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Symposium Opening: Visualizing Premodern Abolition

Sassetta, "The Blessed Ranieri Frees the Poor from a Jail in Florence," c. 1437-1444
Friday, April 14, 2023 - 9:00am
Institute of the Arts and Sciences: 100 Panetta Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Opening day for the symposium Visualizing Premodern Abolition. This symposium brings together specialists in a variety of cultures (from ancient North Africa to colonial Latin America) and disciplines to explore problems of abolition in relation to premodern literary, material, and visual culture. The aim is not simply to trace structures of punishment, resistance, surveillance, and incarceration; but, rather, to see how abolitionist commitments to the unmaking of structures and remaking of emancipatory communities might shape the very structure of deep historical analysis itself.