Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Dr Nicole Wiederroth

Dr Nicole Wiederroth was the Joint Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies and the German Historical Institute London for 2018-19. 

With a geographical focus on today’s Western Tanzania, Nicole Wiederroth’s research project will examine a diverse and entangled history of human and non-human mobility, environmental change, and possible (re-)interpretations of history from pre-colonial to post-colonial times. It will analyse how different actors, such as traders, so-called explorers, etc. as well as refugees, (internal) migrants, government officers or (inter-)national humanitarian organisations shaped with their ideas, interests and activities the landscape over a period of approximately 200 years. Based on an interdisciplinary approach, the project will offer an insight in possible coping mechanisms to environmental change, and suggests ideas about how assumed separate historical processes were intertwined through space, time, through motives, knowledge and/or through a specific outcome.

Nicole studied African Studies and Gender Studies at Humboldt-University in Berlin, and got her PhD in Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Duisburg-Essen. In her PhD thesis, she analysed the reproduction and legitimisation of the colonial order in South African media during the Second World War. Since 2015 she has held a postdoc position at the Department of History/CEN at the University of Hamburg working within the research section 'Climate Change and Social Dynamics'.