Women's History Seminars

On Fantasy

Boston Seminar on the History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

This session argues that fantasies of racial and gendered mastery—seen in law, racial performance, and sexual violence—were important world-making tools in the 19th century. It looks at how white supremacist fantasies took shape in the courtroom and in blackface dramas, what their impact was, and how historians might begin to find and examine these fantasies in the archives.


Rhae Lynn Barnes, Member of the Society of Fellows at University of Southern California and Assistant Professor of American Cultural History at Princeton University (beginning 2018)

Emily Owens, Assistant Professor of History, Brown University


Jasmine Johnson, Assistant Professor in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies and the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, Brandeis University

The Boston Seminar Series on the History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality—cosponsored by the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study—offers scholars and students an opportunity to discuss new research on any aspect of the history of women and gender in the United States, without chronological limitation.

The seminar series includes four meetings that will take place during the 2016–2017 academic year, each revolving around the discussion of a precirculated paper. 

Registration for the series is required.

Registered participants may access the papers online at the Massachusetts Historical Society website.

For more information, please call 617-495-8647 or e-mail seminars@masshist.org.