Commodities of Empire

Project Summary

This project is hosted by: Institute of Latin American Studies

Research interests:
Ancient History, Colonies & Colonization, emigration & immigration, History
Africa, Africa, Asia, Asia, Europe, Europe, North America, North America, South America, South America
Project period:
04-Jan-2017 - 30-Mar-2026
Project categories:
Research project
Project summary:

 The project aims to explore the networks through which a range of commodities
circulated within, between and beyond empires during the rise of global capitalism
from the eighteenth century to present day, through comparisons between
different spatial contexts in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. It seeks to assess the
differential impact of commodity networks on regions and societies in 'south' and
'north', drawing on new historical perspectives to interrogate earlier as well as
more recent periods of globalisation. Building on the project's track record since
2007, its web presence, growing network of scholars, research, publications and
events, our specific aims over the current 2016-2021 five-year period are to foster
innovative international research collaboration on commodity frontiers,
quadrupeds and commodity processing; develop the application of comparative
historical GIS methods; co-organise three major international conferences;
explore publication of a Bloomsbury Academic Commodities series; and widen our
outreach with audio-visual materials.

Management Details

Lead researcher & project contact:

Name Position Institute Organisation Contact
Professor Jean Stubbs Associate Fellow Institute of Latin American Studies SAS