Lecture: Judith Byfield Lecture
World War II was a global conflict with wide reaching political, economic, and social impact. Byfield will speak to the central role that Africans played during World War II and the effect of those experiences on anti-colonial politics. She will focus specifically on agricultural production for the war effort in Nigeria, the role of women in those mobilization efforts, and their political actions emerging from the war.
Judith Byfield is an associate professor of history at Cornell University and a former president of the African Studies Association. Recently she co-edited Africa and World War II(Cambridge, 2015) and is also the author of The Bluest Hands: A Social and Economic History of Women Indigo Dyers in Western Nigeria (2002). Byfield currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Women's History and is on the advisory board for the Journal of African History.