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The Corporeal Life of Commerce at Sea

18 Nov
The Corporeal Life of Commerce at Sea

In this lecture, Professor Laleh Khalili will reflect on the lives and bodies of modern seafarers in the western Indian Ocean. Drawing on ethnography aboard container ships steaming Arab seas, the archives of various missions to seafarers serving Arabian Peninsula ports, local and global union cases on their behalf, and other literary and archival documents in Arabic and English, she will consider the quotidian life of labour, tedium, longing, and camaraderie aboard ships today. Perhaps most important, she will show that to think about commerce at sea, we have to locate the Arab world’s economy in a global network of capital accumulation, and to seek in the macropolitical sweep of history the human-sized, the everyday, the embodied experience, and the affective lives of the people who make such commerce possible.

About the speaker

Laleh Khalili is a Professor of International Politics at Queen Mary University of London, and the co-editor of the Middle East series at the Stanford University Press.


This lecture will be held in the Edmond J. Safra theatre which is located on the Ground Floor of King's Strand.

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