Critical Encounters Series: Camille Owens: “Tom Wiggins’s Sensorium: Black Suffering, White Enjoyment, and the Un-ending Antebellum Family”

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 11:45am to 1:15pm

Camille Owens is a PhD candidate in African American Studies and American Studies. Her areas of research include nineteenth-century racial science, performances of blackness and disability, and the history of childhood. Her dissertation, ‘Blackness and the Human Child: Race, Prodigy, and the Logic of American Childhood,’ traces a genealogy of black prodigy performances from the eighteenth century to the twentieth, examining scientific and popular intersections of race and child-development as measures of the Human.
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CRITICAL ENCOUNTERS highlights new scholarship in the field of American Studies, bringing together Yale faculty and graduate students as well as other scholars and artists to present work in progress and promote interdisciplinary conversations around the diverse aspects of the American experience locally, nationally, and globally.