Symposium 2020

Race in the Archives

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 bazzif@stanford.edu if you would like to attend these talks via Zoom. 

Overview of the Talks:

10/07 Roland Betancourt (UC Irvine)

The Racialization of Gender in Byzantine Texts 

10/14 Shao-Yun Yang (Denison University)

Race and Censorship in the Siku Quanshu Project

10/21 Mackenzie Cooley (Hamilton College)

Ordering Populations in New Spain: Race, Inheritance, and Difference the Matricula de Huexotzinco, c. 1560

11/04 Federico Navarrete Linares (Universidad Nacional Autónima de México)

The Suppression of Indigenous and Muslim Participation in a Mexican Manuscript: Christanization and Racialization of the Colonial Archive

11/18 Keynote Lecture by Michael Gomez (New York University)

The Rise of 'Race' in the West African Archive

12/02 Mira Kafantaris (Ohio State University) 

White Futurity and Racialized Reproduction in the Reception of Catherine of Braganza in England 

12/09  Graduate Student Panel

Race in Academia 

01/13 Hannah Barker (Arizona State University) 

Racial Categorization and Slave Status in Fifteenth Century Genoa 

01/20 Rachel Schine (University of Colorado-Boulder)

Indexing the Racial World of Arabic Epics

01/27 Sierra Lomuto (Rowan University)

The Global middle Ages at the Morgan: Belle da Costa Greene and MS M. 723

02/03 Pamela Patton (Princeton University)

Reading Race in Medieval Castile and the Modern Temptations of the Medieval Image 

02/08 Nicholas Jones (Bucknell university) 

Locating Black Women in Early Modern Iberian Archives 

02/17 Vanicléia Silva Santos (Universidade Federal of Minas Gerais) 

Racial Categories in the Portuguese Inquisition Papers on West Africa-XVII century

02/24 Nahir Otaño Gracia (University of New Mexico)

La Faula and the Archives: Race, Violence, and Mallorca

03/03 Baki Tezcan (UC Davis)

Early Modern Ottoman Africana Literature at the Intersection of Gender and Race