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- Freie Universität Berlin
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- Decolonization, Cold War, East Africa, Central African Federation, information and communication, international organisations, internationalism, youth, students, transnational networks, solidarity networks, Afro-Asian movement, non-alignment, anti-colonial activism, pamphlets, radio, information, librarians, resources, environment, satellites
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I am a historian of East and Central Africa’s global connections across the period of decolonisation and am currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Freie Universität, Berlin.
My first monograph, African Activists in a Decolonising World: The Making of an Anticolonial Culture, 1952-1966, based on my PhD thesis, (EUI, 2019) was published by Cambridge University Press in 2023.
From 2019 to 2022 I was part of the Leverhulme Trust-funded project ‘Another World? East Africa and the Global 1960s’. One of the project’s outputs is the co-produced Open Access online teaching resource called ‘East Africa’s Global Lives’.
My current work relates to the intersection of information, technology and the environment in East Africa.
- Recent Publications
African activists in a decolonising world: The making of an anticolonial culture, 1952-1966 (Cambridge University Press, 2023), https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009277020.
‘Working for the Wireless World: Radio Uganda Technicians and the Wo/Manpower of 1970s Cosmopolitanism’, Journal of Global History (2023) https://doi.org/10.1017/S1740022823000207.
‘Journalism training in 1960s East Africa, or the transferability of a stapler’, in Damiano Matasci and Raphaëlle Ruppen Coutaz (eds.) Educational Internationalisms in the Global Cold War (Routledge Cold War History series, 2023) forthcoming.
‘Roundtable: The archives of global history in a time of international immobility’, Historical Research (2022), co-edited with Sara Honarmand Ebrahimi, https://doi.org/10.1093/hisres/htac015
‘A New World in the Swiss Alps: Moral Re-Armament, Religious Internationalism and African Decolonisation’, Cultural and Social History (2022), https://doi.org/10.1080/14780038.2022.2106613
‘Just an African radical? A Zambian at the edge of the Third World’, in Laura Almagor, Haakon Ikonomou and Gunvor Simonsen (eds.), Global biographies: Lived history as method (MUP, 2022), https://manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9781526161161/
‘Another World? East Africa, Decolonisation, and the Global History of the Mid-Twentieth Century’, Journal of African History (2021), co-authored with Daniel Branch, Emma Hunter and Gerard McCann, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021853721000566
African Internationalisms and the Erstwhile Trajectories of Kenyan Community Development: Joseph Murumbi’s 1950s, Journal of Contemporary History (2021), co-authored with Gerard McCann, https://doi.org/10.1177/00220094211011536
Federation, Partnership, and the chronologies of space in 1950s East and Central Africa’, The Historical Journal (2020).
‘More than a Cold War scholarship: East-Central African anticolonial activists, the International Union of Socialist Youth, and the evasion of the colonial state (1955-65)’, Stichproben: The Vienna Journal of African Studies, No. 34 (2018).
‘Zoom in, zoom out, change lens: New directions in the historiography of decolonisation’, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Vol. 18, No. 2 (2017).
‘”Shining vistas” and false passports: recipes for an anti-colonial hub‘, Afro-Asian Visions, online (2017).
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- Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia
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- Capitalism, Children & Youth, Colonialism, Government, Higher Ed, Libraries & Archives, Literary History, Politics, Race, Rebellion & Revolution