Neoclassicism, Race and Empire - Louis Nelson

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Speaker: Professor Louis Nelson (University of Virginia)

"Neoclassicism and the Architectures of Race"

This is the final event in the Neoclassicism, Race, and Empire seminar series.

This series examines the intersection between neoclassicism and questions of race, colonisation, empire-building, and national identity. With a focus on the British and French Atlantic worlds from the eighteenth century onwards, but with attention to a broader geographical field, we will ask how classical ideas and forms were invoked in art, architecture, and aesthetics in ways that intersected with colonial expansion, the assertion of imperial power, and the development of racial ideologies. Through a series of seminars led by pioneering scholars in this field, we will explore the stylistic phenomenon of ‘neoclassicism’ within its broadest political and cultural contexts, while discussing the longer historiographical legacy of self-consciously classical art made in the modern age of empire. 


Other seminars in the series:

Charmaine A. Nelson: Wednesday 2 March, 4pm – 5.30pm GMT (11am – 12.30pm EST)

Anne Lafont: Wednesday 16 March, 4pm – 5.30pm GMT (12pm – 1.30pm EST)

Please note that in the USA and Canada, the session on 16 March starts an hour later than the others, because the clocks go forward on different dates.