Emily Owens: “Sexuality, Slavery, Affect”

December 6, 2018
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

EMU 145
Crater Lake South

New Directions in Black Feminist Studies: A Speaker Series

Sexuality, Slavery, Affect

Emily A. Owens teaches at Brown University in the Department of History. She works on the history of sexuality and slavery.

This talk draws from her first book project, Fantasies of Consent: Sex, Affect and Commerce in Antebellum New Orleans, and discusses the lives of women of color who were imbricated in the world of sexual commerce under slavery. In this talk, she will focus on the historiographic trends that shape her inquiry (including especially Evelyn Brooks HIgginbotham’s and Darlene Clark Hine’s respective and foundational interest in “silence”) as well as share the reading practice/methodology that shapes her own inquiry into slavery’s history of sexuality. 

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Sponsors: Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Law School, Center for the Study of Women in Society, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, Oregon Humanities Center, Ethnic Studies, Office of the President.