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Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies


In this two-day closed workshop, we will explore, through case studies, how and why the history of commodity processing unfolded so unevenly. We are interested in all geographical regions and approaches from various disciplines. Papers will be grouped in thematic panels, pre-circulated to workshop participants, and panel discussion will be opened by a chair/discussant. Paper-givers can then reply succinctly, giving way to open discussion. Papers presented at the workshop may be considered for online publication in the Commodities of Empire Working Papers series: https://commoditiesofempire.org.uk/publications/working-papers/

Register here for the public keynote lecture:

Erika Rappaport (University of California, Santa Barbara) 

“Tate not State”: Refining Sugar, Capitalism and Corporate PR in the British Commonwealth in the 1940s and 1950s - 2 September 2021, 16:30 BST


Image Credit: Silver refining: Patio de la Hacienda de Beneficio de la Mina de Proaño, Zacatecas, Mexico by Petro Gualdi (1840),  Illustration reproduced from the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Museo Nacional de Historia de Mexico, Ciudad de Mexico.