Book Discussion: Julia Laite's 'The Disappearance of Lydia Harvey' - 6pm BST, 21st April 2022 - London (In Person)

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Type: 
Event
Date: 
April 21, 2022
Location: 
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Women's & Gender History / Studies, Slavery, Sexuality Studies, Humanities, Social History / Studies

6PM GMT, 21ST APRIL 2022 - FINDING LYDIA HARVEY - A BOOK DISCUSSION WITH AUTHOR DR JULIA LAITE

BARNARD’S INN HALL, LONDON

Registration at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/308666157787 

How did sex trafficking, labour exploitation, inequality, and the rise of border regimes intersect in the early twentieth century? And what can micro-history tell us about the lived experience of these intersecting forces?

For this launch event, former ISRF Fellow Julia Laite is joined by a panel of historians to discuss her recent book, The Disappearance of Lydia Harvey: A True Story of Sex, Crime and the Meaning of Justice. The book, newly out in paperback, is a global microhistory which reconstructs the lives of people who were involved in an infamous sex trafficking case in the early twentieth century. At the heart of the history is the young woman Lydia Harvey, a working-class girl from New Zealand who left the gruelling labour of domestic service behind when two people promised her a better and easier life. Using innovative micro-historical research and narrative techniques, the book traces her journey from New Zealand, to Argentina, and to London, and also examines the lives of those whose stories intersected with hers.

The book tackles the thorny issue of global sex trafficking, examining its cultural resonance, its legal context, and its all-too-human face and linking it to labour exploitation, gendered and racial inequalities, and the growing border regimes of the early twentieth century world. Laite illuminates the way in which individuals, cities, and nations were linked together by networks of migrant labourers and their exploitation, by the expanding global sex and entertainment industries, and by the dreams and aspirations of ordinary people like Lydia Harvey.
Julia Laite will offer an overview of his book with responses from two experts on the topic: Siobhán Hearne, a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University, and author of Policing Prostitution: Regulating the Lower Classes in Late Imperial Russia (2021); and Matt Houlbrook, Professor of Cultural History at the University of Birmingham, and author of Prince of Tricksters: the Incredible True Story of Netley Lucas, Gentleman Crook (2016). Your questions and a discussion will follow, moderated by Professor Christopher Newfield, ISRF Director of Research. All are welcome, both to attend and to participate.

Register to attend at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/308666157787 

THIS IS AN IN-PERSON EVENT

Indicative Schedule

6:00pm: Welcome & Introduction
6:10pm: Julia Laite introduces 'The Disappearance of Lydia Harvey'
6:25pm: Panel Responses
7:00pm: Q&A/Discussion
7:30pm-9:00pm: Opportunity to continue informal discussion over drinks*

*Please note: this is a catered event - to assist us in ordering the right quantity of drinks (alcohol and soft drinks will be served), please do cancel your ticket if you will not be able to attend. If you will need to leave at 7:30pm, please let us know by emailing stuart.wilson@isrf.org.

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