Black African Spain in the time of Murillo
LUIS MÉNDEZ RODRÍGUEZ University of Seville (Spain)
Friday, 24 February 2017, 6.00-7.30pm
Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
This talk analyzes the cultural history of slavery and the Black African presence in the Spain of the Golden Age, in relation to the paintings of Murillo. During the seventeenth century, Spanish culture had a greater influence of the black population. This paper studies the concept of identity and visibility in Hispanic society and culture, through the presence in the baroque festival of black populations, the theatrical representations in which they conformed as a social role and their presence in the artistic field. It studies the role of the slaves in painting workshops and how they appeared in art. Finally, the paper explores how Murillo had slaves and participated as Velázquez in the formation of a slave painter, in his case called Sebastián Martínez. The talk also covers how Murillo painted the black African population living in Seville.
Luis Méndez Rodríguez holds a Doctorate in History of Art from the University of Seville, where he is Associate Professor of History of Art. His Phd thesis, analyzing Diego Velázquez and the Humanism Culture in Seville, was awarded the Focus Prize, and published in 2005. He completed his research training in the Hertziana Library in Rome, The Warburg Institute in London and the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm. His research has mainly been concerned with painting and culture in the Modern Age, the visual representation of slavery and black Africans in Spain, as well as the identity and Andalusian culture of the XIX. He directs the Research Group “Artistic Image of Andalusia”. He has curated the exhibitions “The photographic heritage of the province of Seville”, “Time in the look. The Photo Library of the University of Seville and the Cultural Heritage of its municipalities”(2012), “Carmona. History and Heritage “(2013), “Yesos. Gipsoteca of the University of Seville” (2015) and “Seville through the photography 1839-1929″(2016). He has been director of the Secretariat of Historical Artistic Heritage of the University of Seville (2014-2016) and is currently Director General of Culture and Heritage at the University of Seville.
3rd Islamic Archaeology Day 2017
(Jointly hosted by SOAS and UCL)
Saturday, 28 January 2017
UCL Institute of Archaeology, Room 612
31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY
Includes talks on al-Andalus!
We invite you to register online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/islamic-archaeology-day-2017-tickets-2953…. The registration fee of £10 (£5 for students) will cover lunch, refreshments and a wine reception. We would be very grateful if you could register as soon as possible and before Friday, January 20th so we can order the appropriate amount of sandwiches in time!
10:30 Registration and Coffee
11:00 Welcome & Introduction
Corisande Fenwick, Hugh Kennedy, Scott Redford, Tim Williams
11:15 Dehistan (Turkmenistan), archaeological evidence of a pilgrimage city
11:40 Islamic archaeology in the Moroccan Sahara: settlement dynamics in the Draa Valley
Corisande Fenwick, Maria Gatto, Louise Rayne, Martin Sterry, David Mattingly and Youssef Bokbot
12:05 Islamic archaeology in East Africa, challenges and obstacles
12:30 Citadels, Bazars and Shrines – An Overview of the Current State of Islamic Archaeology in Afghanistan
Arezou Azad and Andy Miller
1:00 Lunch (provided)
2:00 From Fustat to Merv: Revisiting the Beginnings and Technical Development of Islamic Glazed Wares
Moujan Matin, Oliver Watson, Michael Tite
2:25 Studying medieval Iranian world metalware: the ISLAMETAL project
2:50 Royal workshops: recent investigations into production at Madinat al-Zahra and the Alhambra.
Chloë N. Duckworth, Kate Welham, Derek Pitman, Alberto García Porras and David J. Govantes Edward
3:15 The yellow opaque glazes from Madinat al-Zahra (second half of the 10th century): a rare local production or an import?
Elena Salinas, Trinitat Pradell and Michael Tite
3:45 Tea break
4:15 Suburban life in early Islamic Jarash (Jordan): New evidence for urban development over the longue durée
4:40 The Islamic-Christian frontier in medieval central Iberia: new research at Molina de Aragón and Atienza
Guillermo García-Contreras Ruiz, Rowena Banerjea, Alex Brown and Aleks Pluskowski
5:05 The role of archaeology in the representation of Islamic Middle East: A European museum prospective
5:30 Archaeology of the Pearl-Fishing Towns of the Arabian Gulf: Case Studies in Globalization during the Late Islamic Period
6pm Reception in SCR.
7pm Dinner (at own expense) at local restaurant.
The Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies at Birkbeck
warmly invites you to the seminar
Nouvelle Vague Tango: Hugo Santiago’s Invasión
Brad Epps (University of Cambridge)
Tuesday 2 December 6.00pm, Room 417, Malet Street (entrance via Torrington Sq.), Birkbeck, University of London, Main Building, London WC1E 7HX
Invasión, one of the most celebrated and least seen and studied ‘cult’ films in the history of Argentine cinema, is rife with secrets, enigmas, and riddles, ellipses and tropes of estrangement. Its screenplay was written by Hugo Santiago, its director, in collaboration with Jorge Luis Borges, that master of conundrum and paradox, from a story penned by Borges in collaboration with his friend Adolfo Bioy Casares. This paper examines some of the political and aesthetic implications of a film in which sound and sight are anything but unobstructed, communication and perception anything but straightforward, meaning anything but clear, and identity anything but sure and stable.
Brad Epps is Professor of Spanish and Head of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Cambridge
For more details visit http://www.bbk.ac.uk/cilavs/events#Epps
All welcome, but registration is required. Please follow the link below to register.