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Weaponising Hunger: Colonial food denial

June 2 @ 2:30 pm - 2:50 pm

FREE but booking required - see entry for details
  • Date and time:Sunday 2 June 2024, 2.30pm to 2.50pm
  • Location:In-person only
    York Explore Library, Library Square, Museum Street (Map)
  • Admission:Free admission, booking required
  • Wheelchair accessible

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Thomas Wright of the University of York examines the British administrations’ use of food denial measures in Kenya in the 1950s.

Based on controversial colonial administration records (migrated archives), Thomas reveals the ways that food was appropriated, restricted and denied to make the population increasingly unable to manage their own sustenance. Inevitably, when the answer to disloyalty was enforced hunger, the unfortunate consequence was suffering and hardship.


About the speaker

Dr Thomas Wright is a historian and researcher who recently completed his PhD on repertoires of coercive controls in the Mau Mau emergency at the University of York. His research focuses on British Imperialism and decolonisation, with a particular interest in Kenya and East Africa. Thomas is the author of a recent article, ‘Constituencies of Control’ – Collective Punishments in Kenya’s Mau Mau Emergency, 1952–55 in the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History.


This event is part of York Festival of Ideas – for the full programme see https://yorkfestivalofideas.com/2024/calendar/


June 2
2:30 pm - 2:50 pm
FREE but booking required - see entry for details


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