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Viktor M Stoll

PhD Candidate, Faculty of History

Hughes Hall
CB1 2EW

Biography:

 2014-Present

  PhD Candidate in History, University of Cambridge

 2016-2017

  Doctoral Fellow, Academic Foundation of the Berlin House of Representatives,
      Freie Universität Berlin

 2014-2015

  Research Consultant, Dept. of Political Science, Yale University

 2014-2015

  Editorial and Research Assistant, Dept. of Political and International
      Studies, University of Cambridge

 2012-2013

  MA in Modern History (Distinction), King's College London

 2005-2008

  BA in History (Summa cum Laude), University of Missouri

Research Interests

 

PhD Title:  Richard Thurnwald and the Anglo-American Fate of German Anthropology, 1900-1945

My research examines the development of early twentieth century social anthropology in the context of colonial governance, Anglo-American-German intellectual exchange, and international cooperation.  This project explores the internationalization of the careers of German social anthropologists, exemplified by Richard Thurnwald, following the collapse of the German Colonial Empire, and their employment within leading Anglo-American academic institutions and various colonial administrations (particularly in Africa and the Pacific).  The absence of these ‘liberal’ social anthropologists from Germany during the corresponding rise of Rassenkunde (racial anthropology) and Nazism is also examined.  By illuminating the yet unexplored intellectual migration of German social anthropology into the Anglophone world, I intend to simultaneously disprove the notion that German anthropology simply descended into racial science during the interwar period and that Anglo-American anthropology developed without German intellectual influences.

Areas of Interest:  World History, Comparative Imperial and Colonial History, History of the Social Sciences


 

Research Supervision

Supervisor: Professor Sir Christopher Clark, St Catherine's College, Cambridge


 

Teaching

 

Other Professional Activities

2014-2016

  International Officer, Graduate Union, University of Cambridge

2014-2015

  Graduate Representative, Council of the School of Humanities and
      Social Sciences, University of Cambridge

2014-2015

  Course Convenor, Modern European History Workshop, University 
      of Cambridge

        2007

  Student Affairs Chairman, Missouri Students' Association, University
      of Missouri

Keywords

  • International History
  • Imperial History