School of Social and Political Science

RACE.ED Seminar: De-Representing the Black Body in Brazilian Colonial Imagination

16 June 2021
16:00 - 17:30




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About this event

'De-Representing the Black Body in Brazilian Colonial Imagination'

Dr. Osmundo Pinho, Brazilian anthropologist and Professor at the Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia 

Chaired by Dr. Katucha Bento, Lecturer in Race and Decolonial Studies and Associate Director RACE.ED Network, The University of Edinburgh

In this presentation, based mostly on Dr Pinho's work as a Richard E. Greenleaf Fellow at the Tulane University Latin American Library, he examines the central place of images for the colonial imagination in Brazil. The creation of images in this context has nothing to do with any kind of epistemological transparency, on the contrary, it shows how the paradigmatic conventions of representation engender political meanings and how social stereotypes forged a grammar for the interpretation / production of black bodies in the (post) colonial Brazilian horizon. In addition he will address some colonial forms of meaning production, based on representation, as an immanent colonial epistemological device, vis-à-vis other strategies based on African epistemologies, as in the work of contemporary Afro-Brazilian artists.

A live Q&A will follow the presentation. 

Event will in Portuguese with simultaneous English interpretation available.

RACE.ED is a cross-university network concerned with race, racialization and decolonial studies from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Key speakers

  • Dr Osmundo Pinho, Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia
  • Dr Katucha Bento, Associate Director RACE.ED, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh