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Book Talk with Jessica Johnson

Monday, February 15 | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Virtual Event

Join Washington University Alumna, Jessica Johnson, as she talks about her new book, Wicked Flesh.

Johnson draws on archival documents scattered in institutions across three continents, written in multiple languages and largely from the perspective of colonial officials and slave-owning men, to recreate black women's experiences from coastal Senegal to French Saint-Domingue to Spanish Cuba to the swampy outposts of the Gulf Coast. Centering New Orleans as the quintessential site for investigating black women's practices of freedom in the Atlantic world, Wicked Flesh argues that African women and women of African descent endowed free status with meaning through active, aggressive, and sometimes unsuccessful intimate and kinship practices. Their stories, in both their successes and their failures, outline a practice of freedom that laid the groundwork for the emancipation struggles of the nineteenth century and reshaped the New World.

Please register for the event here: https://wustl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tduGprjksHNxcjfizdslzaKUfI1bVw0xR

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Arts & Sciences


Humanities & Society




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Event Contact

Wilmetta Toliver-Diallo | toliver-diallo@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Jessica Marie Johnson is an assistant professor in Johnson is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the Johns Hopkins University.

Johnson is a historian of Atlantic slavery and the Atlantic African diaspora. As a historian, Johnson researches black diasporic freedom struggles from slavery to emancipation. As a digital humanist, Johnson explores ways digital and social media disseminate and create historical narratives, in particular, comparative histories of slavery and people of African descent.

She is the recipient of research fellowships and awards from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute, and the Richards Civil War Era Center and Africana Research Center at the Pennsylvania State University, and the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia.

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