Events

Sep
19
Wed
Medical Bondage Deirdre Cooper Owens @ Barnes and Nobles Johns Hopkins
Sep 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Medical Bondage Deirdre Cooper Owens @ Barnes and Nobles Johns Hopkins | Baltimore | Maryland | United States

Description

The accomplishments of pioneering doctors such as John Peter Mettauer, James Marion Sims, and Nathan Bozeman are well documented. It is also no secret that these nineteenth-century gynecologists performed experimental caesarean sections, ovariotomies, and obstetric fistula repairs primarily on poor and powerless women. Medical Bondage breaks new ground by exploring how and why physicians denied these women their full humanity yet valued them as “medical superbodies” highly suited for medical experimentation.

In Medical Bondage, Cooper Owens examines a wide range of scientific literature and less formal communications in which gynecologists created and disseminated medical fictions about their patients, such as their belief that black enslaved women could withstand pain better than white “ladies.” Even as they were advancing medicine, these doctors were legitimizing, for decades to come, groundless theories related to whiteness and blackness, men and women, and the inferiority of other races or nationalities.

Sep
21
Fri
Poetry Reading by Douglas Kearney @ Sherwood Room, Levering Hall
Sep 21 @ 5:00 pm
Sep
22
Sat
Unpacking Hateful Things & Contemporary Practices @ Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Sep 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Unpacking Hateful Things & Contemporary Practices @ Reginald F. Lewis Museum | Baltimore | Maryland | United States

Johns Hopkins University Center for Africana Studies: Unpacking Hateful Things & Contemporary Practices

Saturday, September 22, 1pm

This race conversation will trace the legacy of Jim Crow as revealed in objects used to dehumanize African Americans and will then connect this legacy to contemporary circumstances in Baltimore and beyond. This event is in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Africana Studies.

In conjunction with the Jim Crow Black Memorabilia exhibition, Hateful Things.

For more information and to register for this event: Please click here