Hi, and thanks for finding yourself on my blog! I’m an AHRC funded PhD candidate in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham. My research focuses on the movement of labour from India to the sugar colonies of former European empires. In particular, I’m looking at the cases of Mauritius and Fiji and exploring the lateral links that developed between these previously unconnected outposts of the British Empire.
Why this topic, and why Mauritius and Fiji? I’m interested in colonialism and the migration of labour between different parts of empires, including the movement of people from India to far flung outposts and the resultant differences and similarities that ensued as the sugar colonies they moved to developed into independent nations. Did the experience of these labourers differ in different colonies? Just how mobile were these immigrants? How did they spatially interact with existing populations in these colonies? I focus on the links between Mauritius and Fiji primarily because they shared a pivotal Governor during the late nineteenth century – Arthur Hamilton-Gordon. He was not the only link between the two colonies, which will be explored as I continue to research in British, Mauritian and Fijian archives.
So that’s a short ‘About me’. I’m currently in the third year of my PhD, busy writing up in Nottingham hoping to bring to the fore the importance of understanding the dynamics and experiences of one of the largest labour migration programmes in history.
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