Charmaine A. NelsonThe MSVU Research Office is pleased to announce the next installment of its Black and Indigenous Speaker Series featuring Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson, Professor of Art History and Tier I Canada Research Chair in Transatlantic Black Diasporic Art and Community Engagement at NSCAD University where she is also the founding director of the first-ever institute focused on the study of Canadian Slavery.

Dr. Nelson has made ground-breaking contributions to the fields of the Visual Culture of Slavery, Race and Representation, and Black Canadian Studies. She has published seven books including The Color of Stone: Sculpting the Black Female Subject in Nineteenth-Century America, Slavery, Geography, and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Marine Landscapes of Montreal and Jamaica, and Towards an African Canadian Art History: Art, Memory, and Resistance. In 2017, Dr. Nelson was the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University and in 2021 a Fields of the Future Fellow at Bard Graduate Center (NYC).

Dr. Nelson’s talk, titled He ‘is supposed to have with him forged Certificates of his Freedom, and Passes’: Slavery, Mobility, and the Creolized Counter-Knowledge of Resistance, will take place on Friday, February 4, 2022 from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Atlantic Time. It will be held via Microsoft Teams.

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Advance registration is required; register here.

The MSVU Black and Indigenous Speakers Series is presented by the MSVU Research Office. The series highlights the research of Black and Indigenous scholars from across Turtle Island.