Race, Representation, and Agassiz’s Brazilian Fantasy

April 1, 2021

The MCZ community is welcome to attend the webinar/panel discussion regarding Louis Agassiz:

Race, Representation, and Agassiz’s Brazilian Fantasy

Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021,  4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location: Online

How do we confront the history and legacy of Louis Agassiz’s extensive archive of images of African and Indigenous Brazilians made in Manaus, Brazil in 1865 and housed at Harvard’s Peabody Museum?

Five distinguished panelists reflect on the historical moment when these pictures were taken, discuss racist displays of Indigenous people in Brazil and elsewhere, and, by bringing to light respect for different epistemologies, explore ways to contend with them today. Panelists will be writer and historian Christoph Irmscher (contributor to the recent Peabody Museum Press book about Agassiz images, To Make Their Own Way in the World), Brazilian performance artist and photographer Anita Ekman, literary critic Luciana Namorato, and Brazil’s first Indigenous art curator Sandra Benites of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP).

Co-sponsored by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, and the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University (ALARI)

Advance registration requiredPlease note that registration closes 30 minutes prior to the event start time.

To join the program, you will need to download the free Zoom app in advance. If you already have Zoom, you do not need to download it again. For details on how to improve your Zoom experience, visit the How to Attend an HMSC Program webpage.