, 117-123.
Drewal, H. and Gore, Charles and Kisliuk, M. (2006) 'Siren Serenades: music for MamiWata and Other Water Spirits in Africa.' In: Austern, L. P. and Naroditskaya, I., (eds.), Music of the sirens. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Gore, Charles (2005) 'Nigerian Museums: A Question of Value.' In: Finneran, N., (ed.), Safeguarding Africa's Archaeological Past: selected papers from a workshop held at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 2001. Oxford: Archaeopress. (Cambridge Monographs in African Archaeology 65)
Gore, Charles (2002) 'Traditions and Transformations in African Religions.' In: Fletcher, P. and Kawanami, H. and Smith, D. and Woodhead, L., (eds.), Religion in the Modern World. Routledge, pp. 204-230.
Gore, Charles (1998) 'Ritual, performance and media in urban contemporary shrine configurations in Benin City, Nigeria.' In: Hughes-Freeland, F., (ed.), Ritual, performance, media. London: Rouledge, pp. 66-84.
Gore, Charles (1997) 'Popular Culture in West Africa.' In: Middleton, John, (ed.), Encyclopedia of Africa south of the Sahara. New York ; London: Charles Scribner's Sons, pp. 447-453.
Gore, Charles (1997) 'Mami Wata: West Africa.' In: Middleton, John, (ed.), Encyclopedia of Africa south of the Sahara. New York; London: Charles Scribner's Sons, pp. 108-110.
Gore, Charles (2013) 'Neils Walwin Holm: Radicalising the Image in Lagos Colony, West Africa.' History of Photography, 37 (3). pp. 283-300.
Gore, Charles (2008) 'Masks and Modernities.' African Arts, 41 (4). 1, 4-7.
Gore, Charles (2008) '“Burn the Mmonwu” Contradictions and Contestations in Masquerade Performance in Uga, Anambra State in Southeastern Nigeria.' African Arts, 41 (4). pp. 60-73.
Gore, Charles and Pratten, David (2003) 'The Politics of Plunder: The Rhetorics of Order and Disorder in Southern Nigeria.' African Affairs, 102 (407). pp. 211-240.
Gore, Charles (2001) 'Commemoration, Memory and Ownership: Some Social Contexts of Contemporary Photography in Benin City, Nigeria.' Visual Anthropology, 14 (3). pp. 321-42.
Gore, Charles (2000) 'A Record of War, Southern Nigeria.' Songlines, 8 (autumn/win). pp. 40-41.
Gore, Charles (1999) 'Vodou Nation [Bagley Studios, London May 15 and Cream, Liverpool, May 22, 1998].' African Arts, 32 (2). pp. 77-79.
Gore, Charles (1997) 'Remembering R.E.Bradbury: An Interview with Professor Peter Morton-Williams.' African Arts, 30 (4). pp. 36-45.
Gore, Charles (1997) 'Casting Identities in Contemporary Benin City.' African Arts, 30 (3). pp. 54-61.
Gore, Charles and Nevadomsky, Joseph (1997) 'Practice and Agency in Mammy Wata Worship in Southern Nigeria.' African Arts, 30 (2). pp. 60-69.
Gore, Charles and Morton-Williams, Peter (1997) 'Remembering R. E. Bradbury: An Interview with Peter Morton-Williams.' African Arts, 30 (4). pp. 36-45.
Gore, Charles (2012) 'Review of 'Osogbo and the Art of Heritage: Monuments, Deities, and Money' by Peter Probst.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 75 (2). pp. 431-433.
Gore, Charles (2008) 'Review of ‘Transforming Museums: Mounting Queen Victoria in a Democratic South Africa’ Steven Dubin.' Africa Today, 55 (2). pp. 107-108.
Gore, Charles (2006) 'Review of 'Photography on the Color Line: W.E.B. Du Bois, Race, and Visual Culture' by Shawn Michelle Smith.' The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 12 (3). pp. 703-704.
Gore, Charles (2005) 'Frank Willett with Barbara Blackmun & Emma Lister: The Art of Ife: a descriptive catalogue and database. Glasgow: University of Glasgow Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, CD-ROM.' Antiquity (79). p. 305.
Gore, Charles (2000) 'Art and Power: review of African Royal Court Art by Michèle Coquet; Jane Marie Todd.' The Journal of African History, 41 (1). pp. 140-141.
Gore, Charles (2000) 'Review of ‘Religion, Health and Suffering’, (eds.) Hinnells, J.R. and Porter, R.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 6 (3). p. 527.
Gore, Charles (1999) 'Review of 'Dawn to Dusk: Folk Tales from Benin' by Iro Eweka.' Africa: Journal of the International African Institute, 69 (3). pp. 478-479.
Gore, Charles (2013) 'Review of 'Grayson Perry: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsmen', British Museum, London, October 2011-February 2012.' African Arts, 46 (3). African Studies Center, University of California. pp. 90-93.
Gore, Charles (2012) 'We Face Forward: Art from West Africa Today [Exhibition].' In: We Face Forward: Art from West Africa Today. Times Higher Education (2054). pp. 44-45.
Gore, Charles (2006) 'Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent [Exhibition].' In: Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent [Exhibition]. Journal of Museum Ethnography (18). Museum Ethnographers Group. pp. 174-177.