CPS Lecture: Nicholas Jones

"Cervantine Blackness"
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1210 Heller Hall

271 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Title: "Cervantine Blackness"

Abstract: Building on previously published public engagement work from a co-authored op-ed essay with Chad Leahy that went viral titled “Cervantes y la materia de las vidas negras” (“Cervantes and the Matter of Black Lives”), this presentation focuses on Miguel de Cervantes’s literary archive of Blackness. The proposed contribution argues for a more nuanced critical reckoning with the cultural, historical, and literary legacies of antiblackness within the Iberian Peninsula and the global reaches of its empire. 

Bio: Nicholas R. Jones is the former King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center’s Scholar-in-Residence at New York University (2021-2022). He is the author of the award-winning Staging Habla de Negros: Radical Performances of the African Diaspora in Early Modern Spain (Penn State University Press, May 2019) and co-editor of Early Modern Black Diaspora Studies: A Critical Anthology (Palgrave, December 2018) and Pornographic Sensibilities: Imagining Sex and the Visceral in Premodern and Early Modern Spanish Cultural Production (Routledge, January 2021) with Chad Leahy. Jones also co-edits The Routledge Critical Junctures in Global Early Modernities book series with Derrick Higginbotham.

Cosponsored by the Uncommon Bodies Workshop and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese

This is a hybrid event. Click the red "event registration" link above to register in advance for the Zoom webinar.

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