The global plantation

My talk will be drawn from current work I am doing on the global plantation in the British Empire. Like the ship that carried people between spaces of empire, the plantation is also a space that moved, that moves, and connects people and places across multiple oceans. It is also a framework, a way of organizing relations, whose inheritances live with us still. Both enclosed yet mobile, plantations were spaces of entanglement and extraction, where forms of kinship and alienation existed simultaneously. This seminar will focus on the visual cultures of the plantation, historically and in the work of contemporary artists, the interaction and entanglements that existed within and between plantation spaces, and the different kinds of mobilities and movements that sustained its formation.


Anna Arabindan-Kesson

Anna is an Associate Professor of Black Diasporic art at Princeton University.

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