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Dr Jeff Bowersox

Dr Jeff Bowersox

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G12
German Department
18 Gordon Square
London
WC1E 6BT

Appointments

  • Lecturer in German History
    SELCS
    Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL

2014-09-01

Research themes:
          Cultural history of modern European colonialism
          Race in modern German history
          Black Germans and the African diaspora in Europe
          Transnational popular cultures

Jeff Bowersox's research focuses on the connections that tied Germans and Europeans into the globalizing world of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He has published articles on German-Polish relations in Upper Silesia, on German colonial exhibitions, on the colonial origins of the German Boy Scouts (Pfadfinder), and on African entertainers in Germany around 1900. He has  explored these connections in most detail in his book, Raising Germans in the Age of Empire: Youth and Colonial Culture, 1871-1914 (Oxford UP, 2013), a cultural history of the German colonial imagination around the turn of the twentieth century.

His current research traces black entertainers in Germany before 1914 to understand how race, nation, and empire were commercialized during a period of expanding global connections. He is also working on projects exploring relations between British and German youth groups before 1914 and colonialism in the Weimar and National Socialist eras.

 

Jeff Bowersox earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown College (Kentucky) and a master's degree in history from the University of Cincinnati before completing a PhD at the University of Toronto in 2008. His dissertation, under the supervision of Prof. Modris Eksteins, examined the German colonial imagination through the youth culture of the Imperial era. In 2013 this research was published by Oxford University Press under the title, Raising Germans in the Age of Empire: Youth and Colonial Culture, 1871-1914.

He taught for four years at the University of Southern Mississippi before crossing the pond to take up a research fellowship at King's College London in 2012 and a lectureship at the University of Worcester in 2013. He joined the German Department at UCL in 2014.

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Term 2: Fridays 11am-1pm