Julia Tischler

Membership:  2018/2019

Member Bio

Julia Tischler is a tenure track assistant professor of African history at the University of Basel, Switzerland. She obtained a PhD from
the University of Cologne (2011); her dissertation focused on the Kariba Dam, on the border between today’s Zambia and Zimbabwe, as a case
study of development and state building during the late colonial period. For her research, Julia traveled to Zambia, Malawi, and the UK and spent a term as visiting PhD candidate at St. Cross College in Oxford. The dissertation received the Hedwig Hintze Award of the Association of German Historians (VHD). In 2011, Julia led the Junior Research Group ClimateWorlds, a collaborative investigation into local perceptions and consequences of climatic changes, at the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS). Before taking up her current position in Basel, she was a postdoc at the International Research Center “re:work: Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History” at
Humboldt University in Berlin. Her project was a transnational history of agricultural education in South Africa in the first half of the twentieth century.


“The Kingdom of Mealies”: Agrarian Progressivism in South Africa, c. 1900–1945
Lunchtime Colloquium Video -The Kingdom of Mealies': Agrarian Progressivism in South Africa


  • Light and Power for a Multiracial Nation. The Kariba Dam Scheme in the Central African Federation. Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series. Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
  • with Heike Greschke, eds. Grounding Global Climate Change: Contributions from the Social and Cultural Sciences. Dordrecht: Springer, 2015.
  • “Education and the Agrarian Question in South Africa c. 1900–40.” Journal of African History 57, no. 2 (2016): 251–70.
  • “Cementing Uneven Development: The Central African Federation and the Kariba Dam Scheme.” Journal of Southern African Studies 40, no. 4 (2015): 1047–64.
  • with Ingo Haltermann, eds. Environmental Change and African Societies—Past, Present, Future. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming.