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Human Zoos in Scotland

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The World Fairs and International Exhibitions that recorded human achievements, demonstrated scientific and industrial innovations, and introduced visitors to other cultures and peoples are most readily associated with Paris, Chicago and London. Yet Scotland hosted its own flurry of shows in the early 1900s, and even held one of the last fairs in Europe, the famous Empire Exhibition of Glasgow, in 1938. These shows were controversial, since they often saw people shipped across the world to perform stereotypically ‘indigenous’ rituals or produce craftwork for the amusement of visitors. This illustrated talk by Dr Emma Bond of the University's Department of Italian will explore the stories behind the images displayed in the exhibition posters, which all relate to ethnographic displays that took place in Scottish cities just one hundred years ago, from alleged romances between Somali villagers on display in Portobello to the feats of Buffalo Bill in Glasgow. This talk complements Human Zoos: Putting People on Display, an exhibition running at the Byre from 9 April to 7 May.
Presenter
Byre World
Type
Seminar
Open to
All staff and students
Date
Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Time
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where
Byre Theatre, Studio
Contact
Laura Pels Ferra
Email
modlangs@st-andrews.ac.uk
Website
https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/modlangs/research/seminars/
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