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A Brave New World: Breeding, Utopia, Conquest

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018. 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Humanities Center Boardroom
Workshop: 
Feminist/Queer Colloquium
Meeting Description: 

In the sixteenth century, Europeans set out to control nature by “taking charge of race,” in the words of heretic philosopher Tommaso Campanella. The prevailing wisdom of animal husbandry suggested that society could be improved if only humans could properly breed themselves as they had done with horses, dogs, and sheep. This talk discusses ideas of breeding, inheritance, and race to analyze how projects for bringing the Old World to the New intersected with utopian trends in Renaissance thought.

Mackenzie Cooley is a PhD candidate in history.

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