"WHITENESS AND THE CRISIS"
PROFESSOR NICK MIRZOEFF (NEW YORK UNIVERSITY)
AN ASTOR VISITING LECTURESHIP HOSTED BY THE PITT RIVERS MUSEUM
Tues 21, 5pm-6.30pm (Lecture Room 23, Balliol College)
Weds 22 May, 5pm-7pm (West Wing Lecture Room, St Cross College), followed by drinks
We're 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 followed by a panel discussion and a drinks reception.
Attendance at the Astor Lectures is free but Eventbrite sign-up is essential: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/whiteness-and-the-crisis-tickets-59615802470