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The 92nd “Kru Wage Labour in the Nineteenth Century: Exploring Multidisciplinary Sources”

4 July 2024, 5:40p.m.~ 7:10p.m. (JST)

The 92nd ASC seminar will feature Jeffrey Gunn Ph.d. Jeffrey is active in a diverse range of fields, but this seminar will focus on the history of Africa in the late 18th century, including wage labor contracts with West Africa and Great Britain.

If you are in the area, please join us.


Title: "Kru Wage Labour in the Nineteenth Century: Exploring Multidisciplinary Sources"

Lecturer: Dr. Jeffrey Gunn (Ph.D. York University)

Abstract: By the late eighteenth century, the ever-increasing British need for local labour in West Africa based on malarial, climatic, and manpower concerns led to a willingness of the British and Kru to experiment with wage labour contracts. This talk explores the important roles the Kru in the Kru coast (modern Liberia) served in the Royal Navy as they forged a unique identity amongst other African laboring groups.

Short Bio: Dr. Jeffrey Gunn is a versatile historian, author, consultant and musician whose work intersects history, literature and music. Gunn recently published his book "Outsourcing African Labor: Kru Migratory Workers in Global Ports, Estates and Battlefields until the End of the 19th Century" (De Gruyter, 2021).

◆Date&Time:Thursday 4 July, 2024 5:40p.m.~7:10p.m.(JST)/ 8:40a.m.~10:10a.m.(GMT)

◆Venue:Onsite Room 100(1F Research and lecture bldg.,TUFS)& Online(Zoom Meeting)



Please pre-register in advence from here】Or Use QR Code.

Registration deadline: July 3, 2024 (Wed) * Registration will be closed when capacity is reached.

Zoom information will be sent to your registered e-mail address by the morning of the seminar.

◆Co-organized by Kanto Branch of the Japan Association for African Studies


The 92 nd ASC seminar was held on Thursday 4 July 2024 in a hybrid system. 15 participants were on site and 22 online.
The lecture was about Kru people living in the coastal area of current Sierra Leone and Liberia, who worked in ships as hired laborers as well as various places around the world including South America and Asia. The lecture followed active discussion. At the end of the seminar, Dr. Jeffrey Gunn played a beautiful music inspired his trip in Sierra Leone. It was a very interesting and rich seminar.

(The survey form we informed you at the seminar was incomplete and we were not able to collect feedback from online participants. https://forms.gle/CitpDMqUMaGi3Jdk8 Please click here to fill out the survey form again. If you participated in the seminar, please fill out the questionnaire here by the end of August 2024. Thank you! )

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