"What about Faces?" A Conversation with Sharonna Pearl, Paul K. Saint-Amour, and Jean-Michel Rabate Wednesday, April 6, 2011; 6:30p.m. to 8 p.m. Free and open to the public at the Slought Foundation, 4017 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.
About the talk
There's something embarrassingly contemporary today about how we quickly render judgment on people from other races and socio-economic backgrounds. Sharrona Pearl's recent book About Faces: Physiognomy in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Harvard 2010) shows how the Victorian world paved the way for our contemporary understanding of facial signs. Please join us for a public discussion tomorrow at 6:30pm about the historical genealogy of the practice of reading faces. Sharrona Pearl has published widely on Victorian science and culture, the history of photography, visual judgment and self-fashioning, and caricature and race. Her current research explores the relationship between pleasure and practices of looking.