People of Color in European Art History


  1. Reconstructing the Black Image by Gordon de la Mothe

    mistmanx:

    medievalpoc:

    fyeahturtles submitted to medievalpoc:

    I just found this blog and I’m not sure if you or your followers have already heard of it, but if you’re looking for some good reading material on depictions of POC in Western art (specifically POC of African descent), I recommend Reconstructing the Black Image by Gordon de la Mothe. I met him while on vacation and he lent me a copy; I finished it in a few hours! He put years of work into it and it’s a great read, but it had a limited print run due to the subject being a “niche interest” so I’d like more people to know about it. There are tons of pictures, too!

    Oh, wow!

    If you check out the preview pages available on google books, It actually reads a lot like this blog! Not only is it sort of a primer on how to teach more inclusively (and why you should!), it’s an image-based primer with context on what purposes the images served, and continue to serve within society.

    I’m going to see what I can do about acquiring this book. I’ll try and get it through an American distributor because I can’t afford the shipping form the UK, but I’m pretty impressed with it!

    I also have to say I found the following passage from the Introduction pretty chilling:

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    For many years I received a considerable amount of lip-service and offers of assistance in getting the work published but nothing materialized.

    It dawned on me that my amateur approach to scholarship and my communal attitude to life had made me an exploitable resource for others who were more career-minded, academically certified and employed in positions of authority.

    Like…

    I have to say, I *know* that what’s happening with this blog. And to a certain degree…that was somewhat its intent. I’m trying to help students of color feel empowered, and that’s more important to me, although I know it can hurt my career.

    I’ve even received many messages from people on my personal blog that they’ve used my blog entries as materials in a classroom environment! For me, that’s more unnerving.

    A lot of my followers have suggested I “write a book”; the bottom line is that until I obtain more advanced degrees, money, connections, and influence, there IS NO WAY that book could EVER get made.

    It’s much more likely someone with money, resources, and power as described above will find this blog and use it to write a book.

    So yeah. If you want to help me out with the cost of purchasing Gordon de la Mothe's book, you can donate to me here. I’d honestly love the money to go to him.

    The sad fact is, a white person writing about this is exponentially more likely to get their work published and acknowledged than a person of color is. And yes, I knew that when this project started.

    Who knows? Maybe I’ll reach enough people with this project that there might be more hope for that book, someday.

    *p.s. I love your url

    Wow, this is great to see!

    Gordon de la Mothe is my grandfather, and it’s wonderful to see the impact that this book is finally starting to have, 20 years after its initial publication. It’s even in my university’s library. He is, without a doubt, absolutely chuffed with this too.

    Moreover, I’ll have a chat to him and see whether there might be an easier way of getting a copy to you, if you haven’t already obtained one.

    I’m pretty sure that, having discovered this post at the same time as I have, he will be getting in touch with you himself, in some manner.

    Oh my god that is SO COOL. I’ll be honest I’ve been watching used copies on Amazon for a while, waiting for one I could afford…but as I said, I’m saddened because I really believe that the full price of the book should go to the author.

    I and my readers owe an enormous debt to the groundbreaking researchers who fought to have their work published or acknowledged.  We’re all trying to make a dent in the world, and it looks like we are.

    Feel free to drop me a pm if your grandfather wants to contact me.

  2. gdfalksen:

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  3. tundras:

    F/F Books with WOC Characters/Protagonists.

    (in honour of Femslash February!)

    (i’ve only read about half of these, but have been told that the other half is well worth checking out! definitely feel free to add your own recs. :) never enough books about QWOC!)

  4. megankmakesthings wrote...

    What are your thoughts on determining the authority of sources? Your interest in accessibility seems tied up in the problem of academia having a monopoly on scholarly authority (and I don't mean unbiased). What brought this up was your link to SPP, which publishes "unconventional or controversial research". Its cautious language in stating its mission lent it credibility, but then I wondered if it does peer review, or if that is even a thing outside academia and hoped you could…muse upon that?

    Well. Part of my goal here is to actually demonstrate the ways in which the relative “authority” of sources is socially constructed, in addition to other ways of determining whether or not a source is ‘better’ or ‘worse’.

    A great example of this is a time when someone challenged my use of Stephen Jay Gould as a source. That actually shocked me a bit, because the guy was one of the more decorated interdisciplinary writers in the sciences that I’d come across, in my own studies back in the day, and in other works I’ve read for my own edification on my own time. I always found him inspiring because of his insistence on writing in context, documenting the historiography of scientific racism, and challenging common misconceptions in the popular consciousness about well, a lot of things.

    Back in 2003, I took an interdisciplinary biology+ethics course, which coincided with the completion of the Human Genome Project, and we read a LOT of Stephen Jay Gould. I loved it. It was like, “what even IS biology, how did we get here, and should we even?” After the class, I ended up xeroxing the incredible Sci Fi short story, Congenital Agenesis of Gender Ideation by K. N. Sirsi and Sandra Botkin, and leaving it in my professor’s mailbox (I had recently purchased Starlight 2, and was pretty high on speculative fiction anthologies at the time). 

    I’m telling you this because I wanted to pose the question: is there anything  that exists that we can really say is “outside academia”?

    If it exists, it can be analyzed, it can be written about, and it can be shared. There is a case to be made that they way we construct “peer review” is in and of itself rather biased; it is inarguable that it IS a form of gatekeeping. The way funding for academic AND scientific studies, projects, and published analyses is allocated is how money controls what does and does not get looked at.

    That being said, it really IS important to shove words back into the mouth they came out of, and take a long, hard look at how that fits into the bigger picture. So basically what I’m getting at is that some people will say “this source is no good”, while others will say, “this source is ironclad”, about the same source. What you do is up to you. :)

    And now, you’ve had my musings on this topic!

  5. The Banned Books List for Arizona Ethnic Studies

    gehayi submitted to medievalpoc:

    So I found this list of books that were banned from Tucson, Arizona schools when, in 2010, Arizona used a state law “to shut down the controversial classes that conservative legislators accused of politicizing Latino students.” The law has been declared illegal by a state court, upheld as constitutional by a federal court, and is now being appealed.

    The fact that Arizona doesn’t want kids reading these books was enough to make me curious.

    Banned Books List

    High School Course Texts and Reading Lists Table 20: American Government/Social Justice Education Project 1, 2 – Texts and Reading Lists

    (These seven were un-banned by the Tucson Unified School District as of October 2013; they can now be used as supplementary reading materials, though whether a teacher would do so when the law is still being enforced is anyone’s guess.)

    Table 21: American History/Mexican American Perspectives, 1, 2 – Texts and Reading Lists

    • Occupied America: A History of Chicanos (2004), by R. Acuna
    • The Anaya Reader (1995), by R. Anaya
    • The American Vision (2008), by J. Appleby et el.
    • Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years (1998), by B. Bigelow and B. Peterson
    • Drink Cultura: Chicanismo (1992), by J. A. Burciaga
    • Message to Aztlan: Selected Writings (1997), by C. Jiminez
    • De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views Multi-Colored Century (1998), by E. S. Martinez
    • 500 Anos Del Pueblo Chicano/500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures (1990), by E. S. Martinez
    • Codex Tamuanchan: On Becoming Human (1998), by R. Rodriguez
    • The X in La Raza II (1996), by R. Rodriguez
    • Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights History (2006), by F. A. Rosales
    • A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present (2003), by H. Zinn

    Course: English/Latino Literature 7, 8

    • Ten Little Indians (2004), by S. Alexie
    • The Fire Next Time (1990), by J. Baldwin
    • Loverboys (2008), by A. Castillo
    • Women Hollering Creek (1992), by S. Cisneros
    • Mexican WhiteBoy (2008), by M. de la Pena
    • Drown (1997), by J. Diaz
    • Woodcuts of Women (2000), by D. Gilb
    • At the Afro-Asian Conference in Algeria (1965), by E. Guevara
    • Color Lines: “Does Anti-War Have to Be Anti-Racist Too?” (2003), by E. Martinez
    • Culture Clash: Life, Death and Revolutionary Comedy (1998), by R. Montoya et al.
    • Let Their Spirits Dance (2003) by S. Pope Duarte
    • Two Badges: The Lives of Mona Ruiz (1997), by M. Ruiz
    • The Tempest (1994), by W. Shakespeare
    • A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America (1993), by R. Takaki
    • The Devil’s Highway (2004), by L. A. Urrea
    • Puro Teatro: A Latino Anthology (1999), by A. Sandoval-Sanchez & N. Saporta Sternbach
    • Twelve Impossible Things before Breakfast: Stories (1997), by J. Yolen
    • Voices of a People’s History of the United States (2004), by H. Zinn

    Course: English/Latino Literature 5, 6

    • Live from Death Row (1996), by J. Abu-Jamal
    • The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven (1994), by S. Alexie
    • Zorro (2005), by I. Allende
    • Borderlands La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1999), by G. Anzaldua
    • A Place to Stand (2002), by J. S. Baca
    • C-Train and Thirteen Mexicans (2002), by J. S. Baca
    • Healing Earthquakes: Poems (2001), by J. S. Baca
    • Immigrants in Our Own Land and Selected Early Poems (1990), by J. S. Baca
    • Black Mesa Poems (1989), by J. S. Baca
    • Martin & Mediations on the South Valley (1987), by J. S. Baca
    • The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud, and the Attack on America’s Public Schools (19950, by D. C. Berliner and B. J. Biddle
    • Drink Cultura: Chicanismo (1992), by J. A Burciaga
    • Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States(2005), by L. Carlson & O. Hijuielos
    • Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing up Latino in the United States (1995), by L. Carlson & O. Hijuielos
    • So Far From God (1993), by A. Castillo
    • Address to the Commonwealth Club of California (1985), by C. E. Chavez
    • Women Hollering Creek (1992), by S. Cisneros
    • House on Mango Street (1991), by S. Cisneros
    • Drown (1997), by J. Diaz
    • Suffer Smoke (2001), by E. Diaz Bjorkquist
    • Zapata’s Discipline: Essays (1998), by M. Espada
    • Like Water for Chocolate (1995), by L. Esquievel
    • When Living was a Labor Camp (2000), by D. Garcia
    • La Llorona: Our Lady of Deformities (2000), by R. Garcia
    • Cantos Al Sexto Sol: An Anthology of Aztlanahuac Writing (2003), by C. Garcia-Camarilo, et al.
    • The Magic of Blood (1994), by D. Gilb
    • Message to Aztlan: Selected Writings (2001), by Rudolfo “Corky” Gonzales
    • Saving Our Schools: The Case for Public Education, Saying No to “No Child Left Behind” (2004) by Goodman, et al.
    • Feminism is for Everybody (2000), by b hooks
    • The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child (1999), by F. Jimenez
    • Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools (1991), by J. Kozol
    • Zigzagger (2003), by M. Munoz
    • Infinite Divisions: An Anthology of Chicana Literature (1993), by T. D. Rebolledo & E. S. Rivero
    • …y no se lo trago la tierra/And the Earth Did Not Devour Him (1995), by T. Rivera
    • Always Running – La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. (2005), by L. Rodriguez
    • Justice: A Question of Race (1997), by R. Rodriguez
    • The X in La Raza II (1996), by R. Rodriguez
    • Crisis in American Institutions (2006), by S. H. Skolnick & E. Currie
    • Los Tucsonenses: The Mexican Community in Tucson, 1854-1941 (1986), by T. Sheridan
    • Curandera (1993), by Carmen Tafolla
    • Mexican American Literature (1990), by C. M. Tatum
    • New Chicana/Chicano Writing (1993), by C. M. Tatum
    • Civil Disobedience (1993), by H. D. Thoreau
    • By the Lake of Sleeping Children (1996), by L. A. Urrea
    • Nobody’s Son: Notes from an American Life (2002), by L. A. Urrea
    • Zoot Suit and Other Plays (1992), by L. Valdez
    • Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert (1995), by O. Zepeda
    • Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    • Yo Soy Joaquin/I Am Joaquin, by Rodolfo Gonzales
    • Into the Beautiful North, by Luis Alberto Urrea
    • The Devil’s Highway, by Luis Alberto Urrea
    Thank you so much for the list! The um, Spanish text portions are missing some important punctuation marks, but I think we’ll live.
  6. ☛ Black & Asian Performance in European History: A Reading List from the Victoria and Albert Museum

    A short bibliography on the history of Black and Asian Britons in the Performing Arts:

    • Alexander, Catherine M.S., and Stanley Wells, eds. Shakespeare and Race,. Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 2000.
    • Banham, Martin, and others, eds.  African Theatre: Playwrights & Politics.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001.
    • Banham, Martin, and others, eds. The Cambridge Companion to African and Caribbean Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.
    • Bean, Annemarie, ed.  A Sourcebook of African-American Performance: Plays, People, Movements. London: Routledge, 1999.
    • Bourne, Stephen.  Black in the British Frame: The Black Experience in British Film and Television. 2nd edn. London: Continuum, 2001.
    • Brandon, James R., ed. The Cambridge Guide to Asian Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
    • Croft, Susan, and others. Black and Asian Performance at the Theatre Museum: A User’s Guide. London: V&A Theatre Museum, 2003.
    • Donnell, Alison, ed. Companion to Contemporary Black British Culture. London: Routledge, 2002.
    • Harris, Roxy, and Sarah White, eds. Changing Britannia: Life Experience with Britain. London: New Beacon, 1999.
    • Harrison, Paul Carter, and others, ed. Black Theatre: Ritual Performance in the Black Diaspora. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2002.
    • Layiwola, Dele, ed. African Theatre in Performance: A Festschrift in Honour of Martin Banham. Amsterdam: Harwood Academic, 2000.
    • Lindfors, Bernth, ed. Africans on Stage: Studies in Ethnological Business. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999.
    • Tompsett, A. Ruth, ed. Black Theatre in Britain. in ’Performing Arts International’. 1996, vol. I, part 2
  7. whammy5 wrote...

    I pretty much agree with you philosophically about the "logic" is opposite of "emotion" thing being crap. If you're interested in some empirical research on the topic, I can suggest to you the works of political psychologist George E. Marcus in "Sentimental Citizen" or "Affective Intelligence" (have to specify cause also an anthropologist of the same name). It's political science oriented, but draws a lot on neuroscience and psychology to show how emotion and logic are completely intertwined.

    But does it have ladies in fancy dresses and fart jokes? Because Medieval Art>Poli Sci for reasons.

    XD

    In all seriousness actually I might check that out when I’m feeling especially caffeinated, it sounds interesting.

  8. mediadiversified:

It’s Time to Talk About Black Tudors

by  Rowena Mondiwa
‘A criminally neglected part of British history is the true scope of the African diaspora in Britain that reaches as far back as Renaissance Europe. A new book by Onyeka Nubia seeks to rectify the problem, examining the lives of the thousands of blacks that lived in the UK in Tudor times. In Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, Onyeka Nubia shares research conducted in uncovering early evidence of Black existence in the United Kingdom, and proves that black presence was evident a lot earlier than is usually assumed. Nubia’s research focuses on the Tudor era (1485- 1603), specifically looking at the four English cities of London, Plymouth, Bristol and Barnstable.
This is not the first book published about African presence in England. Black Lives in the English Archives by Imtiaz Habib (2008) and Gustav Ungerer’s The Mediterranean Apprenticeship of British Slavery (2010) are two other books that look at similar subject matter and help substantiate the information uncovered in this research project. Additionally, just this year, academic Miranda Kaufman has published essays on the same research.

    mediadiversified:

    It’s Time to Talk About Black Tudors

    by  Rowena Mondiwa

    A criminally neglected part of British history is the true scope of the African diaspora in Britain that reaches as far back as Renaissance Europe. A new book by Onyeka Nubia seeks to rectify the problem, examining the lives of the thousands of blacks that lived in the UK in Tudor times. In Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, Onyeka Nubia shares research conducted in uncovering early evidence of Black existence in the United Kingdom, and proves that black presence was evident a lot earlier than is usually assumed. Nubia’s research focuses on the Tudor era (1485- 1603), specifically looking at the four English cities of London, Plymouth, Bristol and Barnstable.

    This is not the first book published about African presence in England. Black Lives in the English Archives by Imtiaz Habib (2008) and Gustav Ungerer’s The Mediterranean Apprenticeship of British Slavery (2010) are two other books that look at similar subject matter and help substantiate the information uncovered in this research project. Additionally, just this year, academic Miranda Kaufman has published essays on the same research.

  9. Its Time to Talk About Black Tudors
by Rowena Mondiwa
A criminally neglected part of British history is the true scope of the African diaspora in Britain that reaches as far back as Renaissance Europe. A new book by Onyeka Nubia seeks to rectify the problem, examining the lives of the thousands of blacks that lived in the UK in Tudor times. In Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, Onyeka Nubia shares research conducted in uncovering early evidence of Black existence in the United Kingdom, and proves that black presence was evident a lot earlier than is usually assumed. Nubia’s research focuses on the Tudor era (1485- 1603), specifically looking at the four English cities of London, Plymouth, Bristol and Barnstable.
Read the Rest Here
Find more information at narrative-eye.org.uk and sign their Petition to Education Secretary, Michael Gove, to Reflect True English History by Including Black Tudors in the National Curriculum

    Its Time to Talk About Black Tudors

    by Rowena Mondiwa

    A criminally neglected part of British history is the true scope of the African diaspora in Britain that reaches as far back as Renaissance Europe. A new book by Onyeka Nubia seeks to rectify the problem, examining the lives of the thousands of blacks that lived in the UK in Tudor times. In Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, Onyeka Nubia shares research conducted in uncovering early evidence of Black existence in the United Kingdom, and proves that black presence was evident a lot earlier than is usually assumed. Nubia’s research focuses on the Tudor era (1485- 1603), specifically looking at the four English cities of London, Plymouth, Bristol and Barnstable.

    Read the Rest Here

    Find more information at narrative-eye.org.uk and sign their Petition to Education Secretary, Michael Gove, to Reflect True English History by Including Black Tudors in the National Curriculum

  10. alltheurlsmakesense wrote...

    Hello! I apologize if this question has come up before, but I'm trying to write a novel that involves a character of African origin and one of Asian origin meeting during... well as far back as you can go. So, since my World History is a little rusty, would you happen to know when African civilizations and Asian civilizations first made contact? And if there are any resources I can refer to about such a period?

    I’d better be able to answer that question if there was much evidence that there was a time when people in the world were unaware that humans lived on other continents, and that sometimes those humans picked a direction and started walking. You’d basically be writing in prehistoric times. Which Jean m. Auel did, by the way. There are rather important African and Asian characters in the Earth’s Children series, although the book takes place in “Europe”.

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    I will still never, ever forgive her for ending that series the way she did. I pretend the books ended after Book 3.

    Speaking of which

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    LAND OF THE PAINTED CAVES BY JEAN M. FRIGGIN AUEL.

    Luckily I don’t even need to tell you why because the Amazon reviews say it all. It’s like a punishment for having ever read or cared about any of the other books. It is literally the actual, complete and total worst book of all time. I have never before felt like not only did an author hate writing, but also hated her characters, and most of all hated me for ever liking her work. Land of the Painted Caves did it.

    And of course, the reason I subjected myself to it was because I’d read Clan of the Cave Bear 20 years before, like everyone else who tried to read that abomination of a “final book” in the series.

    I’ve read a lot of really bad books in my time, I tell you. But never has a book hated me as much as I hated it. That is why Land of the Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel is the worst book of all time.

    Sorry I didn’t really answer this ask very well but now I’m too angry about that book. Please address your anger to Ms. Auel.