This conversation highlights new approaches to the history of the intertwining of law, visual culture, and land—and the benefits of cross-disciplinary, cross-geographic and cross-historical comparison and collaboration. Mabel Wilson (Columbia University) will present from her new project, Building Race and Nation, which examines how enslaved labor was employed to construct early government architecture and urbanism in the Middle Atlantic States on land dispossessed from Indigenous nations. This work intersects with narratives of racialization in Brenna Bhandar’s (University of British Columbia) work, in particular with her critique of “the possession of the self and land” that is central to the settler colonial project.
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