Northwestern University

Fri 12:00 PM

From Slaves to Debtors? The Politics of Credit in Abolition-Era East Africa

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When: Friday, February 24, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

Where: 1902 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Iszy Licht   847.467.2770

Group: Buffett Institute for Global Studies

Category: Global & Civic Engagement


This talk will examine how non-elite East Africans accessed and used credit in changing ways in the decades surrounding the abolition of slavery in coastal East Africa. It will show how the analysis of African contractual lives offers alternative perspectives on histories of colonial capitalism and personhood.

Hollian Wint, Buffett Institute postdoctoral fellow, received her PhD from New York University in 2016. She specializes in the socio-financial history of East Africa, western India, and the Indian Ocean. Her current project charts the transformations of regional financial and familial networks in the aftermath of the abolition of slavery and the consolidation of British imperial rule in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

This is part of the Buffett Institute Faculty & Fellows Colloquium. On Fridays during the school year, the Buffett Institute hosts Northwestern faculty and/or visiting fellows to present their current research. This forum brings together an interdisciplinary audience to build awareness of global research on campus. The series helps promote dialogue on scholarship and develop a deeper sense of community among Buffett Institute affiliates. Each meeting lasts one hour; lunch is provided. Please arrive early to get lunch and find a seat.

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