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Carmen Fracchia

Professor of Hispanic Art History

Laurea (Siena), PhD (London)

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E-mail: c.fracchia@bbk.ac.uk
Tel: 020 7631 6147

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UPCOMING EVENTS

http://www.bbk.ac.uk/languages/our-staff/carmen-fracchia/fracchiaFRIDAY 2 OCTOBER @ 7PM. UT PICTURA POESIS: I will be in conversation with art historian Michael Ohajuru about my book 'Black but Human': Slavery and Visual Arts in Hapsburg Spain, 1480-1700 (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2019), in an evening of Poetry, Art and Art History with visual artist Victoria Burgher, poets Kadija Sesai -Gonzálezand Mark Thompson, to celebrate Black History Month at the University of Lincoln, UK. Organised by Dr Laura Fernández-González.http://www.bbk.ac.uk/languages/our-staff/carmen-fracchia/fracchia

16 OCTOBER  @12.45-13.30. Research Workshop, From Presence to Action: Black Africans’ Agency in Early Modern Spain, University of Oxford. 15-16 October. I will be giving my paper The construction of agency in the early modern Spanish visual field at the The event will be held via TEAMS. Time-slots show UK time.

28 OCTOBER @ 5PM. Medieval/Renaissance Forum, History of Art Department.  Yale University and The Gilder-Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. I will be presenting my book 'Black but Human': Slavery and Visual Arts in Hapsburg Spain, 1480-1700 (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2019).

26 NOVEMBER @ 3PM. Cambridge Early Modern World History Seminar. University of Cambridge. Erin Kathleen Rowe and I will be presenting our recent books: Black Saints in Early Global Modern  Catholicism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019) and 'Black but Human':  Slavery and Visual Arts in Hapsburg Spain, 1480-1700 (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2019).

WATCH THIS SPACE:

  • CHANNEL 5 DOCUMENTARY GREAT PAINTINGS OF THE WORLD WITH ANDREW MARR: My interview for the Velazquez episode is part of this series. It is being rescheduled. Dates to be announced.

RECENT EVENTS

  • VIDEO DEBATE: 24 JULY. I was invited  by the University of Chicago to the virtual discussion (in Spanish) about the legacy of Cervantes in the public space, Black Lives Matter, toppling of monuments, etc, with Nicholas Jones (Bucknell U.), Chad Leahy (Denver U.), Miguel Martínez (U. Chicago), José Manuel Lucía Mejías (U. Complutense), María Antonia Garcés (Cornell U.), Almudena Vidorreta (Haverford C.), Miguel Ángel Rosales (Director de Cine), Carmen Fracchia (Birckbeck C.).

VIDEO INTERVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btNl797g_Nk

  • Following the death of George Floyd on 25 May 2020, see my Birkbeck Blog:

http://blogs.bbk.ac.uk/bbkcomments/2020/06/12/how-long-do-we-need-to-wait-to-acknowledge-that-black-people-are-no-longer-our-slaves/

  • See the same article 'Cuántos crímenes más como el de George Floyd tienen que ocurrir en Estados Unidos para enterrar el racismo', written in Spanish and published in FRONTERASD:

https://www.fronterad.com/cuantos-crimenes-mas-como-el-de-george-floyd-tienen-que-ocurrir-en-estados-unidos-para-enterrar-el-racismo

  • NEW BOOK

REVIEWS OF CARMEN FRACCHIA'S BOOK, 'Black but Human': Slavery and Visual Arts in Hapsburg Spain, 1480-1700 (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2019), 256 pages. ISBN  9780198767978

"Fracchia gives the voice and the views of the enslaved unlike any book on art from the period I have read, specifically she builds on the conventional academic scholarship of Victor Stoichita's chapter in Image of the Black in Western Art, she gives expression and humanity to the black enslaved, as well as consistently recognising slavery as a crime against humanity - sympathetically considering the enslaved and ex-enslaved Afro-Hispanics Black but Human." - BlackMagus Blog

"Almost every page has some new, revealing insights....I whole heartedly recommended this book, unreservedly." - Michael Ohajuru, Black Africans in Renaissance Europe

"A wonderful, scholarly, imaginative and necessary work [...] It profoundly develops our understanding of the semiotic construction of the black body [...] The work on the miracle of the black leg is extraordinary. [...] It has finally done justice to Velazquez, Juan de Pareja [...]This book has made available a hitherto neglected mini archive within the study of the visual cultures generated by Atlantic slavery." - Marcus Wood, University of Sussex

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