Photography and Race in the Americas: Beyond Fixity

Art History, Michael Taussig, Rachel Price, and Close Up

The Conference is sponsored by the Global Collaborative Network on Race and Citizenship in the Americas, a Princeton University-Universidade de São Paulo Partnership (RACA)

This event is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the Center for African American Studies, Program in Latin American Studies, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures, American Studies Program, Center for Human Values, Department of Anthropology,  Lewis Center for the Arts, Department of Art and Archeology, Department of English

Conference Schedule

9:45 Introduction: Carolina Sá Carvalho and Rachel Price


Moderator: Eduardo Cadava (Princeton, English)


W.J.T. Mitchell (Chicago, English)

“Nothing Personal:  Photography and the Racial Medium”

Elizabeth Abel (Berkeley, English)

“Unfixing Race: Jim Crow Signs in the Language of Photography”

Beatriz Balanta (SMU, Art History)

“Disenchantment in the South, Hope in the Tropics: The Illustrated Press, Manifest Destiny, and the Confederate Exodus to Brazil”


Moderator: Gabriela Nouzeilles (Princeton, Spanish and Portuguese)

1:15 – 3:30

Mauricio Lissovsky (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Communications)

“Photographic Tropes of Race in Brazil”

Catalina Muñoz Rojas (Universidad de los Andes, History)

“Photography and Memory: Contemporary Uses of Photography among the Arhuaco of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta”

Michael Taussig (Columbia, Anthropology)

“Physiognomy and Film: Revisiting the Face in Eisenstein’s Zoomorphological Exercises in Strike”


Moderator: Javier Guerrero (Princeton, Spanish and Portuguese)


Eduardo Morettin (Universidade de São Paulo, Communications; Film)

“Race in the Silent Brazilian Cinema: Idealization and Prejudice”

Alice Maurice (University of Toronto, English; Film)

“The Making of the Screen Face”

Genevieve Yue (The New School for Liberal Arts, Film, Media)

“Close Up: The China Girl and the Face in Early Cinema”

April 18, 2014 9:45 AM
Aaron Burr Hall, 219