I graduated from Humboldt University and Free University, Berlin, with a MA in both History and African Studies. My Ph.D. thesis (from the European University Institute) concerns the history of court culture in twentieth century Tanganyika. It traces various linguistic and conceptual languages that were regularly invoked in the so-called “native courts” of the Usambara Mountains, such as the slavery discourse, the narrative of healing, corruption talk, and human rights. It argues that native courts were much more than sites at which custom was at play. My new research deals with mission history and local conceptions of spirituality on the Zambian and Congolese Copperbelt.
History of political imagination and decolonization
My new research is part of the ‘Comparing the Copperbelt’ project. It is concerned with religious expressions and local notions or spirituality on the Zambian and Congolese Copperbelt since the 1940s. I am particularly interested in how notions of urbanity played out in religious discourse and practice in this urban region that has long been closely tied to the busts and booms of the mining sector.