Mikael Hård is professor of the history of technology at Technische Universität Darmstadt. Before moving to Germany in 1998, he was professor of the history of technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim. As of October 2017, he is the director of the five-year research project “A Global History of Technology, 1850–2000,” financed by the European Research Council. He is also the director of the graduate program “Urban Infrastructures in Transition: The Case of African Cities,” funded by the Hans Böckler Foundation (2014–2018) and used to co-direct the graduate program “Topology of Technology,” financed by the German Research Council (2006–2016).
After having worked for several years on the cultural history of technology in Europe, Hård has in recent years moved his research focus toward Africa and other parts of the Global South. His latest book is Consumers, Tinkerers, Rebels: The People Who Shaped Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, with Ruth Oldenziel).
Alejandra Osorio Tarazona is a Peruvian historian who graduated from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Lima, Peru) and the Universidad Católica del Perú (Lima, Peru). Her main focuses are the development of science and technology in Latin American contexts. She had conducted research about the development of fishery science during the twentieth century in Peru, and female participation in scientific and technological development. She worked as a researcher for the project Technology Transfer and Sectorial Development in the Peruvian Economy, 1890-1967 at the Universidad del Pacifico, and has been a professor in the same university house. Currently, she is doing her PhD in History of Technology as part of the project A Global History of Technology, 1850-200 at the Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany).
Aloy Buragohain is a native of Assam (India), and a graduate of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras. He was awarded a master’s degree in Development Studies in 2016 upon completion of a thesis titled “State within an Estate: A Political Economy Perspective on Tea Enterprise in Assam”. At present, Aloy is interested in exploring historical linkages between the North-Eastern region of India and the rest of South-East Asia especially in relation to exchange of material culture and technology. Beyond History of Technology, Aloy harbours a keen interest in problems of epistemology and intellectual history.
Currently, Aloy is Doctoral Research Fellow at Darmstadt University of Technology, working as part of the European Research Council (ERC) project “A Global History of Technology : 1850-2000” with Professor Mikael Hård.
David Drengk is a young Africa historian who has graduated from the Humboldt University in Berlin and Leiden University/the African Studies Center Leiden (ASC). He holds a diploma in area studies Asia/Africa, Agricultural Sciences (B.A.) as well as African Studies (M.A. Research). Mr. Drengk focuses particularly on social and oral history in a Southern African context. Previous research projects have led the young researcher to Southern Malawi (‘Social order and hierarchy in Che Mboma and Likotima village, Southern Malawi’) and the Wild Coast in South Africa (‘Pushing Social Boundaries: Social history of Surfing and People between 1960 and 1990 at South Africa’s Wild Coast’) where he conducted fieldwork in several local villages on historic social structures and social interactions.
In November 2017, Mr. Drengk started doing his PhD in African History as part of the research team “A Global History of Technology, 1850 – 2000 (GLOBAL-HOT)” at the Technical University of Darmstadt.
Jonas van der Straeten
Jonas van der Straeten works as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Technology Darmstadt in the project “A Global History of Technology, 1850 – 2000” which is funded by the European Research Council. His current research focuses on the temporality of technology in Central Asia. In 2018, he conducted archival and field research in Samarkand and Tashkent, Uzbekistan that form the base for publications on the history of building and housing in the Uzbek SSR. In parallel, he is currently revising his dissertation „Transmitting Development – Global Networks and Local Grids in the Electrification of East Africa“ for a book publication with Palgrave Macmillan. His dissertation project, which was completed in 2017, was embedded in the interdisciplinary postgraduate program Microenergy Systems at the University of Technology in Berlin and the department of History of Technology at the University of Technology in Darmstadt. He is co-editor of a special issue of NTM Journal of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine on (Post)Colonialism, Infrastructures and the Environment and co-authored a review essay on the same topic. In 2017, he worked as a post-doc with the research project “Translating the Networked City: Adaptation and Creativity in Urban Infrastructures in Africa” at Utrecht University funded by the German Research Council. For this project, he conducted a study on electricity distribution, urban growth and informality Dar es Salaam and Nairobi. Besides his academic activities, he has a seven-years track record as a consultant for projects on energy access in countries of the Global South.
Shorouk El Hariry
Shorouk El Hariry holds a dual MA degree in Journalism, Media and Globalization from Aarhus University, Denmark and Hamburg University, Germany as an Erasmus Mundus full scholarship holder. Her experience as a researcher includes the history of Arab states’ commitment and compliance to international human rights law at Leuphana University Lüneburg, as well as structural conditions of media freedoms in Egypt through the EU-funded MeCoDem project at Hamburg University. El Hariry has worked for European and Arab news outlets and NGOs, and is Editor of the German-Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce’s bimonthly publication. She is a Cairo-born writer and journalist on MENA affairs with a background in cultural studies and broad research interest in the Arab world.
In October 2017, El Hariry started pursuing a PhD in Arab history as part of the ERC-funded Global History of Technology (Global HoT) research project at Darmstadt University of Technology.
Office History of Technology
Department of History of Technology
Institute of Historical Research
Technical University of Darmstadt
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Dennis Yazici is a student assistant in the Global History of Technology Project (GLOBAL-HOT). He is currently writing his bachelor thesis on the topic “Global Circulation of Animals in the German Colonies, 1880-1914”.