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Institute of Advanced Study

Dr Ute Hasenöhrl

COFUND Senior Research Fellow at Trevelyan College (April - June 2014)

Dr Ute Hasenöhrl is from the Leibniz-Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning, Erkner, Germany. Dr Hasenöhrl is a researcher on the Germany Federal Ministry of Educations and Research interdisciplinary project "Loss of Night". During her stay at Durham she proposes to explore the colonial and environmental history of artificial light in the British Empire.

Focusing on the British Empire and the relations between the colonial power and its dominions and colonies (India, Canada, Sudan/Egypt), Dr Hasenöhrl’s project explores the resources, infrastructures and institutions necessary for the global diffusion of new lighting technologies, the juxtaposition of artificial light and nature, as well as its functioning as an instrument of power and control in colonial contexts. It will provide fresh perspectives on the history of lighting technologies, but also new insights into the transnational, colonial and postcolonial history of the British Empire.

In the course of the fellowship Dr Hasenöhrl will make use of the unique resources on Condominium Sudan available in the Sudan Archive and discuss this project with scholars working at the IAS and the Department of History. The fellowship will lead directly to an article detailing the methodological and theoretical approach of a global resource and knowledge history of lighting in colonial contexts.

“The intensive discussions I was able to conduct with the staff and fellows at the Department of History, the Institute of Advanced Study and Durham Library also helped to sharpen my research agenda.”

Dr Ute Hasenöhrl, Leibniz-Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning