Michaelmas Term 2013 Seminar Series

At: The Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine
Seminar Room, 47 Banbury Road, Oxford

Coffee is available from 2.00pm – Seminars begin at 2.15pm prompt

‘Structures of Medical Knowledge’
Conveners: Drs Erica Charters and Elise Smith

Week 2 – 21 October
Rebecca Earle, University of Warwick
Casta Paintings and the Colonial Body: Embodying Race in Spanish America
‘From a Spanish man and a black woman is born a mulato.’  Such captions, accompanying a painted image of a man, his paramour, and their child, are the hallmarks of a Spanish American casta painting.  These remarkable eighteenth-century images representing the outcome of ‘racial mixing’ currently command both scholarly and commercial attention.  This paper situates the casta painting within the larger socio-cultural context of colonial Spanish America and offers a new interpretation of their meaning and appeal.

If you would like to join the speaker and conveners for lunch please email [email protected]uk

Please note there is no parking.

The complete list of seminars for Michaelmas 2013 can be found at