In her lecture, Professor Laleh Khalili reflects on the lives and bodies of modern seafarers in the western Indian Ocean. Khalili takes the body of the seafarer as a starting point to address issues like exploitation and unregulated shipping companies. The seafarer is one anchor of the global economy. What can such human-scale experiences tell us about capitalism? How is the body of the seafarer related to the economy of the Arab world and its global network?

Out at sea, the everyday life of seafarers is shaped by their daily interactions with one another and their officers of various nationalities. Seafarers are also at the mercy of the weather, piracy, and the latest technologies. Long periods of isolation and loneliness are interspersed with moments of joy and increasingly rare rest and recuperation upon arrival in port.

Laleh Khalili is Professor of International Politics at the Queen Mary University of London. Her research focuses on infrastructures, political violence, transnational movements of ideas and practices, and the Middle East. Her forthcoming book, Sinews of War and Trade (Verso 2020), examines the role of maritime infrastructures as conduits of movement of technologies, capital, people and cargo.

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Date:Thursday 16 January 2020
Time:17.00 – 18.15 hrs (doors open at 16.30 hrs)
Location:Erasmus Paviljoen, campus Woudestein
Moderation: Dr. Jess Bier

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Entrance: Free

Organized by Erasmus School of Social And Behavioural Sciences, Studium Generale and Erasmus Institute for Public Knowledge. This lecture is part of the DPAS International Lecture Series.