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Postcolonial Uses for the Primary Sources of British Imperial Merchant Seafarers in the 19th & 20th Centuries Roundtable

This discussion with researchers of colonized seafarers was hosted on on March 8, 2022.

How might researchers better explore primary sources to write post-colonial maritime histories? This workshop brings together scholars of British-Asiatic and British-African merchant seafarers to discuss the challenges.

Recorded Talks

Looking for Lascars in the Archive: Non-European Seamen in Ships’ Official Logbooks

Naina Manjrekar, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.

‘Native’ Seafarers, Racial Management, and the Problem of Agency

Ravi Ahuja, Centre for Modern Indian Studies, Göttingen University.

Finding Colonized Seafarers (and others) in Unlikely Places: What to Do When ‘There are no sources’

Laura Tabili, Department of History, University of Arizona.

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