Race, Gender and the Invisibility of Black Women in Nineteenth Century France

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Date Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Time 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

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Robin Mitchell, author of Vénus Noire will discuss the ways in which representations of Black women such as Sarah Baartmann, Ourika, and Jeanne Duval were constructed in the nineteenth century French imaginary, both visually and in literature.

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Robin Mitchell is an Associate Professor of History at the California State University Channel Islands (CI). She received her master’s degree in Late Modern European History from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her doctorate in Late Modern European History from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Her dissertation investigated the correlation between representations of black women in France and the aftermath of the Haitian Revolution.

In addition to numerous published journal articles, Professor Mitchell’s first book, entitled VÉNUS NOIRE: Black Women & Colonial Fantasies in 19th-Century France was published with University of Georgia Press in January of 2020. It was named by the African American Intellectual History Society as one of "The Best Black History Books of 2020." Before joining the CI faculty in 2016, Professor Mitchell was a full-time faculty member at DePaul University in Chicago.