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Black/White Intimacies: Reimagining History, the South, and the Western Hemisphere, A Symposium
April 22, 2017
This two-day symposium explores interracial interactions and the forming of American culture during the antebellum period and beyond. We will be joined by a host of emerging and established scholars from academic institutions in the United States and France, who will help us address questions like “What were the limitations of interracial intimacies and how might people have addressed those limitations in various settings – domestic spheres, legal systems, religious spaces, classrooms? If people across races and cultures lived, ate, slept, and traveled together, what were the implications for cultural understanding—or lack thereof? What was interracial intimacy and how might expressions of such intimate contact have been guided by race, gender, and class? In addition, the weekend features a Friday evening performance by Professor E. Patrick Johnson, Northwestern University, and two keynote addresses by Professors Michael Bibler, LSU, and Rebecca Wanzo, Washington University, St. Louis.
Free and open to the public