White Men’s Magic as Slavery

Upcoming Lecture
February 9, 2022
‘Masquerade: Scripturalizing Modernities Through Black Flesh
March 13, 2022

White Men’s Magic as Slavery

The Carlos Museum@Emory University hosted a 3-day Symposium on Slavery and Dispossession (Sep 29-Oct 21, 2021).

White Men’s Magic as Slavery: The Politics of Acquisition, Exhibition, and Scholarship

This session convenes a conversation between Dr. Vincent Wimbush, Dr. Valerie Babb, and Dr. Clinton Fluker on the process of creating an archival exhibition at Emory University and the questions it raises about Emory’s institutional collecting practices as it pertains to African American collections. 
In the Fall of 2021, Emory University’s Pitts Theological Library will host an exhibition curated by Dr. Wimbush titled, The Masquerade: Scripturalizing Modernities Through Black Flesh. Based on research used to produce his widely acclaimed book, White Men’s Magic: Scripturalization as Slavery (2014), the exhibition will use Olaudah Equiano’s narrative, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano; or, Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself (1789), as a window through which to interrogate the creation of the modern subject in history, its relationship to the institution of slavery in the United States, and our contemporary understanding of the bible.

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