Scherer Center Lectures

Agnes Lugo-Ortiz
Associate Professor
Romance Languages and Literatures
University of Chicago
Portraiture and Enslavement:
Reflections on a Transatlantic Archive

Thursday, October 30
Classics 110
1010 East 59th Street
4:30pm. Reception to follow.
Agnes Lugo-Ortiz recently co-edited Slave Portraiture in the Atlantic World (Cambridge University Press, 2013), the first book to focus on the individualized portrayal of enslaved people from the time of Europe's full engagement with plantation slavery in the sixteenth century to its official abolition in Brazil in 1888. An affiliate of the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, Professor Lugo-Ortiz is a specialist in nineteenth-century Latin American literature and in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Caribbean cultural history. Her work focuses on questions concerning the relationships between cultural production and the formation of modern socio-political identities. This is the subject of her book Identidades imaginadas: Biografía y nacionalidad en el horizonte de la guerra (Cuba 1860-1898) and of her current book-length project "Riddles of Modern Identity: Biography and Visual Portraiture in Slaveholding Cuba (1760-1886)." She is the author of numerous essays that address the interconnections between queer sexualities, gender and anti-colonial politics in twentieth-century Puerto Rico. For the past two decades she has served on the advisory board of the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, and is co-editor of Herencia. The Anthology of Hispanic Literature of the United States, En otra voz. Antología de la literatura hispana de los Estados Unidos, and Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage, vol. V.
This lecture is free and open to the public.