Black and White Photograph of Roger Casement

Credit:  Sir Roger David Casement
(1864-1916), Public domain,
via Wikimedia Commons

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Suitable for introductory or survey courses in the humanities, this module focuses on the last fifteen years of the life of the diplomat and human rights advocate Roger Casement (1864-1916), which included his investigation of abusive practices on the rubber plantations of the Congo Free State and in the Putumayo District of the Amazon, as well as involvement with the Irish independence struggle. Because of the connection to the international rubber trade, the final years of Casement's life illuminate the connections between colonialism, extraction, labor exploitation, and questions of human rights. The public revelation of Casement's homosexuality in his conviction for treason by the British enables conversation about the history of gay rights in relation to these topics.

This resource is part of the following program: Redesigning Modernities.


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You can download the resource files here: Roger Casement, the International Rubber Trade, and Human Rights (1901-1916)
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Magali Armillas-Tiseyra is an Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at Penn State-University Park. Her research centers on African and Latin American literatures, with a focus on the intersection of large-scale comparative frameworks, such as World Literature and the Global South, with local and regional specificities. Her first book, The Dictator Novel: Writers and Politics in the Global South, was published by Northwestern University Press in 2019. You can learn more about Dr. Armillas-Tiseyra on her faculty profile page.

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