Slavery and Visual Culture Working Group | 2016-17

Working Group on Slavery and Visual Culture website

The newly created Working Group on Slavery and Visual Culture at the University of Chicago has been formed to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of research on the visual imagining of slavery and the slave trade as well as on the production and usage of images and material objects by enslaved peoples and slaveholders. Our goal is to explore the multivalent relationships between slavery and visuality, investigating themes such as the mechanics and disruptions of the disciplinary gaze in slave societies and societies with slaves; trans-historical comparative approaches to the study of visuality under slavery; visual culture and its connections to regimes of racialized enslavement in modernity; and the roles played by the visual logics of slavery in processes of self-fashioning and the accumulation of (visual/cultural) capital.

This group is sponsored by several units at the University of Chicago: the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture; the Franke Institute for the Humanities; the France Chicago Center; the Center for Latin American Studies; and the Departments of Art History, History, and Romance Languages and Literatures.

It is organized by Professors Larissa Brewer-García (Romance Languagues and Literatures), Cécile Fromont (Art History), and Agnes Lugo-Ortiz (Romance Languagues and Literatures), and coordinated by Emily Lord Fransee (PhD Candidate, History). 

All events are free and open to the public. 

 

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PREVIOUS EVENTS

Mon, May 22, at 4.30pm | Reading Group Discussion of the 1987 essay by Hortense J. Spillers entitled "Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: An American Grammar Book"  
CSRPC, First Floor Seminar Room
5733 S University Ave

Fri, Apr 14, at 10am | Anne Lafont (University of East Paris/Marne-la-Vallée)
CSRPC, First Floor Seminar Room
5733 S University Ave

Thu, Apr 13, at 4.30pm | Anne Lafont (University of East Paris/Marne-la-Vallée) on “How Skin Color became a Racial Marker? The Contribution of Art in the Eighteenth Century” 
Cochrane-Woods Art Center, Room 157
5540 S Greenwood Ave

Wed, Feb 22, at 4.30pm |  Reading Group Discussion of Marisa Fuentes’ "Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive" and Umi McMillan's "Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance" 
CSRPC, First Floor Seminar Room
5733 S University Ave

Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 10am | Workshop with Carmen Fracchia (Birkbeck, University of London)
CSRPC, Community Room
5733 S University Ave

Tue, Feb 14, 2017, at 5pm | Carmen Fracchia (Birkbeck, University of London) on “Picturing the Emergence of the Emancipatory Subject and the Formation of the Black Nation in Seventeenth-Century Spain"
Cochrane-Woods Art Center, Room 157
5540 S Greenwood Ave

Fri, Oct 28, 2016, at 10am | Workshop with Simon Gikandi (Princeton) 
CSRPC, First Floor Seminar Room
5733 S University Ave

Thu, Oct 27, 2016, at 5.30pm | Simon Gikandi (Princeton) on "The Space of Enslavement: Rethinking the Architecture of the Castle/Dungeon"
Franke Institute for the Humanities, Conference Room
1100 E 57th St

Tue, Oct 11, 2016, at 4.30pm | Reading Group Discussion of with Simon Gikandi's (Princeton) "Slavery and the Culture of Taste"
CSRPC, Community Room
5733 S University Ave