DEI Reading Group - Autumn 2021

The Sack of Rome by the Barbarians in 410 by Joseph-Noël Sylvestre, 1890

As part of our department’s commitment to fostering a robust discussion of racism and white supremacy within — and at the very root of — the history of art, we (the Diversity and Equity Committee) are organizing a series of study sessions to explore recent scholarship that addresses this issue from a cross-disciplinary perspective.

Our inaugural session, will be held at 2:00PM on November 19th virtually. We will read Eric Michaud’s essay, “Barbarian Invasions and the Racialization of Art History” (published in 2012 and later reworked in Michaud’s recent book, The Barbarian Invasions: A Genealogy of the History of Art). Michaud’s essay lays out an argument about the racial preoccupations of early art historians; it should be a good read and useful as a starting place for further conversations.

Danny Marcus will moderate this conversation.

Image: Detail, The Sack of Rome by the Barbarians in 410 by Joseph-Noël Sylvestre, 1890

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