Thursday, Jul 8, 6-7:30 PM

Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the AtlanticWorld with Jessica Marie Johnson

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Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World with Jessica Marie Johnson The PresbytereGreater New OrleansNew OrleansEvent Date: Thursday, July 8, 2021Join us for an evening with Dr. Jessica Marie Johnson as she discusses her recent book Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the AtlanticWorld (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020). This program is sponsoredby the Friends of the Cabildo as part of the Second Thursday Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Theprogram will take place on Zoom on Thursday, July 8, 2021, 6:00 – 7:30p.m. CDT. Please register here: the BookIn Wicked Flesh, Jessica Marie Johnson explores the nature of complicated intimate and kinship ties and how Black women used them to construct freedom in the Atlantic world. That freedom pivoted on the self-conscious choices Black women made to retain control over their bodies and selves, their loved ones, and their futures as the intimacy of bondage whet the appetites of slaveowners, traders, and colonial officials with fantasies of domination that trickled into every social relationship.Johnson draws on archival documents scattered across three continents, written in multiple languages and largely from the perspective of colonial officials and slave-owning men, to re-create Black women’s experiences from Senegaland French Saint-Domingue to Spanish Cuba and the swampy outposts of the Gulf Coast. Centering New Orleans as the quintessential site for investigating Black women’s practices of freedom, Wicked Flesh argues that Africanwomen and women of African descent endowed free status with meaning through intimate and kinship practices. Their stories outline a practice of freedom that laid the groundwork for the emancipation struggles of the nineteenth century and reshaped the New World.About the AuthorJessica Marie Johnson is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the Johns Hopkins University. She is a historian of Atlantic slavery and the Atlantic African diaspora, and her work has appeared in the Journal of American History, the William and Mary Quarterly, and Slavery and Abolition, amongothers. Johnson is co-editor with Lauren Tilton and David Mimno of the Computational Humanities: Debates in the Digital Humanities series. She was guest editor of Slavery in the Machine, a special issue of the journal archipelagos (2019) and co-editor with Mark Anthony Neal of Black Code: A Special Issue of the Black Scholar (2017).