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Unfreedom and Capitalism: Online Workshop on Economic Contributions of Slavery and Indenture


This workhop will bring together Economists and Historians who work in the area of unfreedom and unfree labour within the context of colonialism. The research presented will be within the three following themes: 1) Political Economy of Unfreedom, 2) Labour Market Realities and Conditions of Work and 3) Contribution of Unfree Labour to Capitalist Development.


Morning Sessions

Opening Keynote:  London (BST 09:00-10:00), Cape Town (SAST 10:00-11:00), Munich (CEST 10:00-11:00), New Delhi (IST: 13:30-14:30) 

Speaker: Malik Al Nasir, Liverpool based local historian, performance poet and PhD scholar at University of Cambridge

Chair: Samita Sen, Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History, University of Cambridge

Title: How The Slave Business Became a Bank – A Case Study of Sandbach Tinne and The Bank Of Liverpool

Session 1: London (BST 10:00-11:30), Cape Town (SAST 11:00-12:30), Munich (CEST 11:00-12:30), New Delhi (IST: 14:30-16:00) 

Seaker 1: Aaron Graham, University of Oxford,

The violence inherent in the system? Unfreedom, ‘war capitalism’ and Jamaica, 1750-1850

Speaker 2:  Johan Fourie, Stellenbosch University

Big Data in Colonial History: Building an annual panel of households across seven decades

Co-authored with: Erik Green (Lund), Auke Rijpma (Utrecht) and Dieter von Fintel (Stellenbosch)

Session 2: London (11:45-13:15), Cape Town (SAST 12:45-14:15), Munich (CEST 12:45-14:15), New Delhi (IST: 16:15-17:45) 

Speaker 3: Kara Dimitruk, Stellenbosch University

Labor Markets and Institutions in Nineteenth-Century South Africa

Speaker 4: Jenna Marshall, University of Kassel

Recasting Lewis’ labour-surplus model and the limits of intellectual inheritance.

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Afternoon Sessions

Session 3: London (BST 14:00-15:30), Kingston (EST 08:00-09:30), George Town Guyana (GYT 09:00-10:30), New York (09:00-10:30), Cape Town (15:00-16:30), Munich (15:00-16:30), New Delhi (18:30-20:00)

Speaker 5: Neha Hui, University of Reading

Between unfreedoms: Caste identity and Repatriation of Indentured Labour Migrants

Speaker 6: Samita Sen, University of Cambridge

Indenture and Intermediation: Assam Tea Industry, 1830-1930

Session 4: London (15:45-17:15), Kingston (EST 09:45-11:15), George Town Guyana (GYT 10:45-12:15), New York (10:45-12:!5), Cape Town (16:45-18:15), Munich (16:45-18:15), New Delhi (20:15-21:45)

Speaker 7: Partha Pratim Shil, Trinity College, University of Cambridge

Title:  Wages of Servitude: Village chaukidars and security labour in colonial Bengal

Speaker 8: Belinda Archibong, Columbia University

Prison Labor: The Price of Prisons and the Lasting Effects of Incarceration

Closing Keynote: London (17:15-18:15), Kingston (EST 11:15-12:15), George Town Guyana (GYT 12:15-13:15), New York (12:15-13:15), Cape Town (18:15-19:15), Munich (18:15-19:15), New Delhi (21:45-22:45)

Speaker: Suresh Naidu, Professor of Econonomics, Columbia University

Chair: Uma Kambhampati, Professor of Economics, University of Reading

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16th September 2020 @ 9:00 am
18th September 2020 @ 6:15 pm