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German historian and academic
Lecturer in History, University of Sheffield

Education: BA, University of Regensburg; MA, University of Oxford; PhD, University of Freiburg 2000

Career: Jürgen Zimmerer is Lecturer in History at the University of Sheffield (on research leave for 2007–08) which he joined in September 2005. He taught Modern and African History at the Universities of Kiel and Essen, and held a postdoctoral fellowship of the Portuguese Government at the Universidade de Coimbra. His areas of research include Southern African History, the trans-national history of European colonialism, and representations of the imperial world in various European countries (i.e. Germany, Great Britain and Portugal). He is also interested in, and published on the relationship between, colonialism and National Socialism, on comparative genocide, the politics of coming to terms with a violent or genocidal past in global perspective, and on Portuguese history. He is currently working on a research project on the ‘Cold War in the Atlantic Triangle. The USA, Portugal and the dissolution of the Portuguese Empire’, and preparing one on ‘Imperial Encounters: The Exploration of Africa and its Representation’. Dr Zimmerer currently teaches on European–non-European encounters since the mid-18th century and on Southern Africa in world history. He is President of the European Network of Genocide Scholars. Jürgen Zimmerer is co-editor of the Journal of Genocide Research (see url below) and an Associate Editor of the Electronic Encyclopaedia of Genocides and Massacres. He also serves as an editor for (post-)colonial history for Sozial.Geschichte and (post )colonial history and comparative genocide for H-Soz-u-Kult.

Publications include: Völkermord in Deutsch-Südwestafrika. Der Kolonialkrieg in Namibia (1904–1908) und die Folgen (co-editor) 2003, Deutsche Herrschaft über Afrikaner. Staatlicher Machtanspruch und Wirklichkeit im kolonialen Namibia (third edition) 2004, Verschweigen-Erinnern-Bewältigen. Vergangenheitspolitik in globaler Perspektive (co-editor; special volume of Comparativ 14:5/6) 2004, Raphael Lemkin ‘On Genocides’: The ‘Founder of the Genocide Convention’ as a Historian of Mass Violence (co-editor; special volume of the Journal of Genocide Research) 2005, Von Windhuk nach Auschwitz. Beiträge zum Verhältnis von Kolonialismus und Holocaust 2006; numerous articles in professional journals

Contact details: Address: Room B12a, Department of History, University of Sheffield, 3 Clarkehouse Road, Sheffield, S10 2TN, England; Tel: +44 (0)114 222-2603; Fax: +44 (0)114 278-8304; Email: [email protected] ; Email: [email protected] ; Website: ; Website: .

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