Anna Arabindan-Kesson

Data Fellow

Anna Arabindan-Kesson

Anna Arabindan-Kesson is Assistant Professor of Black Diasporic Art with a joint appointment in the Departments of African American Studies and Art and Archaeology. In her research and teaching she focuses on Black Diaspora and British Art, with an emphasis on histories of race, empire, and medicine. Her book, Black Bodies, White Gold: Art, Cotton, and Commerce in the Atlantic World, was published by Duke University Press earlier this year. As a Data Fellow, Arabindan-Kesson will continue work on her project, Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism (warning: graphic content). The online database includes images and objects relating to the issues of colonial medicine, artistic representation and race, as well as data visualization tools and other materials to assist users in engaging with these items. During the fellowship year, Arabindan-Kesson will consider strategies to develop new tags or categories that highlight what is absent from the images and objects—in particular, information involving the medical expertise and experiences of Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities.