"Exploring Hapticity, Slavery and the Emergence of American Gynecology"
Friday, September 28, 2018 - 3:35pm
Deirdre Cooper Owens
Department of History
Queens College, CUNY

In this talk, Cooper Owens explores how enslaved women's perceptions of their senses (sights, sounds, touch, and taste), influenced their behavior and healing while they underwent gynecologic surgeries. She asserts that slavery studies and medical history sits at the center of haptic studies and in order to understand the medical lives of enslaved people, we must understand their responses to their environments and also, the new ethic of being early gynecologists created out of these encounters.