One hundred and fifty years after the emancipation of slaves, this seminar looks at unfree labour as a persistent feature of agricultural work in the American South during the Twentieth Century.
This is often an overlooked phenomenon both by policy makers and by scholars. Starting from the case of the US Sugar Corporation in Florida, which has faced allegation of unfree labour throughout the century, Dr Nico Pizzolato will build a bridge between scholars of African American agricultural labour and scholars of Latin American immigration.
This talk is part of the Interdisciplinary Labour Studies seminar that draws scholars from history, sociology, political economy, women's studies, industrial relations, and other fields in assessing the place of labour and working people in society.
It features cutting edge research done within the University, with scholars from the different Schools, and occasionally from outside the University.
Its format consists in a presentation of a research in progress and ample time for discussion. The seminar aims to foster interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration around the topic of labour, social activism, and working people in UK and internationally.
Dr Pizzolato is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Work Based Learning. He has gained his PhD at University College, and lectured at Queen Mary, University of London, Università di Palermo, and the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on: research are social movements and social protest, social policy in the age of Fordism, the post-World War II labour market, coerced and migrant labour in the 20th century, critical pedagogy, and work-based learning at university level.
He has published numerous articles in leading peer-reviewed journals such as Labor History, International Review of Social History, and Contemporary European History. His latest book is Challenging Global Capitalism: Labor Migration, Radical Struggle, and Urban Change in Detroit and Turin (Palgrave, 2013).
This event is free to attend but places are limited.