Joseph Biggerstaff

Doctoral Candidate

Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
Room: 2.016
Niebuhrstr. 5
53113 Bonn

jbiggers@uni-bonn.de

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Academic profile

I am a doctoral candidate at the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS), where I work as a research assistant (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) for the early modern history team. My research examines the history of gender, sexuality, dependency in early modern global history. My MA thesis used probate records to re-examine Atlantic capitalism through the lens of the plantation in Barbados during the long seventeenth century. My PhD project approaches archival sources and silences with an interdisciplinary methodological framework.

2021–2025
Ph.D. in History, Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, University of Bonn

2017–2021
M. A. in Global History, Free University of Berlin/Humboldt University of Berlin

2008–2011
B. A. in History and Philosophy, Eastern Michigan University

2021–2025
Research Assistant at Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies in Bonn, Germany

2016–2017
Lecturer in English and History at Higher Philological School in Wroclaw, Poland

2014–2017
Freelance English Instructor in Wroclaw, Poland

Sessions Organized

Jun. 2019
Workshop “Presenting work in academic English for non-native speakers of English,” Global Histories Student Conference, Free University of Berlin, May 31-June 2

Jun. 2019
Panel on Global Environmental History, Global Histories Student Conference, Free University of Berlin, May 31-June 2

Panelist

Oct. 2021
“Settler Mobility and the Global Plantation Complex, 1898-1946,” Annual Western Historical Association Conference, October 27-29

Apr. 2021
“Ecology, Knowledge, and Power in the Plantation Complex: 1624-1700,” Graduate Conference in European History, University of Vienna, April 7-9

Service

2018–2020
Editorial board member at Global Histories: A Student Journal

2018–2020
Conference organizer for Global History Student Conference

2016–2017
Extracurricular workshops at Higher Philological School in Wroclaw, Poland

2016
Examination board member for regional academic competition at the University of Lower Silesia

Book Reviews

Nov. 2019
Review of How to Hide an Empire: A Short History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr, Global Histories: A Student Journal 5, issue 2: 148–152

Nov. 2019
Co-review of The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America by Greg Grandin, Global Histories: A Student Journal 5, issue 2: 164–169

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