Johnson Launches Fall 2018 Sex & Slavery Lab

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The Sex and Slavery Lab launched for fall 2018 with its first speaker, Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens (Queens College, City University of New York. Cooper Owens visited campus September 18-20th as a guest of the Sex and Slavery Lab and the Program in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology. Dr. Deirdre Cooper is the author of Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology (2017), traces the relationship between slavery and women’s professional medicine in early America; it won the OAH Darlene Clark Hine Award. Dr. Cooper Owens is an associate professor of history at Queens College, City University of New York. The recipient of several prestigious honors including the University of Virginia’s Carter G. Woodson Postdoctoral Fellowship and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fellowship in Washington, D.C., she is a graduate of two historically black colleges and universities, Bennett College and Clark Atlanta University. Her dissertation won the University of California, Los Angeles’s Mary Wollstonecraft Dissertation Award for best women’s history project. She is currently an Organization of American Historians 2018-2019 Distinguished Lecturer.

Dr. Cooper Owens spoke in the Sex and Slavery Lab on Tuesday, September 18th, followed by a book talk moderated by Ayah Nuriddin on the 19th. She then offered a History of Medicine Colloquia Lecture, “Exploring Exploring Hapticity: Slavery and the Emergence of American Gynecology,” on September 20th.

All events co-sponsored with the Johns Hopkins University Program in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, the Department of History, the Sex & Slavery Lab, and African Diaspora, Ph.D.

The Sex & Slavery Lab brings scholars knowledgeable about the ways race, sex, histories of slavery, violence, and resistance have intersected in the lives of straight, queer, cis, and trans women and gender non-binary people of African descent across the diaspora into conversation with graduate students, junior faculty, and each other. The Sex & Slavery Lab is convened by Jessica Marie Johnson, Assistant Professor Africana Studies and History at the Johns Hopkins University.

For more information on the Sex & Slavery Lab click here.