Dr. Nicole Ivy, visiting scholar at the Department of American Studies at GW, gave her lecture on November 13th, 2017 on the topic "As Well as She Ever Was: On the Clinic and Enslaved Women's Representational Labor". In her talk, she discussed how her work approached the archives of slavery and medicine in order to consider the bearing of surrogacy and spectacularity upon enslaved women in the antebellum South. By examining a cohort of black women who circulated through a Montgomery, Alabama slave clinic from 1850 to 1860 and beyond, Ivy posits the clinic as a site of what Dylan Rodriquez names as "capillary power" in the context of U.S. enslavement. Her talk queried that circulation and also explored the idea of "What does it mean for one body to be doctored for the good of an/other?".
Sponsored by the Department of American Studies and the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences