Culture, Class, Connection


You are very welcome to the website for Culture, Class, Connection: Bridging Debates on Class and Inequality in the UK and Japan. We are a group of academics who have come together with the aim of developing a network of scholarship and enquiry into issues of contemporary class formation, identity and the different dimensions of inequality in a comparative international context. This website will provide you with information about the team, our interests, activities and how you can make contact with us. 


Public Lecture: Slavery and Prosperity: Rethinking Williams (10am BST/6pm JST Online with simultaneous translation)

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Join us for a public lecture on Wednesday 17th April at 10am BST/6pm JST to consider the legacy of Eric Williams and his contribution to studies of slavery and prosperity.

Date and time: Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 10am UK/6pm JST
Venue: Online Zoom webinar
Join Zoom Webinar:

9:30- Doors open

10:00- Public Lecture:
Maxine Berg (Professor Emeritus, University of Warwick)
'Slavery and the British Economy: New Developments After Eric Williams'

10:30- Comments:
Amadou Jalloh (Waseda University Graduate School of Economics)
'The Great Cotton Tree and the Inherited Memories of the Slave Trade In Sierra Leone'

Masato Takeuchi (Professor, Nihon University)
'Arms=Labour Trade in the Pacific after the Abolition of the Slave Trade in the 19th Century'

Kazuo Kobayashi (Associate Professor, Waseda University Institute for Political Economy)
'The Intellectual Legacy of Eric Williams in Japan'

11:00- Q&A sessionPlease come and join us. Please Register here as soon as you can.

This event takes place as part of the Culture, Class, Connection project.  

Organised by Shinobu Majima (Economics, Gakushuin University).

Our partner institutions.

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Our project is jointly funded in the UK by the AHRC & ESRC under the 'Japan-UK Social Science and Humanities Connections' call. It is also supported by the Japanese Government Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology's (MEXT) 'Kakenhi' Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Programme.