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Prof. Dr. Ulrike Lindner


Historical Institute
Modern History
50923 Cologne

Member of the Global South Studies Center (GSSC)





Biographical Information

  • March to April 2019 Guest Professor at Sciences Po, Paris
  • 2016 Fellow at the Morphomata International Center for Advanced Studies, Cologne
  • Since 2013 Professor of Modern History at the University of Cologne
  • 2012 Guest Professor at the University of Mannheim (chair of Prof. J. Paulmann)
  • 2010 Habilitation at the University BW Munich
  • 2009 to 2013 Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of History, University of Bielefeld
  • 2008 Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship at the European University Institute Florence
  • 2007 Research in London, Research Scholarship by the German Historical Institute London
  • 2007 Research in South Africa and Namibia, Grant by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • 2005 to 2006 Feodor Lynen Scholarship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Cambridge, UK; Research Fellow of the Faculty of History, Cambridge University
  • 2001 to 2009 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at the Historical Institute, University BW Munich
  • 2001 Prize of the German Historical Institute, London, for PhD dissertation
  • 2001 PhD in Modern History (summa cum laude), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich
  • 1998 PhD research scholarship by the German Historical Institute, London
  • 1996 PhD scholarship by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
  • 1995 MA in Modern History, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, studies in Modern European History, Medieval History, and German Literature at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich and at St. John’s College, University of Oxford, UK


Current Project:

The Production and Reproduction of Social Inequalities: Global Contexts and Concepts of Labor Exploitation

The starting point for this project is a very specific conundrum: Why have attempts at increasing equality often contributed to generating more durable inequalities? To shed some light on this question, this research focuses on concepts and actors and their roles in producing and reproducing social inequalities in the context of colonial and postcolonial labour systems and regimes of mobility in the "Global South". In this study, inequalities are understood as relational and historically embedded and as comprising several dimensions, including social, economic, and epistemic inequality. More specifically, the project team focuses on selected concepts that are locally grounded and describe forms of social inequalities linked to different types of labour exploitation, namely "native labour", "new slavery", "human trafficking", and "cheap/abundant labour". The team members investigate - both from a historical and contemporary perspective - how these concepts circulated on a global scale, and were negotiated, translated, and adapted by institutional and individual actors with the aim of challenging social inequalities, while eventually contributing to the production of those same, or new, inequalities. The project intends to reconcile debates on conceptual history, labour history, and inequality and combines perspectives from both South and North. Ultimately, it aims to interpret global labour regimes and to draw lessons from experiences for societies in both the "Global South" as well as the "Global North".

Project Details (VolkswagenStiftung)


Research Areas

  • European colonialism in Africa
  • History of social policy in late colonial Africa
  • Knowledge exchange between colonial empires
  • Indentured labour in imperial Africa
  • History of social policy in Europe in the 20th century
  • Entangled History, comparative history, global history
  • Medical History, gender history



  • Koloniale Begegnungen: Großbritannien und Deutschland als Imperialmächte in Afrika 1880-1914, [Colonial Encounters: Great Britain and Germany in Africa 1880-1914], Frankfurt a. M./New York (Campus) 2011.
  • Gesundheitspolitik in der Nachkriegszeit. Großbritannien und die Bundesrepublik Deutschland im Vergleich [Health Policy after WWII in Great Britain and West Germany], Munich (Oldenbourg) 2004.

Edited Volumes

  • (edited with Dörte Lerp), New Perspectives on the History of Gender and Empire. Comparative and Global Approaches, London (Bloomsbury Academics) 2018.
  • (edited with Sabine Damir-Geilsdorf et al.), Bonded Labour. Global and Comparative Perspectives (18th-21st Century),  Bielefeld (Transcript), 2016.
  • (edited with Angelika Epple, Olaf Kaltmeier), Entangled Histories. Reflecting on Concepts of Coloniality and Postcoloniality, Special Issue, Comparativ 21, 2011.
  • (edited with Maren Möhring, Mark Stein, Silke Stroh), Hybrid Cultures, Nervous States. Germany and Great Britain in a (post)colonial world, Amsterdam, New York (Rodopi), 2010.
  • (edited with Merith Niehuss), Ärztinnen – Patientinnen. Frauen im britischen und deutschen Gesundheitswesen des 20. Jahrhunderts [Women doctors and women patients in the British and German Health System of the 20th Century], Cologne (Böhlau) 2002.
  • (edited with Merith Niehuss), Deutsche Geschichte in Quellen und Darstellung, vol. 10: Besatzungszeit, Bundesrepublik und DDR 1945-1969 [German History in Sources and Literature: The Occupation Period, the Federal Republic of Germany and the GDR, 1945-1969], Stuttgart (Reclam) 1998.

Published Articles

  • "An inclination towards a Policy of Extermination"? - German and British discourse on colonial wars during high imperialism, in: Felicity Rash/Geraldine Horan (eds.): The Discourse of British and German Colonialism. Convergence and Competition, London (Routledge) 2021, pp.163-181.
  • All Things Transregional?, in: Forum Transnationale Studien/Max Weber Stiftung (ed.): All Things Transregional. A Conversation about Transregional Research, Areas and Disciplines Band 4 (2019), pp. 101-105.
  • Transnational Perspectives on 19th Century Germany, in: John Breuilly (ed.): Ninteenth Century Germany, London (Bloomsbury Academics) 2019, pp. 303-325.
  • with Dörte Lerp, Introduction: Gendered imperial formations, in: Ulrike Lindner/Dörte Lerp (eds.): New Perspectives on the History of Gender and Empire. Comparative and Global Approaches, London (Bloomsbury Academics) 2018, pp.1-27.
  • Transimperiale Orientierung und Wissenstransfers: Deutscher Kolonialismus im internationalen Kontext, in: Deutsches Historisches Museum (ed.), Deutscher Kolonialismus. Fragmente seiner Geschichte und Gegenwart, Berlin 2016, pp. 16-32.
  • Transcending Gender Roles, Crossing Racial and Political Boundaries: Agnes Hill in German South West Africa, in: Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 44 (2016), pp. 777-797.
  • with Oliver Tappe, Introduction, in: Sabine Damir-Geilsdorf et al. (eds.), Bonded Labour. Global and Comparative Perspectives (18th-21st Century), Transcript (Bielefeld), 2016, pp. 9-34.
  • Indentured Labour in Sub-Saharan Africa (1880-1930): Circulation of Concepts between Imperial Powers, in: Sabine Damir-Geilsdorf et al. (eds.),  Bonded Labour. Global and Comparative Perspectives (18th-21st Century), Transcript (Bielefeld), 2016, pp. 59-82.
  • Kriegserfahrungen im Empire: Von den Kolonialkrieg zum Ersten Weltkrieg, in: Silke Fehlmann/ Nils Löffelbein (eds.), Europa 1914 . Wege ins Unbekannte, Schöningh (Paderborn), 2016, pp. 81-101. 
  • New forms of knowledge exchange between imperial powers: The development of the Institut Colonial International (ICI) since the end of the 19th century, in: Volker Barth/Roland Czetowski (eds.), Encounters of Empires. Interimperial Transfers and Imperial Manifestations, 1870-1950, London (Bloomsbury), 2015, pp. 57 - 78.
  • Der Umgang mit neuen Epidemien nach 1945 - nationale und regionale Unterschiede in Europa [Dealing with new Epidemics after 1945 – National and Regional Differences in Europe], in: Malte Thiessen (ed.), Infiziertes Europa. Seuchen im langen 20. Jahrhundert, München (Oldenbourg) 2014, pp. 115-136.
  • The Transfer of European Social Policy Concepts to Tropical Africa, 1900-50: The Example of Maternal and Child Welfare, in: Journal of Global History, Issue 9 (2014), pp. 208-231.
  • Imperialismus am Vorabend des Ersten Weltkrieges. Zwischen nationalen Rivalitäten und globalen Kooperationen [Imperialism on the Eve of the First World War. Between National Rivalry and global Cooperation], in: Thomas Schleper (ed.), Aggression und Avantgarde. Der Vorabend des Ersten Weltkriegs, Essen 2014, pp. 88-94.
  • Das Britische Empire [The British Empire], in: Passepartout (ed.), Weltnetzwerke - Weltspiele. Jules Vernes "In 80 Tagen um die Welt", Konstanz 2013, pp. 31-34.
  • Reform Club, in: Passepartout (ed.), Weltnetzwerke - Weltspiele. Jules Vernes "In 80 Tagen um die Welt", Konstanz 2013, pp. 190-193.
  • (with Angelika Epple), Introduction, in: Comparativ 21, Special Issue: Entangled Histories. Reflecting on Concepts of Coloniality and Postcolonialiaty (2011), pp. 7-13.
  • (with Olaf Kaltmeier/Binu Mailparambil), Reflecting on Concepts of Colonialty and Postcoloniality in Africa, South Asia and Latin America, in: Comparativ 21, Special Issue: Entangled Histories. Reflecting on Concepts of Coloniality and Postcoloniality (2011), pp. 14-31.
  • Neuere Kolonialgeschichte und postcolonial studies New Colonial History and postcolonial studies], Version: 1.0, in: Docupedia-Zeitgeschichte, 15. 4.2011. (http://docupedia.de/zg/Neuere_Kolonialgeschichte_und_Postcolonial_Studies).
  • German colonialism and the British neighbour in Africa before 1914: self-definitions, lines of demarcation and co-operation, in: Volker Langbehn/Mohamad Salamaa (eds.), Colonial (Dis-) continuities: Race, Holocaust and Postwar Germany, New York (Columbia University Press), 2011, pp. 254-272.
  • Encounters over the Border. The Shaping of Colonial Identities in British and German colonies in Southern Africa, in: Ulrike Lindner et al. (ed), Hybrid Cultures - Nervous States. Germany and Britain in a (Post)colonial World, Amsterdam/New York (Rodopi), 2010, pp. 3-22.
  • Sicherheits- und Präventionskonzepte im Umbruch: von der Gruppenvorsorge zur individualisierten medizinischen Risikoprävention für Schwangere [Concepts of Security and Prevention in Transition. From group based care to individual medical risk prevention for pregenant women], in: Martin Lengwiler/Jeannette Madarasz (eds.), Das präventive Selbst. Eine Kulturgeschichte moderner Gesundheitspolitik, Bielefeld (Transcript) 2010, pp. 229-250.
  • Imperialism and globalization: Entanglements and interactions between the British and German colonial empires in Africa before the First World War, in: Bulletin of the German Historical Institute London XXXII (2010), pp. 4-28.
  • Transnational movements between colonial empires: Migrant workers from the British Cape Colony in the German diamond town Lüderitzbucht, in: European Review of History 16 (2009), Special Issue: Transnational Spaces in History, pp. 679-696. (peer-reviewed) Reprinted as: EUI working-paper RSCAS 2009/40.
  • Colonialism as a European project in Africa before 1914? British and German concepts of colonial rule in sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Comparativ 19 (2009), pp. 88-106.
  • Contested concepts of “white” and “native”. Mixed marriages in German South-West Africa and the Cape Colony, Basler Afrika Bibliographien Working Paper 2008/06, http://www.baslerafrika.ch/d/bab_working_papers.php Reprinted as: Contested concepts of “white”/“native” and mixed marriages in German South-West Africa and the Cape Colony 1900-1914: A histoire croisée, in: Journal of Namibian Studies 6 (2009) pp. 57-79. (peer-reveiwed)
  • Plätze an der Sonne? Die Geschichtsschreibung auf dem Weg in die deutschen Kolonien [Places in the Sun? German Historiography Approaching the Colonies], in: Archiv für Sozialgeschichte 48 (2008), pp. 487-510.
  • Das Münchner Kolonialviertel [Munich colonial street names ], in: Ulrich van der Heyden/Joachim Zeller (eds.), Kolonialismus hierzulande. Eine Spurensuche in Deutschland, Erfurt (Sutton) 2008, pp. 295-301.
  • Die Krise des Sozialstaats in den Gesundheitssystemen. Gesundheitliche Sicherung in Deutschland, Großbritannien und Schweden nach 1970 [Crisis of the social state in the area of health care. Germany, Great Britain and Sweden after 1970], in: Archiv für Sozialgeschichte 47 (2007), pp. 297-324.
  • (with Stuart Blume), Vaccine Innovation and Adoption: Polio Vaccines in the UK, the Netherlands and West Germany, 1955-1965, in: Medical History 50 (2006), pp. 425-446. (peer-reviewed)
  • Chronische Gesundheitsprobleme. Die Geschichte des Gesundheitswesens vom Kaiserreich bis in die Bundesrepublik [Chronic Health Problems. The History of Health Care from the German Empire to the Federal Republic], in: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte B33-34/2003, pp. 21-28.
  • Rationalisierungsdiskurse und Aushandlungsprozesse. Der moderne Haushalt und die traditionelle Hausfrauenrolle in den 1960er Jahren [The Modern Household and the Traditional Role of the Housewife in the 1960s], in: Matthias Frese/Julia Paulus/Karl-Heinz Teppe (eds.), Die 1960er Jahre als Wendezeit der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Demokratisierung und gesellschaftlicher Aufbruch, Paderborn (Schöningh) 2003, pp. 59-82.
  • Gesundheitsvorsorge für Schwangere und Säuglinge 1949-1965. Pläne, Maßnahmen, Defizite [Health Care for Pregnant Women and Infants, 1949-1965], in: Jörg Vögele/Wolfgang Woelk (eds.), Geschichte der Gesundheitspolitik in Deutschland. Von der Weimarer Republik bis in die Frühgeschichte der “doppelten Staatsgründung”, Berlin (Duncker & Humblot) 2002, pp. 347-378.
  • (with Lutz Sauerteig), Gefährliche Körper. Geschlechtskrankheiten, Moral und Aufklärung um 1900 [Dangerous Bodies. Venereal Disease, Moral and Public Health Campaigns around 1900], in: Ebenbilder. Kopien von Körpern. Modelle des Menschen, Ostfildern-Ruit (Hatje Cantz) 2002, pp. 163-170.
  • ”Wir unterhalten uns ständig über den Milchpfennig, aber auf die Gesundheit wird sehr wenig geachtet.” Gesundheitspolitik und medizinische Versorgung 1945 bis 1972 [Health Policy and Medical Care in Bavaria, 1945-1972], in: Thomas Schlemmer/Hans Woller (eds.), Bayern im Bund, vol. 1: Die Erschließung des Landes, Munich (Oldenbourg) 2001, pp. 205-272.

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