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The talk is based on a chapter of the book about the visual expression of political dissent in the global empires of Spain and Portugal from 1550 to 1700, which I am currently completing. Iberian colonial societies are usually described as being characterised by acceptance of imperial authority. Yet acts of political iconoclasm were anything but rare. Centred on sculptures, paintings or effigies, they revealed the tensions of empire. My research shows overseas capital cities such as Goa, Lima, Mexico City, and Manila in a radically new light as a space of cross-cultural political participation and conflict in which the power of images was used to challenge the king’s highest representatives and renegotiate political order.


All welcome: This event is free, but booking is required.