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Benedikt Stuchtey

is a full Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the Faculty of History and Cultural Studies since 2013. He studied at the universities of Münster, Freiburg and Trinity College Dublin, took his exams and PhD in Freiburg and his Habilitation (second academic qualification) in Konstanz. He was deputy director of the German Historical Institute London (2004-2013) and a full visiting professor at the University of Basel (2012-2013). Other visiting professorships and research fellowships brought him to Cambridge (UK), Munich, and New Delhi (Jawaharlal Nehru University).

In research and teaching, he focuses on general history from the mid-18th to the 21st century in its entire breadth, especially the history of Western Europe and comparative empire history. Understood as the history of transcultural and entangled processes, the work integrates perspectives of global, transfer and interdependence history. Actors and networks are examined in their global, imperial and local contexts through a variety of research topics, concentrating on the British Empire and other European colonial empires with different thematic foci, such as the history of identity, migration, objects, security, decolonisation and knowledge. Benedikt Stuchtey has also worked on the history of science and the history of the family. The most recent book publications are a comprehensive history of the British Empire (C.H. Beck publishers, Munich 2021) and an edited volume on child history in the twentieth century (Wallstein publishers, Göttingen 2022). He is currently writing a book on aspects of materiality in colonial history.