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Mira Xenia Schwerda, Harvard University 14 December 2020 Mira Xenia is a historian and art historian of the modern Middle East and a PhD candidate in Harvard University’s dual program in Middle Eastern Studies and History of Art and Architecture. Her research focuses on the histories of printing and photography and the relationship of art and politics in the 19th century. Her dissertation analyses the impact of photography on the Iranian Constitutional Revolution. Awarded a Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, Mira Xenia will continue her extensive archival research in the Middle East and Europe during the academic year 2018/19. Before coming to Harvard, she earned two M.A. degrees, from Princeton University in Islamic Art History, and from the University of Tübingen in Modern History, Iranian Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies.She has published several articles and essays, including ‘Death on Display: Mirza Reza Kirmani, Prison Portraiture and the Depiction of Public Executions in Qajar Iran’ in The Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication (Brill), ‘Iranian Photography: From the Court, to the Studio, to the Street,’ in Mary McWilliams. David J. Roxburgh (eds.), Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th Century Iran, and ‘Amorous Couples: Depictions of Permitted and Prohibited Love,’ in David J. Roxburgh (ed.), An Album of Artists' Drawings from Qajar Iran, and curated three temporary installations on photographs of Persepolis as well as the photography section for the exhibition ‘Technologies of the Image’ for the Harvard Art Museums. Seen and Unseen: Photographic Portraits of African Slaves in Modern Iran Iran’s history of slavery is little known and even less acknowledged. This is the case despite a plethora of sources documenting the lives of African slaves on Iranian soil, including written documents of administrative, legal and personal nature, drawings and photographs. For this study, I have examined a number of private and commercial photographs of African slaves kept mostly in private collections. After having published a related essay on the depiction of female African slaves in Iranian drawings and paintings in 2017, I would like to discuss and contextualize how the photographs portray race and gender and in how far their visual vocabulary relates to the drawings and to other contemporary Iranian photographic portraiture. Having followed the trails of these photographs for years, I have noted their copies in private and public collections across the world and will examine how much or how little these images circulated in late 19th century Iran. Hence, the title of this presentation. Zoom Link: Topic: NDENCA Seminar Mira Xenia Schwerda Time: Dec 14, 2020 05:00 PM London Join Zoom Meeting https://york-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/97154367279?pwd=QklvTisvand2YTZ6eXkrL0lLNXJadz09 Meeting ID: 971 5436 7279 Passcode: 307474 One tap mobile +442080806591,,97154367279#,,,,,,0#,,307474# United Kingdom +442080806592,,97154367279#,,,,,,0#,,307474# United Kingdom Dial by your location +44 208 080 6591 United Kingdom +44 208 080 6592 United Kingdom +44 330 088 5830 United Kingdom +44 131 460 1196 United Kingdom +44 203 481 5237 United Kingdom +44 203 481 5240 United Kingdom +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) Meeting ID: 971 5436 7279 Passcode: 307474 Find your local number: https://york-ac-uk.zoom.us/u/abuKbKAuFQ Join by SIP 97154367279@zoomcrc.com Join by H.323 162.255.37.11 (US West) 162.255.36.11 (US East) 115.114.131.7 (India Mumbai) 115.114.115.7 (India Hyderabad) 213.19.144.110 (Amsterdam Netherlands) 213.244.140.110 (Germany) 103.122.166.55 (Australia) 149.137.40.110 (Singapore) 64.211.144.160 (Brazil) 69.174.57.160 (Canada) 207.226.132.110 (Japan) Meeting ID: 971 5436 7279 Passcode: 307474

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