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Norman Aselmeyer is a historian in the Department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Previously, he was a Research Associate at Freie Universität Berlin in Germany, where he also served as Assistant Editor of Geschichte und Gesellschaft. He has held fellowships and research affiliations at the German Historical Institute in London (2016, 2018), the University of Nairobi (2017), the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2018), the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. (2018), the Centre for Modern Oriental Studies (ZMO) in Berlin (2018), and Moi University Eldoret in Kenya (2018).

Since September 2015, he is working on a dissertation on spatial transformations in East Africa related to the construction of the Uganda Railway (see ‘Research’). His work is supervised by Lucy Riall and Stéphane Van Damme. Norman’s current research interests include, inter alia, the global history of East Africa and the Indian Ocean, urban history, the history of food and health, and the history and theory of historiography (see ‘Publications’).

Together with Veronika Settele, he founded the interdisciplinary Working Group “Food and Health” at Freie Universität Berlin ( The working group regularly holds conferences and workshops. The results are published in popular media and scientific literature.

For more information, please visit his Academia page.