Black/White Intimacies: Reimagining History, the South, and the Western Hemisphere
This two-day symposium explores interracial interactions and the forming of American culture during the antebellum period and beyond. We will address questions such as:
- 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?
A highlight of the weekend will be a Friday evening performance by Professor E. Patrick Johnson, who is Carlos Montezuma Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Northwestern University.
The symposium will begin at 9 a.m. on April 21, 2017, at the Hotel Capstone.