Astor Visiting Lectureship: 'Whiteness and the Crisis'

We are thrilled to announce an Astor Visiting Lectureship in Visual Culture by Prof Nicholas Mirzoeff of NYU) hosted by the Pitt Rivers, as part of the events programme around the Lande: the Calais “Jungle” and Beyond exhibition.

In this two-part lecture series, Nicholas Mirzoeff (NYU) explores the resurgence of white supremacy through material networks that unexpectedly connect monuments and museums to systems of detention.

Tues 21 (Balliol): Taking his cue from Frantz Fanon’s declaration that coloniality is a “world of statues,” the first lecture examines how the Fallism movement created by Rhodes Must Fall and Black Lives Matter has been countered by a transnational reassertion of monumental, eugenic whiteness from Charlottesville to Christchurch.

Weds 22 (St Cross): In the second lecture, drawing on his work with refugees in the renewed “Nordic whiteness” of Denmark, Mirzoeff explores how people of different backgrounds may nonetheless still appear to one another, appropriating and transforming the concept of “the space of appearance” from Hannah Arendt. In this shift from representation to appearance, visual and cultural studies are rebooted into a visual activism to engage the current crisis.

The second lecture will be folllowed by a panel discussion and a drinks reception.

Directions to attend the Balliol Lecture (Lecture Room 23):

Location for St Cross Lecture (West Wing Lecture Room):

All welcome!

Admission free – but Eventbrite registration essential.

More on Professor Mirzoeff here

More on the Lande exhibition at Pitt Rivers (27 April – 28 November) here

Sorry, there are currently no talks scheduled in this series.