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Interview: Gastropod

I was interviewed about Oil Palm: a Global History for Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley’s award-winning Gastropod podcast. The episode titled “The Most Interesting Oil in the World” aired in December 2021.

Conference:”Raw and Refined: Commodities, Processing, and Global Perspectives”

‘The Raw and the Refined: Commodities, Processing, and Power in Global Perspective’ – Keynote Lecture Date2 September 2021, 4.30pm – 5.30pm Keynote Lecture for the 2021 Commodities of Empire Workshop ‘The Raw and the Refined: Commodities, Processing, and Power in Global Perspective’ Visit this link to register for the public keynote presented by Dr. Erika Rappaport titled “Tate andContinue reading “Conference:”Raw and Refined: Commodities, Processing, and Global Perspectives””

Incredible hulks

The second in a series of palm oil photos that didn’t make the cut for Oil Palm: a Global History. This is the clearest photo of a hulk I’ve been able to locate. Unfortunately it’s still pretty boring. But these “hulks” played a vital role in turning southeastern Nigeria into the world’s biggest exporter ofContinue reading “Incredible hulks”

Making palm oil

This is the first in a series of images that didn’t make it in my new book, Oil Palm: a Global History. This photo was taken in the early twentieth century and printed on a postcard sold in the Gold Coast (today, Ghana). The back of the postcard unfortunately says nothing interesting. The photo showsContinue reading “Making palm oil”

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