The Newport Middle Passage Port Marker Project presents Dr. Akeia de Barros Gomes in an online event for the general public in collaboration with the Redwood Library and Atheneum of Newport.


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In this presentation, Dr. Barros Gomes will discuss how the dynamics underlying the gendered/raced/sexual relationships created under colonialism manifest themselves today. She will also explore how the perspectives of different eras of Black feminism, human rights, and sexual health add to the conversation. She will also explore contemporary Black feminist literature which critiques foundational Black feminist thought on this subject. In an effort to bridge the two, she will analyze media representations of the Black female body in the context of human rights and sexual rights, as this offers global and historical perspective without minimizing the agency of those whose bodies have historically been exploited for profit.

Dr. Akeia de Barros Gomes is the Senior Curator of Maritime Social Histories at Mystic Seaport Museum and is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University. She is responsible for working on curatorial projects of race, Indigenous histories, ethnicity, and diversity in New England’s Maritime activities. She leads a multi-disciplinary team to examine Mystic Seaport Museum’s and other regional collections to develop contemporary re-imaginings of people’s actions in the past and present and translating that into content relevant to today’s social environment. Akeia received her BA in anthropology/archaeology at Salve Regina University and her MA and PhD in anthropology/archaeology at the University of Connecticut.

2 thoughts on “Event | The Colonization of Black Female Bodies with Dr. Akeia de Barros Gomes 7/21

  1. I missed this program (The Colonization of Black Female Bodies). Was it recorded? Can I watch it now? Joan Murray 781-540-4503

    1. Hi Joan. This is not an event we organized. You can contact the hosts to request a recording.

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