Ordinary Violence

Emily Owens

Brown University

Emily A. Owens (Ph.D. Harvard University) is an Assistant Professor of History and Faculty Fellow at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University. Her first book project, Fantasies of Consent: Sex, Affect, and Commerce in 19th Century New Orleans is a cultural and legal history of sexual violence and sexual labor in antebellum New Orleans.


This paper uses the ordinary to wedge apart the relationship between violence and civility, that is, the way that violence against black women was a normal part of civil life in the US 19th century. I consider the relationship... [ view full abstract ]


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S8 » Seminar 8: In/Civility (08:00 - Saturday, 24th March, Boardroom East)

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