Network

Mara Albrecht is Assistant Professor for History of West Asia at University of Erfurt. Her research interests include urban violence, spatial history, contested histories and memories, and political cultures in the Middle East.


Lauren Banko is a social historian of the 19th and 20th century Middle East and works on the history of borders, migration, and documentary identity in interwar Palestine and its neighbouring territories. She is currently Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the University of Manchester.


Claudia Berger is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Transcultural Studies of the University of Erfurt. She is currently interested in 19th century expeditions culture.


Claire Louise Blaser is a doctoral student at ETH Zurich with a dissertation project on the Global Biography of Frieda Hauswirth Das. She is interested in the politics of radical solidarities and the history of transnational/transimperial feminist and anticolonial activism.


Nicola Camilleri (University of Padua) trained as historian of 19th and 20th century, he is interested in the history of Europe, specifically of Italy and Germany in their global dimensions.


Samuël Coghe is Postdoctoral Researcher at Freie Universität Berlin. His work deals with the transimperial history of colonialism in lusophone and francophone Africa, with a particular focus on the history of medicine, science and agriculture.


Chelsea Davis is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of World History and Africa at Colby College. Her research interests include British imperial history in the 19th and 20th centuries, history of science and the environment, race, labor, and food studies. 


Véronique Dimier is Professor at the Free University of Brussels. She has published: Le Gouvernement des Colonies, Regards Croisés Franco-Britanniques (PUB, 2004); The Invention of a European Development Bureaucracy: Recycling Empire (Palgrave, 2014). Her latest publication is an anthology, edited together with S . Stockwell (eds.), The business of development in post-colonial Africa (2021).


Klaus Dittrich

Klaus Dittrich is assistant professor at the Education University of Hong Kong and investigates global histories of education with an empirical emphasis on Europe and East Asia.


Roel Frakking is a lecturer in the Department of History and Art History at the University of Utrecht. Having received his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, he specializes in the dynamics of violence and decolonization in Southeast Asia. As co-coordinator of the joint Indonesian-Dutch research team, he co-edited a volume entitled Revolutionary Worlds that Amsterdam University Press publishes in 2023.

Maria Framke (Erfurt University) is a historian of modern South Asia, interested in the history of international organizations, (trans)imperial and nationalist politics, humanitarianism, and international relations and ideologies in the 20th century.


Daniel Hedinger teaches at the history department of the LMU, Munich. Specialising in Modern East Asian and European History, his current work focuses on the Second World War in global and transimperial perspectives.


John Hennessey is a historian based at the Department for the History of Ideas and Sciences, Lund University. His current project examines globally-circulating racial discourses about the Ainu people and their political ramifications.


Kirsten Kamphuis is a postdoctoral researcher at the Cluster of Excellence ‘Religion and Politics’ at Münster University. A historian of late-colonial and decolonizing Indonesia, she focuses on childhood and gender from a transimperial perspective.


Reginald E. Kirey is Assistant Lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam (History Department) and PhD student at the University of Hamburg. He specializes on colonial history and legacy in Tanzania.


Jonas Kreienbaum, Privatdozent at the University of Rostock, works on the history of mass violence, economic decolonization and on colonial and imperial history with an emphasis on trans-imperial connections


Dr. Janne Lahti (PhD in 2009) is a historian who works at the University of Helsinki, Finland, as an Academy of Finland Research Fellow. His research focuses on global and transnational histories of settler colonialism, borderlands, the American West, and Nordic colonialism.


Ole Birk Laursen is an Affiliated Research Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies (Leiden University), and his research concerns modern South Asian, anticolonial history, and anarchist history.


Monique Ligtenberg has been a doctoral student at the Chair for History of the Modern World since October 2019. She is currently working on a project on the history of physicians from Germanophone Europe in the Dutch East Indies at the turn of the 20th century.


Eleonor Marcussen is a historian based at the Department of Cultural Sciences at Linnaeus University in Sweden. Specializing in South Asian history, her research interests include socio-environmental histories of infrastructure, imperialism in relation to Nordic colonialism, governance and aid in the politicalization of disasters.


Tom Menger is a postdoctoral researcher at the Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich, studying colonial war and violence as well imperial (oil) infrastructure around 1900 from a transimperial perspective.


Christian Methfessel is a postdoctoral researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History and works on the media history of the imperial expansion, the history of the global Cold War and on European reactions to the Yugoslav Wars of the early 1990s.


Satoshi Mizutani is Professor at the Faculty of Global and Regional Studies, Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan). He has explored theoretical issues on the ‘trans-imperial’, endeavoring to establish it as a viable theme/field of historical research.


Michelle Moyd is Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor of History at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is a historian of Africa, German colonialism in Africa, and World War I in Africa. She is the author of Violent Intermediaries: African Soldiers, Conquest, and Everyday Colonialism in German East Africa (Ohio University Press, 2014).


Marie Muschalek is a research associate and lecturer at the Chair of the History of Knowledge at the University of Konstanz. Her current research interests lie in the area of the history of colonial naturalist knowledge, violence, and aesthetics. 


Diana M. Natermann (Hamburg University) is a postdoctoral researcher at the WONAGO Project – World Order Narratives from a Global South Perspective – and the author of “Pursuing Whiteness in the Colonies. Private Memories from the Congo Free State and German East Africa (1884-1914)“. She combines postcolonial studies with visual history and is specialised on the long-term effects of colonial photography on twenty-first-century stereotypes of subsaharan Africa.

Marc-William Palen is a historian at the University of Exeter. He is editor of the Imperial & Global Forum and co-director of History & Policy’s Global Economics and History Forum.


Reiner Prass is a historian living in Erfurt who has worked for a long time on agrarian history and the history of literacy in France and Germany and has recently focussed on the history of knowledge and of sub-Saharan Africa in the pre-colonial period.


Ned Richardson-Little is a Freigeist Fellow at the Department of History at the University of Erfurt. He is currently working on a project examining German state policy towards international control and prohibition regimes surrounding arms and narcotics from the Kaiserreich to the Nazi era.


Corey Ross is Professor of Modern History at the University of Birmingham (UK), and works on global environmental history, the history of empire, and the social and cultural history of twentieth-century Europe.


Michael Rösser is research assistant at the Otto-Friedrich University Bamberg (Germany). He specialised in the global history of labour at colonial infrastructures, cotton plantations and palaeontological excavation sites particularly in East Africa.


Dr. Baijayanti Roy (University of Frankfurt/Main) is a research scholar interested in the histories of Nazi Germany, colonial and post-colonial India as well as anti-colonial and trans-imperial networks in Asia and Europe.


Zoé Samudzi is a postdoctoral researcher with the ACTIONS Program at the University of California, San Francisco and a research associate with the Centre for the Study of Race, Gender and Class at the University of Johannesburg. As a sociologist, her research engages Southern African imperiality and the Ovaherero and Nama genocide.


Nils Schliehe, PhD candidate at the University of Hamburg, works on African and Portuguese History. He is interested in decolonization, transimperial cooperation, war and conflict studies and the global dimensons of the Cold War.


Felix Schürmann (Erfurt University) is a historian specialising in modern Africa and its global entanglements as well as the history of the maritime world.


Carolyn Taratko is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Erfurt. She works on the history of science and empire in nineteenth and twentieth-century Europe and is currently completing a book on the history of food security in modern Germany and its colonial spaces.


Florian Wagner is assistant professor at the University of Erfurt. He is the author of Colonial Internationalism and the Govermentality of Empire, 1893-1980 (CUP, 2022) and specializes in the history of the International Colonial Institute and the concept of „Repatriation“


Torsten Weber is a historian of modern East Asia and Principal Researcher at the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ Tokyo).


Andreas Weiß (Helmut Schmitdt University, Hamburg) is a historian of modern European history, interested in the history of European Integration, international organizations and (trans)imperial connections and relations of the 19th and 20th century.


Taoyu Yang is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Irvine. His dissertation examines the multi-imperial dimensions of Chinese treaty port cities, with a particular focus on Tianjin and Shanghai.