Participant Info

First Name
Ana Carolina
Last Name
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Website URL
African History, German colonial History, History of Photography, Visual History
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Personal Info

About Me

I am currently a PhD student in African History at the Department for African Studies at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. I completed both my Bachelor and Master’s degree in History at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil).

My doctoral research focuses on how German colonialism used photography in Africa and how the circulation and production of photographs created connections with the colonial system more broadly. Through a Global History approach, this project seeks to comprehend a colonial photographic standard about work thematic. Exploring a large scale of photography demonstrates photographs of work are everywhere. Professional photographers and vernacular photography shed light on the work situation in German colonies in Africa (1884-1918). In addition, the concept of work under colonial rule has been discussed to incorporate diverse spaces of work, domestic services and gender debates.

The project is funded by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD 10/2018 – 09/2022) and supervised by Prof. Dr Andreas Eckert (Humboldt University) and Prof. Dr Patricia Hayes (University of the Western Cape)

Recent Publications
Eckert, Andreas. Historical writing and the global turn: perspectives from a historian of Africa. [Interview given to] Ana Carolina Schveitzer and William Blakemore Lyon.
Esboços,Florianópolis, v. 28, n. 48, p. 600-616, May/Aug. 2021.
Available in English and Portuguese: <>
Schveitzer, Ana Carolina; Börgerding, Lea; Broughton, Oscar. A global history of internationalism. Esboços , Florianópolis, v. 28, n. 48, p. 626-639, maio/ago. 2021.
Available in English and Portuguese:
Schveitzer, Ana Carolina: Book review: Ambivalent. Photography and Visibility in African History, In: H-Soz-Kult, 24.11.2020, <>.

Tagungsbericht: Colonialism as Shared History. Past, Present, Future, 07.10.2020 – 09.10.2020 digital, in: H-Soz-Kult, 24.04.2021, <>.

DAAD Youtube: My research experience in Germany

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Togo, Cameroon, Namibia, Tanzania, Germany
Expertise by Geography
Africa, Germany
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Capitalism, Colonialism, Economic History, Genocide, Labor, Women