DCIC Computational Archival Science Speaker Series

"Erasure: Glamorous Misdirections, and Technical Obliterations in Early-late Twentieth Century Mass Media" 

Speaker: Dr. Lyneise Williams
Associate Professor of Art History
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

November 8, 2018, 4:45-6:00pm
Hornbake Library, Northwing Basement
Room HBK 0302J

This presentation explores the racial implications of the digitizing and microfilming processes—which are at the center of digital humanities. These two processes distort and diminish visual representations of all people, especially Black people and people of color in widely circulated historical mass media, like newspapers. This is particularly damaging when considering the historical backdrop of denigrating images of Black people. This kind of investigation has never been a part of conversations about image translation processes, which have steadily replaced printed newspapers in libraries and archives since the 1940s in the US.

Speaker Bio:

Lyneise Williams is an Associate Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ph.D., Yale 2004). She is the author of Latin Blackness in Parisian Visual Culture, 1852-1932, (February 2019, Bloomsbury Academic). Three case studies focusing on the imagery of Cuban circus entertainer, Chocolat, Panamanian World Bantamweight Champion Alfonso Teofilo Brown, and Black Uruguayans by Uruguayan painter, Pedro Figari, demonstrate the way this strategy was reconfigured in portrayals of phenotypically black Latin Americans, and argue for a nuanced reconsideration of blackness in early twentieth century Paris. Her second book project, explores the intersection of male beauty, masculinity, sports, and the black male body through the images and performances of Alfonso Brown in 1920s and 30s Paris.

Open to the public, no RSVP required.