Pursuing Whiteness in the Colonies - Private Memories from the Congo Freestate and German East Africa (1884-1914)

von: Diana Miryong Natermann

Waxmann Verlag GmbH, 2018

ISBN: 9783830986904 , 270 Seiten

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Pursuing Whiteness in the Colonies - Private Memories from the Congo Freestate and German East Africa (1884-1914)


Pursuing Whiteness in the Colonies offers a new comprehension of colonial history from below by taking remnants of individual agencies from a whiteness studies perspective. It highlights the experiences and perceptions of colonisers and how they portrayed and re-interpreted their identities in Africa. The transcolonial approach is based on egodocuments from Belgian, German and Swedish men and women who migrated to Central Africa for reasons like a love for adventure, social betterment, new gender roles, or the conviction that colonising was their patriotic duty.
The author presents how colonisers constructed their whiteness in relation to the subalterns in everyday situations connected to friendship, animals, gender and food. White culture was often practiced to maintain the idea(l) of European supremacy, for example by upholding white dining cultures. The welcoming notion of 'breaking bread' was replaced by a dining culture that reinforced white identity and segregated white from non-white people.
By combining colonial history with whiteness studies in an African setting the author provides a different understanding of imperial realities as they were experienced by colonisers in situ.

Doktorandin am European University Institute in Florenz. Studium der Mittleren und Neueren Geschichte, Katholischen Theologie und Romanistik an der J. W. Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. Mitarbeit bei der 'Historischen Zeitschrift' und am Historischen Seminar der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main sowie am HEC Department in Florenz als Research Assistant. Forschungsschwerpunkte: Belgische und deutsche Kolonialgeschichte, Whiteness Studies, Gender Studies, Essensgeschichte, Alltagsgeschichte, Arbeit mit Egodokumenten und moderne Geschichte des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts. Since 2017 Diana Miryong Natermann, Dr. phil., has been an Assistant Professor at Leiden University at the History Department in the International Relations programme. In 2015, she worked as a Post-doc researcher at 'Hamburg´s (Post-)Colonial Legacy', Hamburg University, where she was part of an interdisciplinary project on colonial photography with Hamburg´s Ethnological Museum. Previously, she wrote her MA thesis on Belgian colonialism at Goethe University in Frankfurt. Following her MA degree, she received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for the European University Institute, Italy, where she defended her PhD successfully in October 2015.