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Visualizing Premodern Abolition

Sassetta, "The Blessed Ranieri Frees the Poor from a Jail in Florence," c. 1437-1444
Friday, April 14, 2023 - 9:00am to Saturday, April 15, 2023 - 5:00pm
Institute of the Arts and Sciences: 100 Panetta Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Institute of the Arts and Sciences

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.


  • Attend in person
  • Faculty and graduate students who wish to attend may contact Luke Fidler( to register


  • Free parking is available at the Institute of Arts and Sciences Galleries.
  • Accessible parking on High Rd.