Geert Castryck

Guest professor - History of Africa


Fields of study:
    - African history
    - Global and world history
    - Urban history; border towns; port towns
    - Colonial history; colonialism
    - Islam in (East Central) Africa


    - A History of Kigoma-Ujiji: Liminal Town and Portal of Globalization (c. 1850-2000)

    - African-European entangled histories and spatial orders in "Berlin's Africa" (1880s-1930s)

    - Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition (Leipzig University).

Publications (selection)

    - Castryck, Geert. Children of the Revolution: Divergent Strategies of Congolese Muslims in the Burundian Decolonization Process. In: Bram Cleys, Jan De Maeyer & Vincent Viaene (eds.) Religion, Colonization, and Decolonization in Congo, 1885-1960. Leuven, Leuven University Press (forthcoming).
    - Castryck, Geert & Nadine Sieveking. Introduction: Performing Space in Urban Africa. In: Africa - Journal of the International Africa Institute, 84, no. 1 (2014), pp. 1-16.
    - Castryck, Geert. Ex-Centring the Global: Liminality and Interconnectedness in Urban Kigoma. In: Matthias Middell (ed.) Self-Reflexive Area Studies. Leipzig, Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2013, p. 59-78.
    - Castryck, Geert. Whose History is History? Singularities and Dualities of the Public Debate on Belgian Colonialism. In: Sven Mörsdorf (ed.), Being a Historian: Opportunities and Responsibilities, Past and Present. CLIOHRES-ISHA Reader II. Pisa,, 2010, p. 1-18 [first published in 2006].


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