The British–Yemeni Society invites you to a lunch-time lecture on Tuesday 12 March 2019 by the Society's Academic Grant scholar Joseph Higgins on Empire and Federation in South Arabia, c. 1952–67. The talk will take place at the Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BQ at 12.30. Please note that this event takes place at 12.30 to 14.00 (doors open from noon) in response to members' requests that we should hold some meetings during that time rather than at the end of the day.
Joseph Higgins is a PhD History student at the University of Southampton, and the British-Yemeni Society 2017 academic grantee. His thesis examines the origins, creation and collapse of the Federation of South Arabia from an intellectual perspective, assessing how British colonial officials created, conceptualised and applied the idea of a South Arabian federal state. It examines how the federal idea was perceived to be a ‘panacea’ to a broad range of difficulties Britain faced across the mid-twentieth century, highlights attempts to construct a self-contained ‘federal logic’ that sought to overcome intellectual and policy dilemmas and contradictions, and evaluates the power and influence of these ideas in shaping the end of the British Empire in South Arabia.
The event is free and open to the public, without any registration required. All are welcome!