Isabell Scheele is Assistant Professor for History and Civilization of German-speaking countries at the University of Lille, France. She received her doctorate in 2017 at the Universities of Aix-Marseille and Tübingen. Her thesis "Transimperial relations : the example of German Togo and French Dahomey (1884-1914)" (in French, with a German summary of 50 pages) deals with various encounters and comparisons which happened between the two hereabove mentioned colonies in West Africa : first space-sharing and border demarcation ; second the impact of transimperial relations on the development of state structures (administration, army/police, law, medicine) and infrastructure as well as the activities of missionary societies in Togo and Dahomey. Third, military conflicts in the same region which implied French-German encounters. She is currently working on different Austrian and German ethnologists in the 20th century: Hugo Bernatzik, who worked for the Nazi administration, and his transimperial pretensions; Franz Boas, a German-American ethnologist, and his efforts to save intellectuals from Nazi Germany; Eike Haberland and his work destined to help cultural decolonization in Africa; finally Georg Elwert and Christian Sigrist, especially their political engagement in the Global South.
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