Imagining Race in Early Europe: from Antiquity to the Renaissance
Faculty participants: Stephanie Bahr, Katherine Terrell, Anne Feltovich, John Eldevik
This series will illuminate conceptions of race and identity in Europe before the height of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, engaging questions like: how did early Europeans theorize what we now call ‘race’?; where and how did Europeans and non-Europeans encounter each other?; how did perceptions of race change from antiquity to the renaissance?; and how did people of color respond to, shape, and participate in European cultures, economies, and developing theories of difference? Modern assumptions about the history of race in Europe often project onto the more distant past narratives of race that are distorted by the trans-Atlantic slave trade and white supremacy. This series will disrupt such problematic narratives and offer the community a more vibrant and accurate picture of early theories of race and difference in Europe during antiquity, the middle ages, and renaissance.
In collaboration with our colleagues in Burke Library, the Humanities Center is excited to announce a new series, the Humanities Salon, Library Edition, featuring informal talks by Hamilton faculty on books in Special Collections. For more information go to New Programs on this website.
The Humanities will also host talks by guest scholars TBA
We will also host faculty talks TBA.