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Stone Center 2020 Author’s Discussion Series: Marisa J. Fuentes “Dispossessed Lives – Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive” (Virtual)
April 2, 2020 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Each year, the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History invites authors and scholars to share their newest research on topics in African American and African Diaspora history and culture. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the book talk with Professor Michelle Maria Wright has had to be cancelled. Instead, the Stone Center will be offering footage from the 2018 book talk with Marisa J. Fuentes, Associate Professor, Rutgers University.
In her book, Fuentes creates a portrait of urban Caribbean slavery in the eighteenth century town of Bridgetown, Barbados, which was heavily populated by both enslaved and free women. She takes us through the streets of Bridgetown with an enslaved runaway; inside a brothel run by a freed woman of color; in the midst of a white urban household in sexual chaos; to the gallows where enslaved people were executed; and within violent scenes of enslaved women’s punishments. In the process, Fuentes interrogates the archive and its historical production to expose the ongoing effects of white colonial power that constrain what can be known about these women.