Heisenberg Position GloBe

Research

Connected histories and migration history of South Asia, Africa, and the Indian Ocean

 

Dr Margret Frenz' research focuses on entangled and connected history / histories. These connected histories do not only link global geographical regions, their characteristics, and historical contexts with each other, but they also link cultural spaces and the social practices observed in them. In all her work, Frenz endeavours to complement structural top-down approaches with bottom-up, personal experiences in order to achieve a multi-perspective reconstruction of historical phenomena.

Dr Frenz' research, ‘Globalization from Below: Circular Migration between South Asia and Africa, c. 1850-2000’, or short GloBe, investigates South Asian migrants to Africa, their historical trajectories, the continuities and transformations of their movements, as well as similarities in and differences between their migrations to different parts of Africa. It differentiates the various types of migration in order to create a novel understanding of circular migration movements between South Asia and Africa. Methodologically, Dr Frenz' research involves consulting archives in three continents (Europe, South Asia, Africa) and weaving the analysis of oral history interviews with surviving South Asian migrants into my work. Dr Frenz contributes new aspects to existing scholarship: on the circulatory character of movements; on intra-imperial connections within the British and the Portuguese Empires; on inter-imperial connections between the British and Portuguese Empires, and from the mid-twentieth century on, between empires and nation-states bridging the colonial and post-colonial divide.

A report on Dr Frenz' research can be found in the spring 2019 issue of the EUResearch magazine, and downloaded as a pdf-file here.

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