Friday, May 1

Franke Institute, JRL S-118

4:30pm – 6:00pm – Keynote Lecture

Agnes Lugo-Ortiz, Associate Professor, Department of Romance Languages,  University of Chicago, Slave Portraiture at the Limits of Emancipation: A Caribbean Counterpoint.


Saturday, May 2

Franke Institute, JRL S-118

8:30 – 9:00 Coffee and Pastries

9:00 – 9:10 – Introductions

9:10– 10:50 – Politics of Cloth and Color

Chair: Sophie White, Associate Professor of American Studies,  University of Notre Dame

Doris Garraway, Northwestern University, The Color of Haitian Kingship.

Cécile Fromont, University of Chicago, Common Threads: Cloth and Color across Cultures in Early Modern Kongo and Angola.

Colleen E. Kriger, UNC Greensboro, ‘Black and Blue’: Enduring Cultural Values of Indigo in Atlantic Africa.

10:50 – 11:05 – BREAK

11:05 – 12:45 Color and Slavery

Chair: Erin McCullugh, PhD Candidate, Department of History

Ingrid Greenfield, University of Chicago, There is no other law than the king’s appetites’: Conspicuous collecting on the Guinea coast, 1450-1650.

Antonio de Almeida Mendes, University of Nantes, France, Color and the perpetuation on the idea of slavery in Spain and Portugal (XV-XIX centuries.

Emily Lynn Osborn, University of Chicago, A Captivating Color: Red and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

12:45 – 1:30 – LUNCH

(Light lunch will be served for speakers and conference attendees)

1:30 – 2:45 – Coloring Religion

Chair: Catalina Ospina, Doctoral Student, University of Chicago, Art History Department

Barbara Anderson, New Mexico, Cochineal as Cultural Symbol in Painting and Literature, 16th – 19th century.

Mariza Soares, Fluminense Federal University, Brazil, The Meaning of Colors in Catholic Baroque Devotion.

2:45 – 3:00 – BREAK

3:00 – 4:15 – Race and Color

Chair: David Recksieck, Doctoral Student, University of Chicago, Art History Department

Hilary Jones,  Florida International University, Tracing a Discourse of Color: Race, Class and Sexuality in Senegambian Society.

 Alejandro Gomez, University of Lille, France, A Whiter Shade of Black.

4:15 – 5:30 – Roundtable Discussion and Drinks

Roundtable Chair and Discussant: Ramón A. Gutierrez, Preston & Sterling Morton Distinguished Service Professor in United States History and the College, Department of History, University of Chicago

Roundtable Discussant: Michael Rossi, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Chicago

 *** All interested students and scholars are welcome to attend the conference with on-site registration ***


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