21 Oct 202012:30pm - 2:00pmOnline Event


The seminars provided a supportive, intellectually stimulating environment in which to share work and receive feedback from people in various disciplines.

– Chana Morgenstern (Early Career Fellow in Michaelmas 2018)

This event is part of the CRASSH Fellows Work-in-Progress Seminar Series. All welcome, but please email fellowships@crassh.cam.ac.uk to book your place and to request readings. 


Dr Bronwen Everill

Maritime Household Economies in Pre-Colonial West Africa

During my CRASSH Early Career Fellowship, I will be working on a new article exploring the development of the local, household-level economies of West African port towns. This emerges from a database of occupations and wages that I have been building to investigate how the maritime economy in places like Freetown, Sierra Leone and Saint-Louis, Senegal expanded and changed over the period from the end of the 19th century to the early 20th century. Although this was the period of the height of the slave trade, I will not primarily be looking at the export trade, but examining local economies’ use of enslaved labour in the work of these ports, and the ways that the slave-export economy interacted with local and regional patterns of work and household labour.

I am particularly interested in engaging with questions about the ways that maritime households participated in the economic activities of port cities, ranging from fishing to transportation, provisioning to domestic services.  With off-shore oil drilling and contested international fishing rights featuring regularly in the news of these countries, the maritime and port economy history of West Africa is a timely reminder that the stories people tell and are told about their economic histories matter.


Dr Bronwen Everill is a Cambridge Early Career Fellow and is at CRASSH in Michaelmas Term 2020.

Bronwen Everill is 1973 Lecturer in History at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. Prior to arriving at Cambridge, she held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at King’s College London. She has taught at Warwick University and held an Andrew Mellow Fellowship at Oxford University. She is the author of Not Made By Slaves: Ethical Capitalism in the Age of Abolition (Harvard, 2020), Abolition and Empire in Sierra Leone and Liberia (Palgrave, 2013) and the editor, with Josiah Kaplan, of The History and Practice of Humanitarian Intervention and Aid in Africa (Palgrave, 2013). She is broadly interested in exploring the relationships between Africa and the Atlantic World – particularly the United States – in the modern period.

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