Posing Slaves for the Camera: Race and Memory in Khartoum, 1882


Fri, 11/13/2020 - 3:00pm to Sat, 11/14/2020 - 2:59pm


Part of the Fall 2020 Middle Eastern and North African Studies Colloquium Series

Eve Troutt Powell, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania


This talk explores a series of photographs taken by a French photographer in Sudan in 1882. The photographs explores racial types for the "enlightenment" of the French government, yet reveal so much more about Khartoum society at a critical time in the city's history. 

Eve M. Troutt Powell teaches the history of the modern Middle East and the history of slavery in the Nile Valley and the Ottoman Empire. As a cultural historian, she emphasizes the exploration of literature and film in her courses. She is the author of A Different Shade of Colonialism: Egypt, Great Britain and the Mastery of the Sudan (University of California, 2003) and the co-editor, with John Hunwick, of The African Diaspora in the Mediterranean Lands of Islam (Princeton Series on the Middle East, Markus Wiener Press, 2002). Her most recent book is Tell This in My Memory: Stories of Enslavement in Egypt, Sudan and the Late Ottoman Empire (Stanford University Press, 2012). Troutt Powell received her B.A, M.A., and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Prior to coming to Penn, she taught for ten years at The University of Georgia. She has received fellowships from the American Research Center in Egypt and the Social Science Research Council, and has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. In 2003 she was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.

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