Tuesday, 21 February, 2017
Hope Smith, doctoral student of anthropology, will discuss "Adorned Identities: An Archaeological Perspective on Race in Eighteenth-century Virginia"
Institutionalized slavery helped to create the concept of race in the American mind and forced people into new social categories based on superficial bodily characteristics. People used dress, adornment, and physical action to negotiate, reinforce, or challenge these new identities. Hope Smith combines an archaeological analysis of clothing and adornment artifacts with a close reading of mass-produced satirical prints and runaway slave advertisements to reveal how 18th-century Virginians, both free and enslaved, negotiated multiple identities within the confines of this system.
Dinner reservations are required, and seating is limited. A reservation can be made by calling Holly's Gourmet's Market and Cafe at 865-330-0123.