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Latin American History seminar
16 October 2012
Rebecca Earle (Warwick)
Embodying Race in Colonial Spanish America
 

Casta paintings have become quite popular in the art and antiques world.  Largely created in eighteenth century Mexico by unknown artists and purposed by unknown parties, Casta paintings depicted family scenes, giving us a rare opportunity to glimpse into the private lives of those living in Colonial Spanish America.

Example of a Casta painting (wikipedia)

Example of a Casta painting (wikipedia)

These windows into the past are useful as there are very few alternative sources available for this period and place for gaining an idea of private and family spaces.  Rebecca Earle examines these paintings from the point of view of race relationships.  In particular she is interested in what the paintings are trying to represent – suggesting a unity to conceptions of race and racial identity – in contrast to the reality in which race was viewed as a much more mutable classification.  Earle explores this theme noting that physical characteristics were not the only method used to racially classify. Social aspects were often equally important including the types of clothes worn and living standards.

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Anglo-American conference 2009: Cities
History & Policy Forum

The Policy forum was made up by Jerry White (Birkbeck), Kate Gavron (Young Foundation) and Rob Berkeley (The Runnymede Trust).  Rob Berkeley began with a discussion on the future of London as a place and in particular with a focus on race relations and on the issue of segregation or integration.  As part of the Runnymede organisation, Berkeley looked at how areas that have changed from ‘majority-minority’ to ‘minority-majority’ in population demography  have fared and what this tells us about future relations within the inner and outer city.  Jerry White continued the discussion by looking at the almost sudden transformation between the two halves of the twentieth century.  Between 1900-1950 there was strong anti-foreign rhetoric in London but soon afterwards immigration began in strength.  Nonetheless, London for the most part did not see a xenophobic reaction to these changes but, either through indifference, or due to the unique structure of London life managed to live fairly well together.  White looks at evidence from housing, jobs, service sector, and politics, but also places a fair amount of faith in the idea of ‘swinging London’  that began in the 1950s and on the indifference found in many people’s outlook on life.  Kate Gavron ended the discussion with a case study.  Looking at the changes to Tower Hamlets in the East End, Gavron asked how government policy has helped and hindered in equal measure the establishment of a largely Bangladeshi population there. 

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IHR Publishers’ fair
5-6 July 2012
Senate House, London

Come and visit our Publishers’ fair at Senate House on 5th and 6th July. The fair will be taking place as part of our annual Anglo-American Conference, this year on the theme of Ancients and Moderns, in the Crush and Macmillan halls (ground floor of Senate House). 

Attendees will have the chance to buy the latest history books at discounted prices from a range of international publishers. There will also be opportunities to speak to editors who will also be in attendance.

Attendance is free and the fair is open to all. For any queries, please contact IHR.Events@sas.ac.uk.

Exhibiting publishers will include Manchester University Press; Yale University Press; Adam Matthew Digital; Bloomsbury; Cambridge University Press; I B Tauris; Liverpool University Press; Oxford University Press; Palgrave/Macmillan; Reaktion books; Taylor & Francis/Routledge; Wiley-Blackwell.

Visit www.history.ac.uk/aach12 for a full list of exhibiting publishers, and for further information on this year’s Anglo-American Conference.

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