Commodities of Empire 2010 Workshop: Local forms of production as resistance against global domination: anti-commodities
International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam. 17-19 June 2010

Hosted by the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam (IISH, NL) and organised in collaboration with the Technology and Agrarian Development group of Wageningen University (NL), this two-day conference was the 4th international workshop of the Commodities of Empire project.

The workshop focused on local responses to global commodity production both in terms of resisting or engaging with changing social, economic, ecological, and cultural conditions.


Paul Richards, ‘Anti-Commodities; An Africanist perspective’

Nitin Varma, ‘Natives, Coolies and the introduction of Plantation Production of Tea in Assam, 1830-1860’

David Hyde, ‘Undercurrents to Independence: Plantation Struggles in Kenya’s Central Province 1959-60’

Sandip Hazareesingh, ‘Cotton imperialism, peasant resistance, and climate change in Dharwar, western India, 1840s-1880s’

Hanan Hammad, ‘Handloom weavers in Egypt in the first half of the 20th century’

Jonathan Curry-Machado, ‘In cane’s shadow: the impact of commodity plantations on local subsistence agriculture on Cuba’s mid-nineteenth century sugar frontier’

Hernan Venegas, ‘Central Cuba (Las Villas) Between the plantation and patterns of socio-economic diversity: counterpoint or coexistence?’

Teresa Levy, ‘Tobacco Growers and Resistance to American Domination in Puerto Rico, 1899-1940’

Ratna Saptari, ‘Tobacco, Markets and the Peasantry In 19th Century Colonial Java’

Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff, ‘Chewing Tobacco: A Bihari Anti-Commodity?’

Simon Heap, ‘A Booming Business in the Bush: How the Anti-Commodity of Local Ogogoro destroyed the Imported Liquor Trade in Nigeria in the 1930s’

Hanne Cottyn, ‘Andean trajectories at the crossroad of mining and rural livelihoods’