Portraiture and Enslavement: A Transatlantic Account

Agnes Lugo-Ortiz

November 18, 2013

Event Description

Slave Portraiture in the Atlantic World is the first book to focus on the individualized portrayal of enslaved people from the time of Europe’s full engagement with plantation slavery in the late sixteenth century to its official abolition in Brazil in 1888. Agnes Lugo-Ortiz will reflect upon the intellectual concerns that gave birth to the project and the inquiries it engages, the conceptual challenges that emerge from the juxtaposition of these seemingly antithetical notions of "enslavement" and "portraiture," as well as the questions that remain to be pursued.   


Agnes Lugo-Ortiz is associate professor of Latin American and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures at the University of Chicago. She is currently working on a book-length project on the visual culture of slavery in colonial Cuba. 


Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for Race & Gender Studies, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.