Gender, genocide, and White Supremacy


Elisa von Joeden-Forgey
Keene State College

April 26 | 7 p.m.
via Zoom and in person at the Arizona Jewish Historical Society
22 E. Culver Street, Phoenix
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The history of genocide and the history of slavery are often considered to be two separate fields of study, linked only by their shared association with large-scale human rights abuses. Comparative approaches tend to emphasize differences, such as the pronatalism of U.S. plantation slavery versus the anti-natalism and mass murder of the Holocaust, to make the case that genocide and slavery constitute ontologically separate processes. Insights of gender scholarship, critical race studies, and postcolonial theory make the case that North American slavery was indeed a form of genocide, and that it should constitute a central case study within Genocide Studies. Explore how North American slavery fits into the case history of genocide, using distinctions that are usually made to separate these two crimes, and offering a new lens for understanding human rights abuses and patterns of harm and trauma in the United States today.

co-sponsored by the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies and the Arizona Jewish Historical Society