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Subjects and Subjection: Archives and the Soul in the Formation 'Blackness' in Eighteenth-Century Spanish America

When: Thursday, March 23, 2023, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Montagu Lecture Theatre, GC601, Queen Mary University of London Mile End Road London E1 4NS


IHSS Global Professorial Fellow Lecture - Professor Herman Bennett

This talk employs the familiar philosophical framing, Subject and Subjection, to query what unintended consequences arose in the eighteenth century through earlier African-Christian encounters in the New World?

But as this lecture on eighteenth-century Spanish America illustrates, confining subjection to a form of overdetermination risks reducing formations of blackness to a mere negation thereby losing sight of experiences that exceeded the limits of early-modern governance and the emergence late colonial black subjects.

About the Speaker

Herman Bennett, Distinguished Professor of History, American Studies, Global Early Modern Studies, and Africana Studies at the City University of New York and IHSS Global Professorial Fellow at Queen Mary University of London.

About the event

Professor Amanda Vickery will chair this event.

A drinks reception reception will follow the lecture.

All are welcome, but please register to join via Eventbrite.

This event is co-organised with the Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Queen Mary University of London.

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