Here is one of them:
It was an exciting event, packed with scholarship, literature, music and art and attended by hundreds of delegates. Full details http://www.blackportraitures.info/
All the papers were livestreamed and recorded so in theory available to hear, but the sessions were so numerous that it is best to consult the program first.
The RE-SIGNIFICATIONS exhibits - contemporary artists' responses to historic representations - are on three sites through June and July. These too were so packed with artworks and people that it was hard to capture any useful views, but these give a glimpse:
On the weekend of 28-31 May is a large-scale scholarly gathering
BLACK PORTRAITURE[S] IMAGINING THE BLACK BODY AND RE-STAGING HISTORIESorganised by NYU in Florence Italy and including a vast range of papers on literally hundreds of topics. Rather too many to cover in a blog, but among the attractions is an exhibition
RE-SIGNIFICATIONSthat will be on view all summer at the Museo Bardini, Villa la Pietra and Fondazione Biagiotti Progetto Arte,