Wednesday 6 February 2019


Congratulations to the Commodities of Empire team - Prof. Jean Stubbs, Dr. Jonathan Curry-Machado and Prof. Michael Chanan - on their recent AHRC networking grant award.

‘Commodity Frontiers and Environmental Change in a Challenged Coastal Region of Cuba’ is a collaboration between Commodities of Empire, at ILAS, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and the Fundación Núñez Jiménez de la Naturaleza y el Hombre in Cuba.  This project, beginning in April 2019, will establish a global network of scholars working on the historical impact of commodity frontiers and extreme weather events on vulnerable communities.

The project will involve the production of a pilot three-part series of 20-minute documentaries, in English and Spanish, exploring how a history of hurricanes and global commodity frontiers has impacted on the natural environment, and coastal and rural communities made vulnerable by excessive exploitation of natural resources and the inequalities of the global market. It will focus on the local community of Caibarién, which was in the eye of Hurricane Irma in September 2017, and the surrounding region of Remedios, in north-central Cuba.

Commodities of Empire is a British Academy Research Project that is a University of London-based collaboration between the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).