Conferences and Talks


2018    “Creating the Indian Ocean World: Historical Space and Narratives of the Swahili Coast in the 1880s,” University of North Florida, November 15, 2018


Conferences Organized

2015    The Scholar as Activist, the Activist as Scholar, Center for the Humanities at Temple, March 24, 2015

2012    James A. Barnes Club Graduate Student Conference, Temple University, March 16-17, 2012

Panels organized

2019    German Africas: Postcolonial Strategies across Three Regimes, German Studies Association Conference, Portland, OR, October 3-6, 2019

2017    “Diplomacy and Imperialism in Wilhelmine and Weimar Germany,” American Historical Association Conference, Denver, CO, January 5-8, 2017

Papers presented

2019    “Battling for the Historical Memory of German Colonialism: The West German Microfilming of the Tanzanian National Archives,” German Studies Association Conference, Portland, OR, October 3-6, 2019

“Trans-Imperial Anti-Slavery and Anti-Islam in the 1880s,” Empire and Globalisation(s). Circulations, Exchanges and Trans-Imperial Cooperation in Africa, 19th-20th Centuries Conference, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, May 9-10, 2019

“Borders and Regional Identities in Precolonial Tanganyika,” Florida Conference of Historians, Sarasota, FL, February 19-20, 2019

2018    “Racial Thinking and German Colonial Forestry,” German Studies Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, September 27-30, 2018

2017    “Friedrich Ratzel and Human Geography in German East Africa,” German Studies Association Conference, Atlanta, GA, October 5-8, 2017

“Appropriating the Hinterland: The Indian Ocean World and German Colonial Geographies,” Spatialisation under the Global Condition Conference, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, September 29-October 2, 2017

“Protestant Culture versus African Superstition: Racial Thinking in Anglo-German Relations during the Maji Maji War, 1905-1907,” American Historical Association Conference, Denver, CO, January 5-8, 2017

2016    “Mapping Imperial Geographies in East Africa: Digital Mapping in African History,” Creating Spatial Historical Knowledge: New Approaches, Opportunities and Epistemological Implications of Mapping History Digitally, German Historical Institute, Washington, DC, October 21, 2016

“Swahili Geographies and the Invention of Hinterland,” Greater New York African History Workshop, Philadelphia, PA, April 8, 2016

“The Charismatic Explorer and German (Pre-)Colonialism, 1870-1895,” Philadelphia Area Modern Germany Workshop, Philadelphia, PA, March 26, 2016

2015    “Drawing and Redrawing Internal Legal Borders in German East Africa, 1885-1895,” African Studies Association Conference, San Diego, CA, November 19-22, 2015

“ASMEA and Changes in African Studies since September 11th, 2001,” 9/11 and the Academy Conference, Emory and Henry College, Emory, VA, November 6-7, 2015

“Hinterland”: A German Word Becomes International in East Africa,” German Studies Association Conference, Washington, DC, October 1-4, 2015

2014    “Reconstructing the Swahili Coast in the Wake of the Bushiri War,” African Studies Association Conference, Indianapolis, November 20-23, 2014

“Changes in Form and Content of Reports of German Travel to East Africa, 1884–1895,” German Studies Association Conference, Kansas City, MO, September 18-21, 2014

“Debating the Future of German Empire: The Bushiri War and Emin Pasha Expeditions, 1888-1890,” German Historical Institute Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar in German History, Washington, DC, May 7-10, 2014. Attendance sponsored by the German Historical Institute, Washington, DC

“Performing the Conquest of Africa: Theatricality in the German Emin Pasha and Bushiri War Expeditions, 1889-1891,” Stage and Performance – Theatricality in International History since 1500 conference, Berlin, Germany, April 28-30, 2014. Attendance sponsored by the German Research Council

2013    “Intensive or Extensive Colonization: The Debate Over French and British Models of Rule in German East Africa, 1890-1894,” African Studies Association Conference, Baltimore, MD, November 21-24, 2013

“Expeditionary Colonialisms in East Africa: The Hermann Wissmann and Emin Pasha Expeditions of 1889,” German Studies Association Conference, Denver, CO, October 3-6, 2013

“Writing the Divide between East and Central Africa: German Accounts of the Bushiri Rebellion and the Emin Pascha Expedition of 1888-1890,” Bridging Histories of East and Central Africa Conference, Bayreuth, Germany, June 7-8, 2013. Attendance sponsored by Institute of African Studies, University of Bayreuth and Centre for Area Studies, University of Leipzig

2012    “Making East Africa African: The German Colonial Geography of the Swahili Coast,” African Studies Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 29-December 1, 2012

“Race and Slavery” Roundtable, African Scholar for a Day featuring Jonathon Glassman, Philadelphia, PA, November 28, 2012 “Muslim and Traditional Space in German East Africa,” German Studies Association Conference, Milwaukee, WI, October 4-7, 2012