Against Terracentrism: Oceans as Sites of Struggle and History-Making

June 27, 2022
7:00 pm (GMT +2)

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This lecture will explore the persistent, largely unconscious bias in modern thought by which it is assumed that all real, material spaces are landed and usually national. It argues that world historical processes such as class and race formation have played out at sea and that maritime struggles from below, past and present, have shaped the course of history. The lecture will also introduce a new project the author is undertaking with Nandita Sharma, "Hydra Rising!", about the migrant worker and her challenge to the Herculean power of contemporary global capitalism.

Marcus Rediker is Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh. His “histories from below” have won numerous awards, including the George Washington Book Prize, and have been translated into seventeen languages worldwide. He is the author of The Slave Ship: A Human History (2007) and The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom (2012), which was the basis for his prize-winning documentary film, Ghosts of Amistad, directed by Tony Buba. He is currently working as guest curator in the JMW Turner Gallery at Tate Britain and writing a book about escaping slavery by sea in antebellum America