This symposium addresses questions such as how racial identities and alterities were represented in different archive cultures; how different archival technologies shaped, reproduced and organized racial categories; how information gathering, keeping, using, preserving, concealing participated in politics of race.
Normally, we organize the symposium over two or three full days. However, all-day meetings over Zoom are extremely tiring, and also challenging to organize given that participants are located in various time-zones. Therefore, we decided to extend the symposium over two quarters, from October to March, and to hold the online talks during our regular Wednesday lunch slots (12:00-1:15 PM PST). Each week, we will host a speaker who presents a paper on race in the archive, followed by a short response by another scholar and Q&A. Please note that Nicholas Jones’ talk is scheduled on Monday the 2nd of February and not on a Wednesday. The symposium's keynote lecture, "The Rise of ‘Race’ in the West African Archive," will be given by Michael Gomez, Silver Professor and Professor of History and Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies at NYU, on November 18. On December 9, there will be a panel discussion organized by our graduate students discussing the question of race in academia.
Please contact CMEMS Graduate Coordinator Farah Bazzi at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend these talks via Zoom.
Overview of the Talks:
The Racialization of Gender in Byzantine Texts
Race and Censorship in the Siku Quanshu Project
Ordering Populations in New Spain: Race, Inheritance, and Difference the Matricula de Huexotzinco, c. 1560
The Suppression of Indigenous and Muslim Participation in a Mexican Manuscript: Christanization and Racialization of the Colonial Archive
The Rise of 'Race' in the West African Archive
White Futurity and Racialized Reproduction in the Reception of Catherine of Braganza in England
Race in Academia
Racial Categorization and Slave Status in Fifteenth Century Genoa
Indexing the Racial World of Arabic Epics
The Global middle Ages at the Morgan: Belle da Costa Greene and MS M. 723
Reading Race in Medieval Castile and the Modern Temptations of the Medieval Image
Locating Black Women in Early Modern Iberian Archives
Racial Categories in the Portuguese Inquisition Papers on West Africa-XVII century
La Faula and the Archives: Race, Violence, and Mallorca
Early Modern Ottoman Africana Literature at the Intersection of Gender and Race