Previous Years


Fall 2019

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

Wednesday October `14 at 1pm for our informal welcome back 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).

Click here to see the full schedule.

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

Click here for more information and to access the texts.

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.



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

Professor Fromont will be participating via Skype.

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

A light lunch will be served.


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.





Fall 2018

Sunday November 4th, 2018 (Related event): Gurumbé: Afro-Andalusian Memories, at the Logan Center, Screening Room.

Film screening: 5-7pm

Flamenco Performance: 7-8pm

Monday, November 5th, 2018: Public conversation with the director and dancer of Gurumbé (Miguel Ángel Rosales and Yinka Esi Graves) about the film and subject matter of Gurumbé. Facilitated by Professor Larissa Brewer-García.

Center for Identity and Inclusion Conference Room, 5710 S. Woodlawn Ave.

12pm-1:20pm. A light lunch will be served.

Monday, November 19th, 2018: Reading Group meeting on Christina Sharpe, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (Duke, 2016) at CSRPC first floor conference room, 12pm-1:20pm. A light lunch will be served.

Friday, December 7rd, 2018: Workshop on pre-circulated paper by Professor Agnes Lugo-Ortiz at the CSRPC first floor conference room, 12pm-1:20pm.


Winter 2019

Thursday, January 10th

Public lecture by Kathryn Joy McKnight: “Battling for Definition: Healing and Gender among Afro-Iberian Herbalists in 17th-Century Cartagena de Indias.”

Foster 103 (1130 E. 59th St), 12:30pm-1:50pm. A light lunch will be served.

(Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies)


Thursday, January 10th (Related Event)

Public conversation with Kathryn Joy McKnight, “Archival Interventions: A conversation about publishing and teaching archives of people of African descent in the Americas.”

Kelly 114, 4pm-5pm. Light refreshments will be served.

(Co-sponsored by the Romance Languages Department and the Humanities Diversity Committee.)


Friday, January 25th

Workshop on pre-circulated paper by Professor Emily Osborn (History), “Coloring the Slave Trade Red:  Cochineal, Cloth, and the Making of the Atlantic World.” There’s no pre-circulated paper for this event.

CSRPC First Floor Conference Room, 12:15pm-1:45pm. A light lunch will be served.


March 15th

Reading Group meeting conducted by Barbara Weinstein (NYU) on three short texts: Frank Tannenbaum, Slave and Citizen (1947); Alejandro de la Fuente, “From Slaves to Citizens? Tannenbaum and the Debates on Slavery, Emancipation, and Race Relations in Latin America;” and “Slavery and the Law: A Reply;” and Bianca Premo, “An Equity Against the Law: Slave Rights and Creole Jurisprudence in Spanish America.”

Foster 103, 12pm-1:30. A light lunch will be served.


Spring 2019

Monday, April 8th

Conversation about the Tannenbaum Debate and Afro-Latin American Studies Today with Herman Bennett, professor of History at the City University of New York (CUNY).

John Hope Franklin Room (Social Sciences 224), 12:30pm-2pm.

Lunch will be served.

(Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies)


Monday, April 8th

“African Kings and Black Slaves: Sovereignty and Dispossession in the Early Modern Atlantic”

Book talk by Herman Bennett, professor of History at the City University of New York (CUNY)

Social Sciences Tea Room, 5pm.

A reception will follow.

(Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the  African Studies Program and the Department of History)


Wednesday, April 17th

Reading group meeting to discuss Tina Campt, Listening to Images (Duke, 2017); and Maurie McInnis, Slaves Waiting for Sale (UChicago Press, 2011).

Classics 110, 12:30pm-2pm.

Lunch will be served.


Friday, May 17th

Workshop on pre-circulated paper by Professor Chris Taylor (English), titled “Divine Servitude against the Work of Man: Dispossessive Subjects and Exoduses to and from Property.” Professor Adom Getachew (Political Sciences) will be the discussant. We will circulate the paper a week before the event.

Classics 110, 12:30pm-2pm.

Lunch will be served.


May 21st (Related Event)

“Black Mirror in Golden Age Spain: Juan Latino, Diego Velázquez, and the Poetics of Self,” talk by Maxim Rigaux, Fulbright and Belgian American Educational Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow.

Wieboldt 408, 5pm.

Light refreshments will be served.






March 2018

Traveling Colloquium to Paris and NantesJournées d’études sur l’esclavage et les cultures visuelles

March 22nd: Public Lecture by Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby (University of California, Berkeley), “Ingre’s Creoles (Secrets),” at the University of Chicago Center in Paris



Fall 2016

October 11th: Reading Group Discussion of Simon Gikandi’s Slavery and the Culture of Taste (2011)

October 27: Public Lecture by Simon Gikandi (Princeton University), “The Spaces of Enslavement: Rethinking the Architecture of the Castle/Dungeon”

October 28th: Workshop Discussion with Simon Gikandi


Winter 2017

February 14th: Public lecture by Carmen Fracchia (University of London), “Picturing the Emergence of the Emancipatory Subject and the Formation of the Black Nation in Seventeenth-Century Spain”

February 15th: Workshop Discussion with Carmen Fracchia (University of London)

February 22th: Reading Group Discussion of Melissa Fuentes’ Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive (U of Pennsylvania Press, 2016) and the introduction and first chapter in Umi McMillan’s Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance (NYU Press, 2015).


Spring 2017

April 13h: Public Lecture by Anne Lafont (French National Institute of Art History in Paris), “How did Skin Color become a Racial Marker ? The Contribution of Art in the Eighteenth Century”

April 14th: Workshop Discussion with Anne LaFont

May 22nd: Reading Group Discussion of Hortense J. Spillers’s 1987 essay “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book”