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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 series of towns and 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.'


In 2019 I will be teaching the following courses:

University of Birmingham:

  • 'Kinship, Gender and Sexuality.' (Course Coordinator: Dr Jessica Johnson)

University of Manchester:

  • 'Colonial Encounters: Race, Violence and the Making of the Modern World.' (Course Coordinator: Dr Steven Pierce)

Professional Memberships:

African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK): Member

Royal African Society (RAS): Member

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; Woman-Woman Marriage


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