Margret Frenz

Heisenberg Position GloBe
Institute of History

[Photo: Leif Piechowski]


+49 711 685-83847
+49 711 685-73847


Keplerstr. 17
70174 Stuttgart
Room: 3.036

Office Hours

Office hours are arranged individually. Please send an email to agree on a date and time.

A list of publications can be found here.

  • Global social and cultural history

  • Connected histories: South Asia, Africa, Indian Ocean
  • Migration history

  • Memory in comparative historical perspective

  • (Post)Colonial and (post)imperial history

  • Methodological and conceptual issues in historical studies, particularly oral history

I am a global, transnational, and imperial historian, with a strong emphasis on comparative social and cultural perspectives. My interests are in how individuals experienced different social positions in colonial and post-colonial settings; how they remember their lives during and especially at the end of colonialism; and how these experiences can be related to the broader, structural history of empires, and of relationships between empires, and across nation-states.

Before taking up a Heisenberg Position at the Institute of History at the University of Stuttgart, I held posts at the Universities of Oxford (Oxford Centre for Global History and St Cross College), Leicester, Berlin, Bayreuth, and Heidelberg. In 2010/11, I was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, and in 2015/16, I worked as a Fellow at the Institut d'Études Avancées de Nantes.

  • 12th Doctoral Workshop, European Association for South Asian Studies (2019)
  • Heisenberg Position of the German Research Foundation (since 2018)

  • Research Budget (Sachbeihilfe), German Research Foundation (2017)

  • Heisenberg Fellowship of the German Research Foundation (2017-2018)

  • John Fell Oxford University Press (OUP) Research Fund (2014)

  • Beit Fund, University of Oxford (2014, 2013, 2007, 2006, 2005)

  • History Faculty, University of Oxford (2014, 2006)

  • Indian-European Research Networking Programme (2012-2016)

  • Research Support, University of Leicester (2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)

  • Research Grant, Gerda Henkel Foundation (2010-2011, 2008)

  • Oxford Research Network on Governance in Africa, University of Oxford (2007)

  • British Institute in Eastern Africa, London/Nairobi (2005)

  • Project Grant, German Research Foundation (2005-2007)

  • Feodor-Lynen-Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2004-2005)

  • Fellowship, Akademie Schloss Solitude (2004)

  • Project Grant, German Research Foundation (2001-2003)

  • Doctoral Scholarship, German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) (1997-2000)

  • Advisory Editor for East Africa, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Oxford

  • Membre Correspondant, Institut d’Études Avancées de Nantes

  • Associate Editor, Ethnicity & Health

  • Advisory Board Member, Beyond Disciplines

  • Editorial Board, Contemporary South Asia

  • Reviewer, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Lisboa

  • Reviewer, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn
  • Refereeing series and book proposals as well as journal articles for Oxford University Press, Routledge, Brill, ZedBooks, Modern Asian Studies, International Review of Social History, Contemporary South Asia, South Asia Research, South Asian Diaspora, Global Public Health, and Interventions.

  • Fellow, Royal Historical Society

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy

  • Member, European Association for South Asian Studies

  • Member, British Institute in Eastern Africa

  • Member, Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands

  • Member, Oral History Society

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