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Amy Redgrave


African Studies

Thesis Title: 

‘Colonial Anxieties, Local Debates and Struggles Over 'Prostitution' in Southern Nigeria, 1890-1960.’

Thesis Description:

The thesis focuses on debates about 'prostitution' in colonial south Nigeria, particularly in Lagos and a number of villages that provided in-migration to the city. It asks what they can tell us about conflicts over gender and gender relations in this period.

Supervisors and Institutions: 

Dr Insa Nolte (University of Birmingham)

Dr Benedetta Rossi (University of Birmingham)

Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:

11-13 September 2018: Annual Conference of the African Studies Association of the UK: University of Birmingham

  • Paper: ''Prostitution', Print and Politics in Colonial Lagos: Elite Men and the Marriage Debate, 1890-1920.'

31 May - 2 June 2017: Cadbury Conference, 'Marriage in Africa': Department of African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham

  • Chair: 'Custom, Coercion and Consent: Debates about Marriage in Colonial Africa.'

17 May 2017: Conference Organizer, 'Postcolonialism in Interdisciplinary Perspective.' Department of African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham

  • Chair: 'Gender, Sexuality and Struggle in the Postcolony.'

Professional Memberships:

African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK)

Royal African Society (RAS)

Other Research Interests:

African Studies; African History; History of West Africa; Nigerian History; Labour History; Marxism; Marxist Political Economy; Political Economy; Political Theory; Social Theory; Colonialism; Gender Studies; Sexuality;  History of Sexuality; Women’s History; Women in African Colonial History; History of Prostitution.


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