Gender Symp. "Mysteries and Myths: Writing a History of Enslaved Women's Sexuality and Resistance," a talk by Barbara Krauthamer
Fri, March 23, 2012 • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM • Garrison Hall (GAR) 4.100
Originally scheduled for March 9th, this presentation will now take place on March 23rd (same time/place).
The Department of History's Graduate Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality presents:
"Mysteries and Myths: Writing a History of Enslaved Women's Sexuality and Resistance"
A talk by Barbara Krauthamer, Ph.D.
Fellow, Institute for Historical Studies, UT Austin
Assistant Professor of History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"This talk, a work-in-progress, examines the ways enslaved women's sexuality informed their resistance strategies in the antebellum south. This work seeks to move beyond the familiar framework of sexual abuse and exploitation to consider the moments when enslaved women pursued sexual autonomy and pleasure. Is it possible for historians to imagine enslaved women as people who were not always already sexually brutalized? And can we contemplate enslaved women's sexuality without immediately turning to a narrative of black women's respectability?"
The Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality has been a fixture in Department of History since 2001, offering a forum for graduate students and faculty to present papers and works-in-progress for discussion in a relaxed and collegial atmosphere.
Prof. Krauthamer's faculty web page:
Refreshments will be provided. No RSVP needed; free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Program Coordinators Valerie Ann Martinez (email) and Allison "Alley" Schottenstein (email)