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Florian Balbiani
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Florian Balbiani is a PhD student at the Centre for Transcultural Studies at the University of Erfurt. His work focuses on the transimperial history of colonialism, Christian missions, and linguistic knowledge in East Africa. His research project, titled “Exploring Swahili: African Linguistics in Germany, Britain, and East Africa, 1843-1945”, aims to investigate the ideological and political factors, as well as the concepts, networks, and material conditions that shaped the production of knowledge about the East African vernacular Swahili. This investigation encompasses, on the one hand, the competition and cooperation among European missionaries, colonial officials, and Africanists from a transimperial perspective. On the other hand, it examines the contributions of African actors, ranging from scholars on the Swahili coast to lecturers in the colonial academic institutions in Europe.

2023: Mission – Kolonialismus – Nationalsozialismus. Ernst Dammann und die Hamburger Afrikanistik, 1930–1937 (= Hamburger postkoloniale Studien, vol. 8), München.
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