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“He was running it like a plantation”: Psychiatric spaces and social death in the Jim Crow South, presented by Dr. Kylie Smith
In this presentation, Dr. Kylie Smith explores the long history of the shadow of the plantation, as both a symbol and a reality, in state psychiatric hospitals in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi in the twentieth century. Drawing on extensive archival work Dr. Smith demonstrates that Black patients were subject to psychiatric spaces that were little more than the plantation reimagined: spaces in which containment, not cure, was the object.

This event is organized as a part of Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism. During the 2021-2022 academic year, Art Hx presents curative / spaces, a programming series that explores the relationship between race, space, and healthcare through the lens of art and design. We will host a range of events that consider how experiences of race and medicine are spatially produced in architecture, design, and in the circulation of art. We want to reflect on how these relationships affect access to resources, meanings about the body, and people’s understandings and conceptions of healthcare. We hope the series will help us imaginatively redesign these processes of health injustice and build new practices of care together through art’s ability to transform society.

Website: https://artandcolonialmedicine.com/events/

This event is sponsored by The Humanities Council Exploratory Grant in Collaborative Humanities, the Center for Digital Humanities, and the Departments of African American Studies, Art & Archaeology, and Religion.

Sep 13, 2021 04:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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