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]
Please note there is no parking.
The complete list of seminars for Michaelmas 2013 can be found at