History Department
History Department

IHS Book Talk: "Sexuality and Slavery: Reclaiming Intimate Histories in the Americas," by Daina Ramey Berry, University of Texas at Austin, and Leslie M. Harris, Northwestern University (History Faculty New Book Talk)

Thu, September 19, 2019 | RLP 1.302B (Glickman Center)

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The History Faculty New Book Series presents:

Sexuality and Slavery: Reclaiming Intimate Histories in the Americas
(University of Georgia Press, 2018)

A book talk and discussion with Co-Editors
Daina Ramey Berry
Oliver H. Radkey Regents Professorship in History, University of Texas at Austin
Leslie M. Harris
Professor of History, Northwestern University

Winner, Best Black History Book of the Year, Black Perspectives

In this groundbreaking collection, editors Daina Ramey Berry and Leslie M. Harris place sexuality at the center of slavery studies in the Americas (the United States, the Caribbean, and South America). While scholars have marginalized or simply overlooked the importance of sexual practices in most mainstream studies of slavery, Berry and Harris argue here that sexual intimacy constituted a core terrain of struggle between slaveholders and the enslaved. These essays explore consensual sexual intimacy and expression within slave communities, as well as sexual relationships across lines of race, status, and power. Contributors explore sexuality as a tool of control, exploitation, and repression and as an expression of autonomy, resistance, and defiance. Read more about the book here.

This edited volume was developed out of the “Sexuality & Slavery: Exposing the History of Enslaved People in the Americas” conference (view the program) at UT Austin in 2011, sponsored by the Institute of Historical Studies, around the institute’s theme on “Power and Place.” Drs. Berry and Harris were IHS Fellows in 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, respectively, working on projects titled “The Price for their Pound of Flesh: The Value of Human Property” and “Leaving New Orleans: A Personal Urban History.”

Contributors include: Trevor Burnard, Stephanie M. H. Camp, Catherine Clinton, David Doddington, Jim Downs, Thomas A. Foster, Marisa Fuentes, Stephanie Jones-Rogers, Jessica Millward, Bianca Premo, and Brenda Stevenson.

"A provocative book that contains groundbreaking research. Examining new paradigms for understanding sexuality and intimate relationships in the colonial Americas, the authors challenge existing assumptions and confront the shortcomings of typical approaches used in historical scholarship.
—Katie Knowles, Black Perspectives

Please RSVP to cmeador@austin.utexas.edu to reserve your seat and receive a copy of the reading selection to be discussed. This discussion is part of the IHS' History Faculty New Book Talk Series.

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History

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