Short CV/Education and training

  • Before joining the Historical Institute at the University of Stuttgart in a Heisenberg Position, I held posts at the Universities of Oxford (Oxford Centre for Global History and St Cross College ), Leicester, Berlin, Bayreuth, and Heidelberg. In 2010/11, I was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, and in 2015/16, I worked as a Fellow at the Institut d'Études Avancées de Nantes.

Selected publications


  • Frenz, Margret, Community, Memory, and Migration in a Globalizing World. The Goan Experience, c. 1890-1980 (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2014).

  • Frenz, Margret, From Contact to Conquest. Transition to British Rule in Malabar, 1790-1805 (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2003).

Edited Volume

  • Belich, James, John Darwin, Margret Frenz, and Chris Wickham (eds), The Prospect of Global History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).

Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals and Chapters in Peer-reviewed Edited Collections

  • Frenz, Margret, Transimperial Connections. East African Goan Perspectives on Goa 1961, Contemporary South Asia 22, 3 (online 2014 DOI: 0.1080/90584935.2014.930418, print 2014), pp. 240-254.

  • Frenz, Margret, Swaraj for Kenya, 1949-1965. The Ambiguities of Transnational Politics, Past & Present 218 (online 2013 DOI: 10.1093/pastj/gts039, print May 2013), pp. 151-177.

  • Frenz, Margret, Migration, Identity, and Postcolonial Change in Uganda. A Goan Perspective, Immigrants and Minorities 31, 1 (online 2012, DOI: 10.1080/02619288.2012.746864, print 2013), pp. 48-73.

  • Frenz, Margret, Global Goans. Migration Movements and Identity in a Historical Perspective, Lusotopie 15, 1 (2008), pp. 183-202.

  • Frenz, Margret, Settling Down. Goans in Zanzibar Stone Town in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, in Cheyssial, Attila (ed.), Entretiens du Patrimoine de l’Océan Indien. Indian Ocean Heritage Conference (Montpellier: Éditions de L’Espérou, 2013), pp. 257-271.

  • Frenz, Margret, Representing the Portuguese Empire. Goan Consuls in British East Africa, c. 1910-1963, in Morier-Genoud, Eric and Michel Cahen (eds), Imperial Migrations. Colonial Communities and Diaspora in the Portuguese World (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 193-212.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • My current research project, Globalization from Below: Circular Migration between South Asia and Africa, c. 1850-2000, or short GloBe, investigates South Asian migrants to Africa, their historical trajectories, the continuities and transformations of their movements, as well as similarities in and differences between their migrations to different parts of Africa. It differentiates the various types of migration in order to create a novel understanding of circular migration movements between South Asia and Africa. Methodologically, the project involves consulting archives in three continents (Europe, South Asia, Africa) and weaving the analysis of oral history interviews with surviving South Asian migrants into my work. I contribute new aspects to existing scholarship: on the circulatory character of movements; on intra-imperial connections within the British and the Portuguese Empires; on inter-imperial connections between the British and Portuguese Empires, and from the mid-twentieth century on, between empires and nation-states bridging the colonial and post-colonial divide.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • Member, Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands

Refereeing and Consultation

  • Advisory Editor for East Africa, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Oxford

  • Membre Correspondant, Institut d’Études Avancées de Nantes

  • Associate Editor, Ethnicity & Health

  • Advisory Board Member, Beyond Disciplines

  • Editorial Board, SAMAJ

  • Editorial Board, Contemporary South Asia

  • Reviewer, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Lisboa

  • Refereeing series and book proposals as well as journal articles for Oxford University Press, Routledge, Brill, ZedBooks, Modern Asian Studies, International Review of Social History, Contemporary South Asia, South Asia Research, South Asian Diaspora, Global Public Health, and Interventions.


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