The Text of the Body: Art, Technology, Slavery. and Empire in 19th-century Visual Culture (NeMLA Seminar Session)
42nd Annual Convention
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, New Jersey
This seminar session* seeks papers on the intersections between transatlantic representations and discourses of slavery and empire in the 19th century. How did aesthetics/new print and photographic developments affect the ways in which enslaved persons/colonial subjects were portrayed? What sorts of national investments do such images and their publishing contexts imply? How do these representations elide/align with constructions of self by enslaved or subjugated persons? 300-500 word abstracts and brief bios to Joy Bracewell, email@example.com by September 1.
*In lieu of the panel format, the 5-10 participants for the seminar will complete and circulate their papers prior to the convention. Instead of reading papers, participants give a brief presentation of their work, with the session focused on structured exchange between the participants.