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Norman Aselmeyer is a research associate and lecturer at the University of Bremen, Germany. 

Born in East Germany, he read history and literature in Mainz and Beijing. Since 2015, he has been a PhD candidate in the Department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute in Florence. Previously, 2013–2015, he was teaching at Freie Universität Berlin. 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), at Moi University Eldoret (2018), and most recently at the Leibniz Institute  of European History in Mainz (2019–2020).

His dissertation focusses 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.