2019-2020 Schedule

Spring 2020

The Slavery and Visual Culture Working Group is holding two virtual events in the Spring quarter:

Monday, May 25, 2-3pm CT

Reading Group (on Zoom) on Alejandro de la Fuente’s “Afro-Latin American Art,” published in Afro-Latin American Studies: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2018), edited by Alejandro de la Fuente and George Reid Andrews.

Registration for this meeting is required. Please click here to register.

Click here for more information and to download the text.

Tuesday, June 16, 2-3pm CT 

Open discussion (on Zoom) on the recent insurgency against public memorializations of white supremacy. The goal of our discussion will be to generate questions that these performances ask or open up.






Winter 2020

Thursday, Feb. 6

Public Lecture by Nicholas Mirzoeff (NYU): “Whiteness Falls in the Shattered City”

Classics 110, 5pm

A reception will follow.


Friday, Feb. 7

Seminar with Nicholas Mirzoeff (NYU) on the first chapter of The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality (Duke, 2011), to be read in advance.

Foster 103, 11:30am-1pm

A light lunch will be served.


Friday, Feb. 21

Faculty Workshop with Andrei Pop (Art History and Social Thought).

“Sugar, Slavery, and Subjectivity: On Henry Fuseli’s Oroonoko and Several Others”

Discussant: Sarah Johnson (English)

Foster 103, 11:30am-1pm

A light lunch will be served.


Thursday, March 12 (CANCELLED)

Book presentation and lecture by Cécile Fromont (Art History, Yale) on her newly-edited volume, Afro-Catholic Festivals in the Americas: Performance, Representation, and the Making of Black Atlantic Tradition (Penn State, 2019).

Classics 110, 5pm


Friday, March 13 (CANCELLED)

Seminar with Cécile Fromont (Art History, Yale) on selections of Afro-Catholic Festivals in the Americas: Performance, Representation, and the Making of Black Atlantic Tradition (Penn State, 2019), with pre-circulated readings. Click here to download the text. To get the password, please email fraga@uchicago.edu.

Professor Fromont will be participating via Skype.

John Hope Franklin (SSRB 224), 11:30am-1pm

A light lunch will be served.


Fall 2019

October 2nd-4th: John Hope Franklin Lecture Series — Slavery and Its Afterlives (Related event)

  • “Madwomen on the Slave Ship, Reproduction and Racial Capitalism” (October 2 – SSRB 122 – 4:30 PM). Jennifer Morgan, professor of history and chair of the department of social and cultural analysis at New York University (NYU).
  • “Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War” (October 3 – SSRB 122 – 4:30 PM). Vincent Brown, the Charles Warren Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard.
  • “Slavery and its Afterlives” (October 4 – 10 AM – Classics 110): Roundtable discussion moderated by Destin Jenkins, UChicago’s Neubauer family assistant professor of history. The panelists will include Brown, Morgan, and four UChicago scholars: Adam Green (History), Julie Saville (History), Brodwyn Fischer (History), and Sarah Jessica Johnson (English).

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Friday, October 11th — 11am-12:30pm: Legacies of Slavery: An Interdisciplinary Roundtable

@ Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge (5737 S. University), room 104

With Christopher Allison, John Clegg, Honey Crawford, John Harpham, and Agnes Lugo-Ortiz (discussant)

In this roundtable discussion, current Harper-Schmidt fellows will briefly introduce their work on the question of slavery—it’s origins and legacy—before opening a discussion of how to approach that question across the broad range of disciplines that make up the Society of Fellows.
Co-hosted by the Society of Fellows and the Slavery and Visual Cultures Workshop. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture

Tuesday, October 29th — 5pm-6:30pm: Reading Group on Slavery and Visual Culture

Two texts from Slave Portraiture in the Atlantic World (edited by Angela Rosenthal and Agnes Lugo-Ortiz):

  • “Introduction: Envisioning Slave Portraiture,” by Angela Rosenthal and Agnes Lugo-Ortiz
  • “Looking for Scipio Moorhead: An ‘African Painter’ in Revolutionary North America,” By Eric Slauter

@ Rosenwald 405

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Refreshments will be provided.

Friday, November 22nd — 12:30pm-2pm: Faculty Workshop: Kaneesha Parsard (Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow in English)

“Is the ‘Coolie Group’ a Bargaining Unit?”

@ CSRPC First-Floor Conference Room (5733 S. University Ave)

Click here to access and download Parsard’s paper (password: bargain)

Lunch will be provided.

Thursday, December 5th — 12:30pm-2pm: Guest Faculty Workshop: Miguel Valerio (Assistant Professor of Spanish, Washington University in Saint Louis)

@ Foster 103 (please note the room change)

Click here to download Valerio’s paper. Password: festival.

Lunch will be provided.

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