[Blackstudies-l] Call for Papers: Visualizing Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean, 16th-19th Centuries

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ivetteromero posted: " Here is a call for papers for a one-day
conference—Visualizing Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean, 16th
to 19th centuries—to be held on May 29, 2018, at the Institute of Latin
American Studies, School of Advanced Study, London, United Kingdon."
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Visualizing Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean, 16th-19th
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*Here is a call for papers for a one-day conference—Visualizing Blackness
in Latin America and the Caribbean, 16th to 19th centuries—to be held on
May 29, 2018, at the Institute of Latin American Studies, School of
Advanced Study, London, United Kingdon. The deadline for abstracts is
January 31, 2018. The keynote speakers are Tamara J. Walker (University of
Toronto) and Alejandro de la Fuente (Harvard University). *

*Description/Guidelines*: Recent years have witnessed a rich wave of
scholarship examining representations of Blackness in the visual cultures
of the Atlantic world. This avenue of enquiry is particularly germane to
Latin America and the Caribbean, home to the world’s largest African
diasporic populations. Whilst the theme of black people’s invisibility is
deeply inscribed in both the history and scholarship of the region, the
study of visual and material culture presents new avenues for understanding
both the complexities of the black experience, and the ways in which
notions of Blackness and peoples of African descent have indelibly shaped
the cultures and societies of Latin America and the Caribbean.

This conference invites scholars to reflect on the ways in which Blackness
was imagined in the cultural production of the hispanophone, lusophone, and
francophone Americas, from the 16th to the 19th centuries. We use Blackness
in its broadest sense, encompassing its hegemonic configuration as a
signifier of difference, its articulation as a largely fluid category
across Latin America and the Caribbean, and its transformative capacity
through acts of agency, self-fashioning and political and cultural
resistance.

We seek to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars working
across the fields of visual and material culture, art history, cultural
studies and history to explore the multiplicity of meanings ascribed to
Blackness across the region; from early modern, colonial conceptions rooted
in lineage and bloodlines, to the pseudo-scientific construction of race as
an immutable, material and biological ‘fact’ in the 19th century. We invite
papers that explore the myriad ways in which Blackness is configured and
remade, through representations of Afro-descendants in the visual arts, and
the production and use of material culture in black self-fashioning and
collective identities.

Possible themes or lines of inquiry include, but are not limited to:

   -     Strategies of self-representation and self-fashioning
   -     Patronage, taste, display, and consumption
   -     Religious culture and black sanctity
   -     Enlightenment discourses, classification and the disciplinary gaze
   -     Slavery and abolition
   -     Republican iconographies and national imaginaries: regional
   ideologies of *mestizaje*, *mesticagem*, *mulataje* and creole
   nationalism
   -     Visibility, hyper-visibility and invisibility
   -     Whitening, browning and blackening
   -     Imperial contexts and transatlantic themes/precedents

We welcome proposals for 20 minute presentations. Please send an abstract
of up to 250 words and a CV to Helen Melling and Kathryn Santner at
visualizingblackness at gmail.com by 31 January 2018. Candidates will be
informed of acceptance by 15th February.

For further information, please see the conference website: https://
visualizingblackness.wordpress.com/

Contact Email: visualizingblackness at gmail.com

URL: http://visualizingblackness.wordpress.com



[Painting above : “Los tres mulatos de Esmeraldas” by Andrés Sánchez Galque
(Ecuador, active ca. 1599), Museo Nacional del Prado.]
*ivetteromero <http://repeatingislands.com/author/ivetteromero/>* | January
14, 2018 at 1:55 pm | Tags: Alejandro de la Fuente
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