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Sasha Turner, an associate professor of history at Johns Hopkins University and author of award-winning Contested Bodies: Pregnancy, Childrearing and Slavery in Jamaica, will lead a lecture on "Enslaved Women's Affective Negotiation and the Archive."

The goal of this presentation is twofold. First, it examines affect as an important site of struggle in the contested relations of power between enslaver and enslaved. And second, it asserts that the invisibility of affect as well as romanticized notions of affective bonds between master and slave reflect the constitution of the archive as a space replicating slaveholders' assertion of power.  Centering affect reveals the assertion of power, and its contestation were not always nakedly visible. The power to move one to feel was similarly violating in its intrusion upon the body.  


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