Offshore Attachments: Oil and Intimacy in the Caribbean

Dr. Chelsea Schields ’08, a transnational historian of sexuality, race, and energy, will be speaking about her forthcoming book (University of California Press, 2023). By the mid-twentieth century, the Caribbean islands of Curaçao and Aruba housed the world’s largest oil refineries. The book demonstrates that oil corporations and political authorities offshored intimacy, circumvented laws regulating sex, reproduction, and the family, and tried to maximize profits and turn Caribbean subjects into citizens. In this talk, Schields narrates how Caribbean laborers, domestics, housewives, and sex workers challenged and embraced efforts to alter intimate behaviors in service of the energy economy, molding the industry from the ground up.

Dr. Schields is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine, and holds a Ph.D. in History from the Graduate Center – City University of New York.

Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Buchner Hall of the Alumnae/i House
1021 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson, MD 21204, USA

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Academic, History and Historic Preservation, Administrative, Center for Race, Equity and Identity (CREI)


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