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Friday, December 3, 2021 9:30am

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The increased relevance of visual culture within contemporary life has correlated with a rise in scholarly attention to visual production. This symposium taps into this widespread shift towards the visual, exploring recent developments in scholarly studies that argue for the centrality of visual arts to the question of race. It brings together a group of scholars whose works aim to rethink their fields from the perspectives, experiences, and struggles of Africans and African descendants, questioning scholarly traditions that have been shaped by inequality and exclusion.

The panels explore the role of visual arts as a key force in the making of political and social life: In the production of racialized identities, the (un)making of colonization and the decolonial, the power of archives and art museums in shaping structures of racial inequality, among other issues.

  • Michèle Lamont, Faculty Associate; Chair, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion. Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies; Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies, Departments of Sociology and African and African American Studies, Harvard University
  • Cary Aileen García YeroAffiliate, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, University of Toronto (2021-2022); PhD, Department of History, Harvard University
  • A.K.M. SkarpelisAffiliate, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion (2018-2021). NOMIS Fellow, Center for the Theory and History of the Image, University of Basel (2021-2022)
  • Bárbaro Martínez-RuizLeverhulme Distinguished Professor and Senior Fellow, St. Anthony's College, University of Oxford
  • Laura WexlerProfessor of American Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Yale University
  • Zoe SamudziPostdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Francisco
  • Mirjam BrusiusResearch Fellow, German Historical Institute London
  • Matthew VollgraffResearch Associate, Warburg Institute
  • Kevin ColemanAssociate Professor, Department of Historical Studies, University of Toronto
  • Tamara WalkerAssociate Professor, Department of History, University of Toronto
  • Abigail Lapin DardashtiAssistant Professor in Art History, University of California, Irvine
  • Ximena GómezAssistant Professor of American Art, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Kleber AmancioProfessor, Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia
  • Suzanne BlierFaculty Associate. Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts, Department of History of Art and Architecture; Professor of African and African American Studies, Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

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