Modern French History @IHR: Discussing maritime histories of the 20C with Venus Bivar (York) and Minayo Nasiali (UCLA)

The sea has always fascinated historians. In these two papers, our guest speakers use the sea, its ‘inhabitants’ and its port cities to rethink political, economic and social dynamics in the twentieth century. We warmly welcome anyone wishing to join us, including graduate and post graduate students as well as independent researchers.

View the papers below, and join us at the seminar on MONDAY 7 MARCH 2022 at 5:30pm. Don’t forget to Register first!

Venus Bivar (University of York) Political Ecology and the Port of Marseille

Minayo Nasiali (UCLA) Needle on the Blood: Economic Freedom and Extralegal Work in Europe’s Merchant Marines (1920-1939)

Chair: Andrew W.M. Smith (Chichester)

About the speakers:

Venus Bivar is a Lecturer in Modern History at the University of York, where she pursues research and teaching in three broad fields: European, economic, and environmental history. Her interests include the history of capitalism, agriculture and international trade, labour, and the environment. Her first book, Organic Resistance: The Struggle Over Industrial Farming in Postwar France (UNC Press 2018), was awarded the J. Russell Major Prize for best book in French history from the American Historical Association, and was honoured by several other prize committees.

Minayo Nasiali is an Associate Professor of history at UCLA.  Her first book, Native to the Republic: Empire, Social Citizenship, and Everyday Life in Marseille since 1945, was published in 2016 by Cornell University Press and her research has also appeared in the American Historical Review and French, Politics, Culture & Society.  She is currently at work on her second book, Sea Traffic:  A Clandestine History of Shipping, Exploitation, and Rebel Sailors Across Empires.


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