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Diane Frost (Liverpool): Work, Community and Exclusion. West African Seafarers in Early Twentieth-Century Liverpool

July 4, 2017, 5:30pm BST - 7:00pm
German Historical Institute London

17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A2NJ
United Kingdom

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Migration, Citizenship and Welfare in British History

Seminar Series | Summer Term 2017

Immigration and the entitlement of migrants to citizenship and welfare are among the most contentious political topics in present-day Britain. The GHIL seminar series in the summer term 2017 will put this debate into historical perspective. It consists of four lectures delivered by distinguished British experts in the field, who will analyse public and intellectual discourse, practices, cultures, and frameworks, as well as mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion. By pursuing these themes from medieval to contemporary Britain, the lecture series will examine how the debate surrounding immigration in Britain has evolved over the centuries.

4 July

Diane Frost (Liverpool)
Work, Community and Exclusion: West African Seafarers in Early Twentieth-Century Liverpool

The lecture will consider a number of exclusionary mechanisms that operated in early twentieth-century Britain with specific reference to black seafarers in colonial ports like Liverpool. It will explore a number of measures instituted at different levels of British society throughout the 1920s, including those introduced at state level that aimed to undermine the legal status of black seafarers, and pressures from ‘below’, from those sections of organized labour that campaigned against the employment of black labour. Both responses will be located in the specific socio-economic and historical conditions of the post-First World War period, and take into account localized factors prevailing in colonial seaports like Liverpool.

Diane Frost lectures in Sociology at the University of Liverpool and has research and teaching interests in the history of Black Liverpool, migration, identity and belonging, asylum, and race hate. Her books include Africa in Crisis (2002, co-edited with A. B. Zack-Williams and A. Thompson) and From the Pit to the Market: Politics and the Diamond Economy in Sierra Leone (2012).

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