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Articles

Chapters in books

    • 2018, March (forthcoming). 'Picturing the Afro-Hispanic Struggle for Freedom in Early Modern Spain', in Jerome C Branche (ed.), Post/Colonialism and the Pursuit of Freedom in the Black Atlantic. Routledge Studies on Black and African Diaspora.Oxford UK:  Routledge, Chapter 2.
    • 2017.‘The Place of African Slaves in Early Modern Spain’, in Andrew Spicer and Jane L. Stevens Crawshaw (eds.), The Place of the Social Margins, 1350-1750. Routledge Studies in Cultural History. Oxford UK: Routledge, 117-34.
    • 2014. ‘La mulata, de Velázquez’, in Aurelia Martín Casares and Rocío Periáñez Gómez (eds.), Mujeres esclavas y abolicionistas en la España de los siglos XVI-XIX. Madrid and Frankfurt: Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 17-32.

Books

    • ‘Black but Human’: Slavery and Art in Hapsburg Spain, 1480-1700 (In preparation).

Conference Organization

    • 24-25 November 2017.'Border Subjects/ Hispanisms'. Birkbeck University of London and the University of Pittsburg (USA). Birkbeck University of London.
    • 9-11 April 2015. ‘Portraiture and the Unworthy Subject in the Early Modern World’, convenor, session for the Annual Conference and Bookfair, Association of Art Historians, Sainsbury Institute for Art, University of East Anglia, Norwich.
    • 20-21 March 2015. Invited to chair for a session on the export of Italian sculpture to Spain and France during the Renaissance in the Robert H. Smith Conference ‘International Connections: Renaissance sculptors and their impact abroad’, Victoria and Albert Museum. London.
    • 9 July 2014. Invited discussant for the Robert H. Smith Renaissance Sculpture Symposium ‘Simulacra and Seriality: Spanish Renaissance Sculpture 1400-1600’, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
    • 9 January 2009. Invited discussant for lecture 'Intimate foreign eyes: satire and empathy in the Brazilian slave-art of Debret and Agostini' by Marcus Wood, Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS), School of Arts, Birkbeck University of London.

Media

    • CNN online, Invited to comment on ‘The controversial case of Liverpool striker Luis Suárez, after he was found to have racially abused the Manchester United player Patrice Evra’ (broadcast 21 /12 /2011):http://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/20/sport/football/suarez-racism/
    • BBC Radio 3, Night Waves, Invited to review the exhibition of Spanish painting and sculpture The Sacred Made Real at the National Gallery, live (broadcast 19/10/2009): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00n6yyd`

Selected conference papers and invited lectures

    • Sept. 2017. 'Afro-Hispanic Poems for Freedom in Early Modern Spain'. The Cathedral of Learning.The Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures. University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Public lecture.
    • June 2017. 'The Subjectivity of the Afro-Hispanic Slave-Painter Juan de Pareja'. International Symposium: Collegium For African American Research (CAAR). Diasporic Encounters, Subjectivities in Transit: Race, Gender, Religion and Sexualities in the African Diasporas. Panel 'From Andalusia to Veracruz: The Afrohispanic Presence', with Baltasar Fra-Molinero (Bates College, Maine, USA) and Karma Frierson (University of Chicago, USA). University of Málaga, Spain.
    • May 2017. 'Visualising the Slave-Ports of Barcelona and Valencia in Imperial Spain''. In: Transcultural Memories of Mediterranean Port Cities: 1850 to the Present. Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) / School of Advanced Study, Senate House, University of London, UK.
    • May 2017. ‘Juan de Pareja:  Slave-Painter at the Spanish Court in the Seventeenth Century’. The London Art History Society at the Art Workers' Guild, London, UK.
    • Feb. 2017. Workshop 'On my book-in-progress: 'Black but Human': Slavery and Art in Hapsburg Spain, 1480-1700'. Slavery and Visual Cultures Working Group. University of Chicago, USA.
    • Feb. 2017. 'Picturing the Emergence of the Emancipatory Subject and the Formation of the Black Nation in Seventeenth-Century Spain'. Slavery and Visual Cultures Working Group. University of Chicago, USA.  Public Lecture.
    • Nov. 2016. 'Picturing "Blackness" in Imperial Spain'. Symposium Reconfiguring Black Europe. Institute for Modern Languages Research, University of London, UK.
    • Nov. 2016. 'Depicting the emergence of the Afro-Hispanic  subject and the formation of the black nation in early modern Spain'.  Black-History Month Seminar Series. Department of English and Humanities. School of Arts, Birkbeck University of London, UK.
    • May 2016.  'Depicting the emergence of the Afro-Hispanic  subject and the formation of the black nation in early modern Spain'.  Research Seminar. Department of Cultures and Languages, School of Arts, Birkbeck University of London, UK.
    • April 2016. ‘From the Grave: The Desire to be Healed’. Symposium Silvering the Cerebrum, A Symposium investigating Art, Science and brain banking. UCLH Arts and Heritage. London National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, UK.
    • Nov. 2015.‘Picturing the Afro-Hispanic Struggle for Freedom in Early Modern Spain‘. Global Studies Center. (Post) Colonialism and the Pursuit of Freedom in the Black Atlantic. International Conference. Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, USA.
    • Oct. 2015. ‘Negros… pero humanos. Esclavitud y arte en la España Imperial.’Facultad de Letras y Filosofía. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico  (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico.
    • July 2015. 'The African Presence and Black Confraternities in Early Modern Spain’. Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race (TRRR) International Conference: Repairing Community: Faith-Based Responses to Racial Disparities and Conflict, Birkbeck, University of London,  UK.
    • May 2015. 'Black Slaves in Early Modern Spain: From Commodities to Freedom'. Early Modern Material Cultures Seminar,  Victoria & Albert / Royal College of Art. Senate House and the Institute of Historical Research, London, UK.
    • March 2015. ‘The Impact of the African Presence in Early Modern Spanish Portraiture’.  The Renaissance Society of America. Early Modern Hybridity and Globalization: Artistic and Architectural Exchange in the Iberian World. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.
    • Nov. 2013. ‘Whitening the African Body in Early Modern Spain’. Art in Translation: Translating Cultures in the Hispanic World. University of Edinburgh, UK.
    • Nov. 2013. ‘Velázquez and the case of his slave-painter Juan de Pareja’. St Dunstan’s College. London, UK.
    • March 2013. ‘The Visual Representation of Afro- Hispanic Slaves in Early Modern Spain’. Literature, Ideas and Society Seminars, Culture and Commodity, The Warburg Institute, London, UK.
    • May 2012. ‘La metamorfosis de Juan de Pareja’. International Symposium, Esclavitud, mestizaje y abolicionismo en el mundo hispánico: Horizontes Socio-culturales, University of Granada, Spain.
    • May 2012. ‘The Emergence of Early Modern Slavery and the Problematization of Whiteness in the Visual Form in Imperial Spain’. Old and New Ethnicities: Conflicts and Communities, Workshop, Departments of Applied Linguistics and Communication, European Cultures and Languages, Iberian and Latin American Studies, Birkbeck, University of London, UK.
    • March 2012. ‘Slavery and Slaves in Early Modern Spanish Visual Culture’.  On the Margins? Rethinking the Problem and Place of ‘Outsiders’ 1400- 1800. British Academy founded. St Anne’s College, Oxford, UK.
    • March 2012. ‘Slavery and Visual Culture in Imperial Spain’. Guest Lecture. European History 1500-1800 Seminar. Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London and Institute of Historical Research, University of London, Senate House, UK.
    • October  2011. ‘Slave Subjectivity in Imperial Spain’. Representations of Slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean, Southern Historical Association, Baltimore-Maryland, USA.
    • Sept. 2011. ‘Afro-hispanos en la pintura de Velázquez: la mulata y Juan de Pareja’. 3rd  Internacional Congress of Afroeurope@ns, Afroeurope@s: Culturas e Identidades’, University of Cadiz, Cadiz, Spain.
    • April  2011. ‘Slavery and Visuality in Imperial Spain: The Miracle of the Black Leg’. Guest Lecture. The Early Modern Society, Birkbeck, University of London, UK.
    • November 2010. ‘The Visual Formation of Slave Subjectivity in Spain’. Guest Lecture. Birkbeck Staff Renaissance Research Seminar, Birkbeck, University of London, UK.
    • October 2010. ‘The Subjectivity of Slaves in Imperial Spain: The Case of Slave Painter Juan de Pareja’. Guest Lecture. Research Seminar History of Art at the crossroad? Departments of History of Art and Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, UK.
    • April 2010. ‘The Image of Colonial Mexico in Hampshire: the Braemore Casta Paintings’. 36th Annual Conference of Art Historians (AAH), Insular Preconceptions? The Arts of Iberia and Latin America and their Reception in Britain, University of Glasgow, UK.
    • July 2009. ‘El problema del blanqueamiento en las imágenes del afro-hispano en la España Imperial y en Nueva España’. Guest Speaker, 53rd International Congress of Americanists (ICA), The Peoples of the Americas: Change and Continuity, Mexico City, Mexico.
    • June 2009. ‘Questioning Slavery in Spain and New Spain’. International Conference LASA (Latin American Studies Association), Rethinking Inequalities, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
    • June 2009. ‘El esclavo negroafricano en las imágenes españolas de los Santos Cosme y Damián’. International Workshop, Los negroafricanos y sus descendientes en España (1492-1866), University of Granada, Spain.
    • May 2009. ‘The Miracle of the Black Leg’. Birkbeck Research in Representations of Kinship and Community (BRRKC), Official Launch. ‘Conversation’ as Community: On the Stakes of Painting and Photographing the Bonds of Kinship and Community. Birkbeck, University of London, UK.
    • April 2009. ‘The Subjectivity of Afro-Hispanic Slaves in Imperial Spain: The Case of Juan de Pareja’. Department of Iberian and Latin American Studies, Birkbeck, University of London, UK.
    • November 2008. ‘La representación visual del esclavo urbano en la  España Imperial y en Nueva España’. Guest Lecture, Instituto de Historia, Centro de Ciencia Humanas y Sociales, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid, Spain.
    • October 2008. ‘Goya y la guerra de la Independencia’. Colloquium, The Peninsula War, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Instituto Cervantes, London, UK.
    • June 2008. ‘Arte y esclavitud en la España Imperial: el trasplante milagroso de la pierna negra’. Guest Lecture, Instituto de la Historia de la Medicina y de la Ciencia López Piñero, University of Valencia, and Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Valencia, Spain.
    • April 2008. ‘The Braemore Collection of Mexican Castas Paintings’. Guest Lecture, ARTES (Iberian and Latin American Visual Culture Group), Braemore House, Wiltshire, UK.
    • December 2007 ‘The Outsider’s Gaze: Depicting Black People in Spain’. Imagining Iberia, Research Symposium, King’s College London, University of London, UK.
    • November 2007. ‘Art and Slavery in Early Modern Spain’. Guest Lecture. Spanish Cultural Institute and ARTES (Iberian and Latin American Visual Culture Group), Instituto Cervantes, London, UK.
    • November 2007. ‘The Urban Slave in Spain and New Spain’. The Iconography of Slavery in Europe, 1500-1800,The Warburg Institute, University of London, UK.
    • September 2007. ‘El olvido de las obras del esclavo pintor Juan de Pareja’.4th  International Congress of Theory and History of Art (CAIA), Imágenes perdidas: censura, olvido, descuido, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    • January 2007. ‘Questioning Slave Portraiture in Early Modern Spain: The Case of Diego Velázquez and Juan de Pareja’. Guest Lecture. The Early Modern Society, Birkbeck, University of London, UK.
    • September 2006. ‘The Hardest Graft of All: The Miracle of the Black Leg in Early Modern Spain’. Inaugural Conference, Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics, Medicine and the Body Politic, University of Brighton, UK.
    • Feb. 2006. ‘Becoming the Self or Somebody Else: The Case of the Afro-Hispanic Slave Painter Juan de Pareja’. School of Languages, Linguistics and Culture, Research Forum Seminar, Birkbeck, University of London, UK.
    • Sept. 2005. ‘Representación de la esclavitud negra en la España imperial y la problematización del par “original-copia”. 3rd International Congress of Theory and History of Art (CAIA), Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    • April 2005. ‘Representing Black Slavery in Early Modern Spanish Urban Space’ 50th Anniversary of the Founding of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland, Valencia, Spain.
    • Nov. 2004. ‘Depicting African People in Colonial Mexico’. Guest Lecture, Research Seminar, Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge, UK.
    • Oct. 2004. ‘Becoming the “Self” or Somebody Else: Slave Portraiture in Imperial, Spain’. International Conference Invisible Subjects? Slave Portraiture in the Circum-Atlantic World (1660-1890), Center for Transcultural Visual Studies, Dartmouth College, USA.
    • Nov. 2003. ‘Depicting the African Iberian in New Spain’. Conference Latin American Identities: Legacies and Possibilities, Department of Spanish, The National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland.
    • May 2003. ‘Constructing the Black Slave in Spanish Golden Age Painting’. Conference Picturing Poverty: Imagery of the Outcast and Marginal in Early Modern Europe, History of Art Department and Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Aberdeen, UK.
    • April 2003. ‘Representing the Slave Trade in Early Modern Spanish Urban Space’. 29th Annual Conference of Art Historians, The Topography of Slavery: Re-Membering Metropolitan Space, Birkbeck/UCL, University of London, UK.
    • April 2003. ‘Depicting the Iberian African in New Spain'. Colloquium Mexico City1680: The Artistic and Intellectual World of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora, Nottingham University, UK.
    • Feb.  2002. 'The Lack of Representation of Black People in the Spanish Golden Age Painting'. European Cultural Studies Seminar Black Diaspora and Europe’, Dept. of Linguistic, Cultural & International Studies, Roehampton University, University of London, UK.
    • Sept. 2000. ‘Velázquez's Black Leg: Juan de Pareja and the Hardest Graft of All’. International Colloquium Appropriations and Representations of the Body, School of Critical Theory and Cultural Studies, University of Nottingham, UK.
    • April 2000. ‘(Lack of) Visual Representation of Black People in Spanish Golden Age Painting’. Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.
    • Oct.  1998. ‘Gaspar Becerra: A Spaniard in the workshop of Daniele da Volterra in Rome’. QMW/UCL Golden-Age and Renaissance Research Seminar, University College London, Spanish Department, University of London, UK.
    • July 1998. ‘La simbología social de los modelos femenino y masculino en la representación visual del cuerpo humano en la España del siglo XVI’.Fifth Latin American Congress of History of Science and Technology, Gender, Science and Technology in Latin American History, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
    • Oct. 1997. ‘Gaspar Becerra: A Spaniard in the workshop of Daniele da Volterra’. First International Symposium, A Splendid Isolation? Spanish Cultural Identity and the Visual Arts 1500-1700, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK.
    • May 1992. ‘Gaspar Becerra and the High Altar of Astorga’. Birkbeck College, History of Art Department, University of London, UK.
    • June 1991. ‘The Sculptural Work of Gaspar Becerra’. University College London, History of Art Department, University of London, UK.