Events in the Tri-Co Featuring Premodern Cultures

Please join us for these events at the Tri-Co that focus on early cultures. If you would like us to advertise your event, email us at and we will update the list.

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jie shi

the vision of immortality in a princely stone sacrophagus in sixth-century china

Dated to 532 CE, Prince Yuan Mi’s lavishly engraved stone sarcophagus exemplifies a hitherto little understood Chinese visual strategy, i.e., using the imagery of diagonal gaze to make a persuasive visual argument. Because gaze in medieval Chinese literature was an idiom for “closeness” and “parallelism,” the artist used the slanting gaze to shorten the physical and psychological distance between the three-quarter-view gazers and the gazed at, a group of ancient filial paragons residing in a landscape setting in the outermost layer. In supporting this argument, this essay also looks into the epitaph buried with the sarcophagus, which similarly paints a beautified picture of the deceased prince as a good official, which he was not according to his official biography.

visual culture colloquium

wednesday, nov. 14, 12:30

old library 224

bryn mawr college


C. Riley Snorton

“Fleshy Encounters: black feminisms and the mutability of gender”

C. Riley Snorton’s talk traces how flesh figures one route into the proverbial question of how matter matters. Juxtaposing the archives of J. Marion Sims, lionized as the father of American gynecology, with the cross-gender maneuvers of fugitive actors in 19th century slave narratives, Snorton frames how transness became conceivable, as a kind of being in the world in which gender though biologized was not fixed but fungible, which is to say, revisable within blackness, as a condition of possibility.

queer crossings

tuesday, nov. 13, 4:30

carpenter library, room b21

bryn mawr college


chanchal dadlani

translating india: mughal art and french knowledge production in the late eighteenth century

The eighteenth century was a period of heightened contact between India and France, resulting in the circulation of images and ideas between the courts of the Mughals and that of Versailles. In this talk, I explore how Jean-Baptiste Gentil collaborated with Indian artists and translators to produce albums that mediated between the traditions of Mughal manuscript painting and the audiences of eighteenth-century Paris, ultimately revealing the impact of Mughal manuscript culture on eighteenth-century French knowledge production. 

visual culture colloquium

wednesday, oct. 24, 12:30

old library 224

bryn mawr college

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greta lafleur

toward and environmental theory of early sexuality

If sexology—the science of sex—came into being sometime in the nineteenth century, then how did statesmen, scientists, and everyday people make meaning out of sex before that point? In this talk, Greta LaFleur explores how eighteenth-century natural history—the study of organic life in its environment—actually provided the intellectual foundations for the later development of the scientific study of sex.

queer crossings

wednesday, oct. 3

old library room 224

bryn mawr college

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Jamie Taylor

The medieval now: white nationalism, medieval studies, and race

Associate Professor Jamie Taylor of the Department of English will discuss new ways of looking at race.

thursday, sept. 27

bryn mawr college

carpenter library, room 21

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kathleen m. brown and vanjessica gladney

the penn slavery project

Galvanized by archival evidence that they dis/uncovered of sustained and sustaining connections between Penn alumni and the consolidation of ideologies and practices of "scientific" racism before and after the Civil War and slavery's abolition, the student-researchers have problematized the University's claims to have been singularly untouched (unlike, say, Harvard, Brown, Yale) by entanglements in slavery and its profound historical legacies, and they have very productively challenged Penn to engage in addressing and even redressing the elisions in its accounts of itself. The presentation situates the Penn Slavery Project in the historical conjunctures in which it was inspired and has unfolded, and promises in so doing to resonate powerfully with our own students' efforts to engage in evidence-based, research-intensive inquiry into the sometimes complicated legacies of institutional memorialization at Bryn Mawr.

tuesday, nov. 27, 4:30-6:00

bryn mawr college

carpenter library b21