School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

Keynote speakers

Katharina Stornig

Katharina Stornig is Junior Professor of Cultural History at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) and the Department of History at Justus Liebig University Giessen. Currently, she works on the emergence and consolidation of transnational aid for children in the long nineteenth century. Her main research interests include women’s and gender history, religious history, the history of photography and the cultural history of transnational aid and philanthropy. Among her recent publications on the history of humanitarianism are: Gendering Global Humanitarianism. Practice, Politics and the Power of Representation during the Twentieth Century (ed. with Esther Möller and Johannes Paulmann, London 2020); Promoting Distant Children in Need. Christian Imagery in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries, in: Johannes Paulmann (ed.), Humanitarianism & Media. 1900 to the Present, Oxford and New York (2019), 41–66; Frauen, Kirche und transnationales Engagement in geschlechtergeschichtlicher Perspektive, in: Andreas Henkelmann et al (eds.), Katholizismus transnational. Beiträge zur Zeitgeschichte und Gegenwart in Westeuropa und den Vereinigten Staaten, Münster (2019), 101–122; Catholic Missionary Associations and the Saving of African Child Slaves in Nineteenth-Century Germany, in: Atlantic Studies 14/4 (2017), 519–542.

Richard B. Allen

Richard B. Allen is editor of Ohio University Press’s Indian Ocean Studies Series. Trained in both anthropology and history, he is the recipient of two Fulbright research awards and prestigious research fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His publications include Slaves, Freedmen, and Indentured Laborers in Colonial Mauritius (Cambridge University Press, 1999), European Slave Trading in the Indian Ocean, 1500-1850 (Ohio University Press, 2014), an edited collection (Slavery and Bonded Labor in Asia, 1250-1900 [Brill, forthcoming]), and more than 55 articles, book chapters, and essays on the social and economic history of Mauritius and the Mascarenes; slavery, slave trading, and abolition in the Indian Ocean world; and indentured labor in plantation colonies during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He is currently researching the British East India Company’s humanitarian policies and practices between the 1770s and 1830s.