We welcome Dr Maeve Ryan (Kings College London) to the History Department Research Seminar with her talk 'Humanitarian Governance and the British Antislavery World System'
Book talk: Humanitarian Governance and the British Antislavery World System
Between 1808 and 1867, the British navy’s Atlantic squadrons seized nearly two thousand slave ships, “re‑capturing” several hundred thousand enslaved people and resettling them as "liberated Africans" across sites from Sierra Leone and Cape Colony to the West Indies, Brazil, Cuba, and beyond. In this talk, Maeve Ryan will discuss the set of imperial experiments that took shape as British authorities sought to order and instrumentalise the liberated Africans, and examines the dual discourses of compassion and control that evolved around a people expected to repay the debt of their salvation. This talk will explore the ideas that shaped “disposal” policies towards liberated Africans, the forms of resistance and accommodation that characterised their responses, and the significance of this system for the evolution of a British antislavery “world system,” and for the emergence of modern understandings of refuge, asylum, and humanitarian governance.
Dr Maeve Ryan
Senior Lecturer in History and Grand Strategy
Maeve Ryan is a Senior Lecturer in History and Grand Strategy at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, where she co-directs the Centre for Grand Strategy. Her research interests include: History of empire British foreign policy since 1789 World Order Grand Strategy Slavery, emancipation and abolition War and Slavery Humanitarianism and human rights Climate Change and international order Diplomacy Modern Slavery