Ulrike Lindner

Modern History, Köln
Fellowship: 01.04.–30.09.2016


Ulrike Lindner is Professor of Modern History at the University of Cologne. After studying in Munich and Oxford she earned a doctorate in 2001 at the LMU Munich with a study of health policy in Great Britain and the Federal Republic of Germany after 1945, for which she received the Prize of the German Historical Institute (DHI) in London. In 2005/2006 she was a Feodor Lynen Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Cambridge (UK), in 2007 she received a scholarship for research visits to Africa, and in 2008 she was Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. In 2010 she completed her Habilitation on comparative colonial history. Before coming to Cologne, she taught in Munich, Bielefeld, and Mannheim, among other places.

Fields of Research

  • History of European colonialism in Africa
  • History of social policy in a comparative European perspective
  • Entangled history
  • Comparative history
  • Global history
  • Gendered historical approaches


Project outline

Biographien des Widerständigen. Das Beispiel des kolonialen Widerstandskämpfers Jacob Morenga

(Biographies of the Resister. The example of the colonial resistance fighter Jacob Morenga)


The project will address the possibilities of narrating the life and behaviour of resistance in colonial situations and in so doing will reflect upon approaches based on different media. The example selected, Jacob Morenga, can be analysed as a figuration of the particular to the extent that even in his own lifetime he had become a legend both to his enemies and to the African population. He succeeded in resisting over a long period the massively greater force of the German colonial troops in the Herero and Nama War (1904–1907) in the German colony of South West Africa. Morenga’s story was picked up – in an altered, fictional form – in a novel by Uwe Timm, Morenga (1978), and in a film version of the novel by Egon Günther (1985). The particular approach of the present project is that – based on existing archival sources – the published contemporary sources will first be explored for further possibilities of biographical narrative, which will then be linked to an image-historical analysis of the few portrait photographs of Morenga, and this, finally, will at a third level be woven together with the analysis of media approaches adopted in novel and film. The project thus makes it possible to investigate through this example interdisciplinary issues in life writing, biography, and the portrait.


Publications (Selection)


  • Gesundheitspolitik in der Nachkriegszeit. Großbritannien und die Bundesrepublik Deutschland im Vergleich. Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts London, Bd. 57, München (Oldenbourg) 2004.
  • Koloniale Begegnungen. Deutschland und Großbritannien als Imperialmächte in Afrika 1880-1914, Frankfurt a. M./New York (Campus) 2011.



  • mit Maren Möhring/Mark Stein/Silke Stroh (Hg.): Hybrid Cultures-Nervous States. Germany and Britain in a (post)colonial world, Amsterdam/New York (Rodopi) 2010.
  • mit Angelika Epple/Olaf Kaltmeier (Hg.): Entangled Histories. Reflecting on Concepts of Coloniality and Postcoloniality, Special Issue Comparativ 21 (2011).



  • Neuere Kolonialgeschichte und postcolonial studies, Version: 1.0, in: Docupedia-Zeitgeschichte, 15. 4.2011. (http://docupedia.de/zg/Neuere_Kolonialgeschichte_und_Postcolonial_Studies).
  • The Transfer of European Social Policy Concepts to Tropical Africa, 1900-50: The Example of Maternal and Child Welfare, in: Journal of Global History, 9 (2014), S. 208-231.
  • 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 (ed.), Encounters of Empires. Interimperial Transfers and Imperial Manifestations, 1870-1950, London (Bloomsbury), 2015, S. 57-78.
  • Transcending Gender Roles, Crossing Racial and Political Boundaries: Agnes Hill in German South West Africa, in: Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 2016 (in press).