Dr. Okezi Otovo Presented in Two Conferences and Published an Article


Over the summer, Dr. Otovo participated in a number of important academic events. She attended the Latin American Studies Association annual conference, held in San Juan, PR, where she presented her paper, "Pela Humanização do Parto: A Historical Look at Race, Childbirth, and Black Female Citizenship." In May and June, she was an invited speaker for two panels sponsored by HistoryMiami in partnership with the Little Haiti Cultural Center and the North Miami Regional Library on "Haiti and the Reverberation of Freedom." Dr. Otovo has just published an article "Marrying 'Well:' Debating Consanguinity, Matrimonial Law, and Brazilian Legal Medicine, 1890-1930" in the Law and History Review 33:3 (August 2015). In September, she was invited to present her research in Brazil at the seminar "Mothering Slaves: Comparative Perspectives on Motherhood, Childlessness and the Care of Children in Atlantic Slave Societies," jointly hosted by the University of São Paulo and the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. Please click here to visit the website for this event. She presented a paper on "Black Maternity as Political Risk: Abolition, Reproduction, and Republicanism Compounded,” which was taken from her forthcoming book, Progressive Mothers, Better Babies: Race, Public Health, and the State in Brazil, 1850-1945 (University of Texas Press, May 2016). Dr. Otovo also recently gave an interview on race and education in Brazil for the article "Color Struck" by Autumn Arnett that has just appeared in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (September 24, 2015).