Dr. Lasse Heerten





Email: Lasse.Heerten@ruhr-uni-bochum.de
Tel.: (+49) 0234 32 26717
Room: GA 6/55


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Lasse Heerten is a transnational and global historian of modern Europe and the world. In his current research he uses the port of Hamburg for an entangled, but locally focussed analysis of globalization and urbanization in the age of imperial expansion. From 2015 to 2019, he pursued this enterprise at the Freie Universität Berlin, where he was head of the project “Imperial Gateway: Hamburg, the German Empire, and the Making of the Global Port”, generously funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). In April 2019, he moved to the Ruhr-Universität, where he continues his work on the project as a Lecturer with the Chair for Transnational History of the Nineteenth Century.

Lasse Heerten holds degrees from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (BA in History, English and American Studies, 2006), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (MA in Modern History, 2008), the University of Oxford (MSt in Historical Research, 2009), and the Freie Universität Berlin (Dr. Phil in Modern History, with the highest distinction, “summa cum laude”, 2014), and he did part of his graduate work at the Université Paris-Sorbonne and the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne. His graduate studies were supported by a scholarship by the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), and positions as a research fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin, at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and as an associated research fellow in the department “Changing Concepts of the Political” at the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam.

His first book analyzes how the Nigerian Civil War (1967-1970), a Third World conflict that had initially been of marginal international interest, became a global media and protest event when the humanitarian crisis in Biafra aroused concern among publics around the globe. Based on his doctoral research conducted in more than two dozen archives on three different continents, he revised the manuscript in 2014/2015 during a year of teaching and research at the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Human Rights. The book was published with Cambridge University Press in 2017, and is now out in paperback. The book was published with Cambridge University Press in 2017, and is now out in paperback.

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Monograph

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Journal Articles

Articles in Encyclopaedias

Chapters in Edited Volumes