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Nelson Mandela: A Life in Statues

Date and Time: 
Monday, October 6, 2014. 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Humanities Center Board Room
Meeting Description: 
About the speaker
Grant Parker is an Associate Professor of Classics and Co-Director of the Center for African Studies at Stanford University. His interest in classical reception is reflected in his 2001 book, The Agony of Asar (critical edition of a former slave's defence of slavery, written in Latin [Leiden 1752]). New projects have addressed ancient travel literature as well as Rome's Egyptian obelisks.
 
Meeting description
Of the many ways in which Nelson Mandela has been honored and commemorated, bronze statues constitute a particular subset. In this talk, Grant Parker surveys the main Mandela statues, especially the most recent trends, and considers what is at stake in the choice of medium and location. Where does the impetus to commemorate Mandela come from? What is at stake in the choices made concerning statues? To what extent does a single memorial conceptually unify an individual (in this case Mandela)? Do the statues suggest different Mandelas?
 
For more information: dearmond@stanford.edu or aduray@stanford.edu.

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