Colloque – « Abolitionism and the Arts in the Long Eighteenth Century » – 6 mai 2023

Colloque « Abolitionism and the Arts in the Long Eighteenth Century », Columbia University, New York, et en ligne, 6 mai 2023.

« Opposition to slavery and the slave trade permeated the art worlds of literature, music, and visual art in the long eighteenth century. Europeans and Americans composed poetic critiques of the slave trade, sang songs of sympathy for enslaved people, and engraved images that asserted the common humanity of Africans and Europeans. This one-day interdisciplinary symposium, to be held at Columbia University on May 6, 2023, brings together musicologists, literary and theater scholars, art historians, and historians to think through the connections between the arts and the history of abolitionism in the Atlantic world. Symposium participants will present research that is grounded in their own disciplines but that speaks to wider historical questions, e.g.:

  • What approaches did writers, musicians, and artists take to the problems of slavery and the slave trade?
  • In what ways did their creative activities subvert or reinscribe stereotypes about Africans and African-descended people?
  • How did the materiality of the objects they produced—musical scores, teapots, broadsides—affect the types of abolitionist messages they promoted?
  • Did these political artworks complement or stray from the official strategies of organizations such as the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade? »

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