JCB Fellow's Talk: Elizabeth Heath

May 24, 2017 - 4:00pm

Elizabeth Heath (Baruch College-CUNY), Virginia and Jean R. Perrette Fellow

"Proximate Distance: Seeing Sugar and Slavery in Eighteenth Century France"

In the late eighteenth century, colonial commodities like sugar, coffee, and indigo became common items in French homes, thereby providing a tangible material link between metropolitan consumers and colonial slaves. This talk explores ways of visualizing these colonial connections. It begins with thoughts about how new digital tools and methods can provide modern scholars innovative ways to visualize eighteenth century colonial linkages. It ends with a consideration of how eighteenth century visual technologies, forms of observation, and visualization helped to occlude and remove troubling aspects of colonial production from clear view.

The Reading Room will close to researchers at 3:30 p.m.