Slavery and Visual Culture Colloquium – Journées d’études sur l’esclavage et les cultures visuelles

Collaborative Colloquium in France in March 2018


Left: members of the seminar at Nantes’ Memorial of the Abolition of Slavery (photo Chiming Yang)

Right: Slavicult traveling seminar at the Musee du Quai Branly-Jacques-Chirac with curator Gaëlle Beaujean (Photo: Larissa Brewer-Garcia)

After a successful first year of events on the University of Chicago campus in the academic year of 2016-2017, the Slavery and Visual Culture Working Group hosted a 3-day colloquium in France in March of 2018. This three-day colloquium brought together University of Chicago faculty members, distinguished faculty from other international universities for three days of presenting research, visiting local collections, and developing focused discussions and future research projects related to the objects, institutions, and spaces visited in Paris and Nantes, once one of France’s most important slave trading ports, and now a node in the country’s efforts toward the promotion of the memory of the trade. The format of this event was designed to provide time and space for vigorous intellectual exchange.

Core Participants:

Agnes Lugo-Ortiz, Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago

Alejandro Gómez, Latin American History and civilisations, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3

Beatriz Balanta, art history, SMU

Cécile Fromont, art history, University of Chicago

Chi-Ming Yang, English, University of Pennsylvania

Danielle Ropper, Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago

Larissa Brewer-García, Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago

Lilia Moritz Schwarcz, History, Universidade de São Paulo

Rachel Engmann, African Studies, Hampshire College and Director, Christiansborg Archaeological Heritage Project (CAHP)


Also joined us for part of the event:

Anne Lafont, directrice d’étude, EHESS, Paris

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, art history, UC Berkeley

Gaëlle Beaujean, Musée du Quai Branly Jacques Chirac

Laure de Margerie, Director/Directrice French Sculpture Census/Répertoire de sculpture française,

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