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Classics Presents... Dr. Sinclair Bell: "How to do the Archaeology of 'Race' in Roman Empire..."

When:
Monday, January 31, 2022
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
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Sinclair Bell,  Professor in the Department of Art History at Northern Illinois University, School of Art and Design

How to do the Archaeology of "Race" in the Roman Empire: Novel Approaches to Ancient Objects
The representation of foreign cultures with manifest “racial” differences, such as unfamiliar physical traits or strange-seeming ethnic customs, has been a longstanding and often visceral site for human artistic expression. The visual and material culture of the Roman Empire (c. 100 BCE-200 CE) provides a particularly abundant record of such cultural encounters, which render visible complex formulations of foreignness, social hierarchy, and power.

This lecture focuses on how Roman artists represented Aethiopians (Black Africans) in different visual media, and explores issues related to the patronage, production, and viewership of these works. It looks at the conventions of their imagery, the critical axioms of their study, and their contemporary re-presentation in a museum setting.

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free
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