University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

History of Science and Technology/Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science Colloquium

Friday, September 28th 2018
Speaker: Deirdre Cooper Owens Department of History Queens College, CUNY
Subject: Exploring Hapticity, Slavery and the Emergence of American Gynecology
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.

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.

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