Research Project

Aviation in Africa after 1950

I won a fellowship and a grant to lead a 4-year (until 2023) DFG-funded research project on aviation and airlines in postcolonial Africa, case studies of the multinational airline Air Afrique and Ethiopian Airlines. I am currently working on a book on aviation in postcolonial Africa based on my findings from this project.

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#metoohistory

#metoohistory: Radio-Interview

I was interviewed for Deutschlandfunk Kultur “Studio 9. Der Tag mit…” as one of the co-founders of #metoohistory following the panel discussion on the abuse of power in the sciences at German universities at the 54. Historikertag 2023 in Leipzig 

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#metoohistory

#metoohistory: discussion panel at Historikertag 2023

The #metoo initiative organised and hosted a panel discussion on the abuse of power in the German academic system during the annual meeting of the German association of historians, bringing together senior and junior scholars, students and experts. The event turned out to be highly anticpated, intensively debated afterwards and was a huge sucess.   

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Research Project

German Trade with Africa and Asia

DFG-funded research project on foreign trade securitization and economic security beyond the nation-state. I joined the project in its 3rd funding period, taking into focus German economic relations with developing countries during the postcolonial period and the emerging international economic networks. 

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Article

Zeit für ein Institut der Zukunft

I wrote an article on my vision for a forward-thinking university institute of the future for the Utopia. - series of the science portal of the Gerda Henkel Stiftung. Imagine an institute that opens doors to collaboration and emphasizes openness, as well as embracing technological advances, fostering diverse perspectives, and providing inclusive opportunities for people of all backgrounds and abilities in the field of history.

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Research Article

Putting a Nation on the Map

This 2022 paper for "Comparativ", explains how the Project of publishing a National Atlas of Ethiopia helped to construct a geographical imaginary of Ethiopia that has an impact until today. 

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Workshop

Fractured Skies

Together with Waqar Zaidi, I organised a digital workshop on the history of aviation in the Global South. In June 2022, we hosted an interdisciplinary range of scholars from across the world.  

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Interview

The International Podcast

Obinnaya Chukwu of York University interviewed me for episodes 8 & 9 of his podcast project on pivotal historical events that are important for understanding African International Affairs today.

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About me

Hello, I'm Marie, a historian by training, specializing in global economic history and the history of development, as well as postcolonial business history. My research helps us to better understand the complexity and interconnectivity of our globalised world. 

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Article

Die Politisierungs-maschine

For the Zurich-based blog "Geschichte der Gegenwart", I wrote about international cultural politics and the civil war in Ethiopia. 

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Research Publcation

State enterprises in Africa: a postcolonial history

Together with Alexander Keese, I co-edited a special issue for the Zeitschrift für Unternehmensgeschichte, in 2022, and our introduction is open access. Four papers look into agrarian, transport, financial and energy-related state enterprises after 1950.

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Discussion

Systemwandel (fach)gerecht?

I was invited as a postdoc to speak on a panel of the VHD in summer 2023, to discuss career prospects and working conditions for postdocs and recent proposals for reforming the WissZeitVG.

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Passion Project

Perspektiven .Blog

I founded this blog, which I now run together with a team of volunteers, to share the individual career paths and biographies of people who ventured from research in the humanities and social sciences towards new careers outside of the academic system. 

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Research Article

UN Tourism Development in the 1960s

This paper, published in 2021 in the "Journal of Contemporary History" explores the relationship between UN development programs and the built-up of tourism sectors in the developing countries during the 1960's.

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Article and Online Course

Patrimónios Contestados

For this project, I contributed a lecture on UNESCO World Heritage in Ethiopia; two of my texts were translated into Portuguese to appear in an edited volume and the Sunday edition of Público newspaper. 

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#metoohistory

#metoohistory: Creating a platform for dialogue and change

After two cases of sexual misconduct in my department at my Alma Mater caused outrage among colleagues and in the media in 2023, I founded the #metoohistory initiative, which is active on social media, with events, and with networking and consulting behind the scenes.  

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Buchcover_klein

Developing Heritage - Developing Countries

My first book investigates the historical development of UNESCO’s World Heritage program, concentrating on Ethiopian World Heritage sites from the 1960s to the 1980s. It explores how UNESCO, in collaboration with Ethiopian elites, played a pivotal role in shaping a “useful past” during the nation-building process and also highlights UNESCO’s shift from a knowledge producer to a direct provider of development policies.

Article

State-owned success in the air

This paper, published in the "Zeitschrift für Unternehmensgeschichte", shows how Ethiopian Airlines and the multinational Air Afrique were able to break into the global air transport market and stay competetive during the 1960s and 1970s.

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Article

Äthiopiens Kulturerbe ist in Gefahr

I contributed an article to the renowned German newspaper, Der Tagesspiegel, delving into the intersection of cultural heritage and the conflict in northern Ethiopia. My article highlights the imminent threat to Ethiopia's cultural heritage in the face of military conflicts, dwindling cultural tourism, and precarious historical narratives.

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Workshop

Global History of State Enterprises

In November 2020, I hosted a digital workshop which brought together international scholars working on the history of state enterprises in developing countires.

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Interview

[Anno...]

I was interviewed about my research on Ethiopian heritage and tourism with the German history podcast AnnoPunktPunktPunkt.

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Research Project

Aviation in Africa after 1950

I won a fellowship and a grant to lead a 4-year (until 2023) DFG-funded research project on aviation and airlines in postcolonial Africa, case studies of the multinational airline Air Afrique and Ethiopian Airlines. I am currently working on a book on aviation in postcolonial Africa based on my findings from this project.

Click Here

#metoohistory

#metoohistory: Radio-Interview

I was interviewed for Deutschlandfunk Kultur “Studio 9. Der Tag mit…” as one of the co-founders of #metoohistory following the panel discussion on the abuse of power in the sciences at German universities at the 54. Historikertag 2023 in Leipzig 

Click Here

#metoohistory

#metoohistory: discussion panel at Historikertag 2023

The #metoo initiative organised and hosted a panel discussion on the abuse of power in the German academic system during the annual meeting of the German association of historians, bringing together senior and junior scholars, students and experts. The event turned out to be highly anticpated, intensively debated afterwards and was a huge sucess.   

Click Here

Research Project

German Trade with Africa and Asia

DFG-funded research project on foreign trade securitization and economic security beyond the nation-state. I joined the project in its 3rd funding period, taking into focus German economic relations with developing countries during the postcolonial period and the emerging international economic networks. 

Click Here

Article

Zeit für ein Institut der Zukunft

I wrote an article on my vision for a forward-thinking university institute of the future for the Utopia. - series of the science portal of the Gerda Henkel Stiftung. Imagine an institute that opens doors to collaboration and emphasizes openness, as well as embracing technological advances, fostering diverse perspectives, and providing inclusive opportunities for people of all backgrounds and abilities in the field of history.

Click Here

Research Article

Putting a Nation on the Map

This 2022 paper for "Comparativ", explains how the Project of publishing a National Atlas of Ethiopia helped to construct a geographical imaginary of Ethiopia that has an impact until today. 

Click Here

Workshop

Fractured Skies

Together with Waqar Zaidi, I organised a digital workshop on the history of aviation in the Global South. In June 2022, we hosted an interdisciplinary range of scholars from across the world.  

Click Here

Interview

The International Podcast

Obinnaya Chukwu of York University interviewed me for episodes 8 & 9 of his podcast project on pivotal historical events that are important for understanding African International Affairs today.

Click Here

About me

Hello, I'm Marie, a historian by training, specializing in global economic history and the history of development, as well as postcolonial business history. My research helps us to better understand the complexity and interconnectivity of our globalised world. 

Click Here

Article

Die Politisierungs-maschine

For the Zurich-based blog "Geschichte der Gegenwart", I wrote about international cultural politics and the civil war in Ethiopia. 

Click Here

Research Publcation

State enterprises in Africa: a postcolonial history

Together with Alexander Keese, I co-edited a special issue for the Zeitschrift für Unternehmensgeschichte, in 2022, and our introduction is open access. Four papers look into agrarian, transport, financial and energy-related state enterprises after 1950.

Click Here

Discussion

Systemwandel (fach)gerecht?

I was invited as a postdoc to speak on a panel of the VHD in summer 2023, to discuss career prospects and working conditions for postdocs and recent proposals for reforming the WissZeitVG.

Click Here

Passion Project

Perspektiven .Blog

I founded this blog, which I now run together with a team of volunteers, to share the individual career paths and biographies of people who ventured from research in the humanities and social sciences towards new careers outside of the academic system. 

Click Here

Research Article

UN Tourism Development in the 1960s

This paper, published in 2021 in the "Journal of Contemporary History" explores the relationship between UN development programs and the built-up of tourism sectors in the developing countries during the 1960's.

Click Here

Article and Online Course

Patrimónios Contestados

For this project, I contributed a lecture on UNESCO World Heritage in Ethiopia; two of my texts were translated into Portuguese to appear in an edited volume and the Sunday edition of Público newspaper. 

Click Here

#metoohistory

#metoohistory: Creating a platform for dialogue and change

After two cases of sexual misconduct in my department at my Alma Mater caused outrage among colleagues and in the media in 2023, I founded the #metoohistory initiative, which is active on social media, with events, and with networking and consulting behind the scenes.  

Click Here
Buchcover_klein

Developing Heritage - Developing Countries

My first book investigates the historical development of UNESCO’s World Heritage program, concentrating on Ethiopian World Heritage sites from the 1960s to the 1980s. It explores how UNESCO, in collaboration with Ethiopian elites, played a pivotal role in shaping a “useful past” during the nation-building process and also highlights UNESCO’s shift from a knowledge producer to a direct provider of development policies.

Article

State-owned success in the air

This paper, published in the "Zeitschrift für Unternehmensgeschichte", shows how Ethiopian Airlines and the multinational Air Afrique were able to break into the global air transport market and stay competetive during the 1960s and 1970s.

Click Here

Article

Äthiopiens Kulturerbe ist in Gefahr

I contributed an article to the renowned German newspaper, Der Tagesspiegel, delving into the intersection of cultural heritage and the conflict in northern Ethiopia. My article highlights the imminent threat to Ethiopia's cultural heritage in the face of military conflicts, dwindling cultural tourism, and precarious historical narratives.

Click Here

Workshop

Global History of State Enterprises

In November 2020, I hosted a digital workshop which brought together international scholars working on the history of state enterprises in developing countires.

Click Here

Interview

[Anno...]

I was interviewed about my research on Ethiopian heritage and tourism with the German history podcast AnnoPunktPunktPunkt.

Click Here