ESALA AHT Seminar Series | Kathleen James-Chakraborty

Tue Mar 05 2024 at 05:15 pm to 06:30 pm

Elliot Seminar Room, Minto House (MIN_2.403) | Edinburgh

Edinburgh College of Art
Publisher/HostEdinburgh College of Art
ESALA AHT Seminar Series | Kathleen James-Chakraborty
Writing Global Histories: The Belgian Friendship Building
About this Event

Join us for the Architectural History & Theory Seminar Series for 2023/24.

This event is taking place both in person and online. Please confirm how you wish to attend when reserving your ticket. Instructions will be sent on how to find the venue and how to join online via email.

About Kathleen James-Chakraborty

Kathleen James-Chakraborty is Professor of Art History at University College Dublin where she holds an European Research Council Advanced Grant for the project “Expanding Agency: Women, Race, and the Global Dissemination of Modern Architecture.  Her books include most recently, Modernism as Memory: Building Identity in the Federal Republic of Germany (Minnesota 2018).

About this talk

The Belgian Pavilion for the World of Tomorrow world’s fair held in New York in 1939 and 1940 was designed in part to advertise the riches it was reaping from its colonial administration of the Congo.  The government-in-exile ‘gave’ it to Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia, where it still stands.  Although it is not clear that this gesture ever generated support for the Belgians from the university’s African American staff and students, the building did play a key role in the Civil Rights movement in the former capital of the Confederacy, hosting five speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King.


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Elliot Seminar Room, Minto House (MIN_2.403), Minto House, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


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