What I Am Thinking About Now: Emily Owens, "Sex, Violence and the Ordinary"

CSREA Conference Room, Lippitt House, Room 101

Please join us on Tuesday, October 18, 12-1pm for a "What I Am Thinking About Now" presentation from Emily Owens, Assistant Professor of History at Brown University. Her talk is titled, "Sex, Violence and the Ordinary."

We know that sexual violence was a daily occurrence for enslaved women in the US South, and that sexual violence against those women was permitted by the law. This talk turns on the question of everyday life, asking, even as sexual violence was a constant, daily presence in the lives of enslaved women, could it ever be ordinary? Drawing on the legal archive of antebellum Louisiana, the story of an enslaved woman named Marie, and the theoretical apparatus of everyday life, this talk defamiliarizes such categories as consent and freedom, and opens up new questions about the affective and sexual landscape of slavery.

"What I Am Thinking About Now" is an on-going informal workshop/seminar series to which faculty and graduate students are invited to present and discuss recently published work and work in progress. All are invited to attend and participate.

Snacks and caffeine will be provided. RSVP[email protected]