Michael Zeuske
© Michael Zeuske

Prof. Dr. Michael Max Paul Zeuske

Department of Iberian and Latin American Studies
Albertus-Magnus-Platz
D-50923 Cologne
Phone: +49 / (0)221 / 470 4320
michael.zeuske@uni-koeln.de 


Current Position

  • Professor for Iberian and Latin American History

Research

Michael Zeuske is focusing on different forms of dependency in the Atlantic slavery (1450-1886), in the global history of slavery and in different local slaveries and slave trades on a micro-historical level as well (life histories of enslaved people and slave traders). Dependencies on these different forms and levels between "Slavery and Freedom“ are interesting to examine in the beginnings of the processes of enslavement, as well as in the relations among the enslaved (ritualized forms of kinship) and in the relations of love and sex between enslaved women and slavers (slave traders as well as slave holders). We are unaware if these types of relations were also important between enslaved men and slavers/holders (and there are only very few examples of relations between enslaved men and slaveholding women). We also know extremely little about religious dependencies of enslaved children in the Eastern hemisphere enclaves under Portuguese control.

17 books, 21 edited volumes, 196 papers. 250 national and international lectures, 3 completed and one ongoing habilitation, 25 completed and 10 ongoing Ph.D. supervisions, 185 supervised Diploma and Magister theses, 30 Master and 45 Bachelor theses.

Education

  • 1991                            Habilitation/Venia legendi in Modern History 1500–1917, Global History
  • 1981–1984                Ph.D., University of Leipzig, Germany
  • 1976–1981                Studies in History and Philosophy, University of Leipzig, Germany

Academic Positions

  • 1993–2019                Professor for Iberian and Latin American History, University of Cologne, Germany
  • 1992                            Professor for Comparative History and Ibero-American History at the Department of History, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • 1984–1991                Research Associate of the Department of History, University of Leipzig, Germany

Editorial Boards

  • 2012–present            Corresponding member of the Academia de la Historia (La Habana)
  • 2009–2014                Member of the editorial board of the "International Review for Social History"
  • 2007–present            Co-editor "Jahrbuch für Europäische Überseegeschichte"
  • 1991–present            Co-founder and co-editor of the journal "COMPARATIV. Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und Vergleichende Gesellschaftsgeschichte"

Participation in Academic Centers and Consortium Projects

    • 2016–2020                  La configuración de los espacios atlánticos ibéricos. Ministerio de Economía y Competividad (head: Prof. Santiago de Luxán Méndez, University of Las Palmas
                                             de Gran Canaria, HAR2015-66142-R)
    • 2015–2018                  International Research Project: La participación española en el tráfico de esclavos y los legados de la esclavitud en España (1765–1886)" (MINECO/FEDER HAR
                                             2015-67365P - Prof. Dr. Martín Rodrigo y Alharilla, Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
    • 2010–present              Research Network "International Research Seminar on the Second Slavery", Fernand Braudel Center, University of Binghampton (SUNY), University of Cologne,
                                             set of Universities from USA, Brazil, France, Latin America
    • 2007–2011                  proyecto de investigación "Santiago de Cuba” (HQ2007-62149/HIST), Directorate-General of the Ministry of the Environment, investigador principal: Juan Andreo
                                             García
    • 2007–2010                  fellow of the research project "Global Labor Relations" (responsible for the Latin America section 1500–2000) IISH Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • 2003–present              "The Law in Slavery and Freedom", University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

    Third-Party Funding

    • various German Research Foundation (DFG) projects
    • Thyssen-Foundation
    • Börsenverein des deutschen Buchhandels (The German Publishers & Booksellers Association)

    Selected Publications

    • 2015. Sklavenhändler, Negreros und Atlantikkreolen. Eine Weltgeschichte des Sklavenhandels im atlantischen Raum. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

    • and Javier Laviña, eds. 2014. The Second Slavery. Mass Slaveries and Modernity in the Americas and in the Atlantic Basin. Sklaverei und Postemanzipation 6. Berlin: LIT-Verlag.

    • 2013. Handbuch Geschichte der Sklaverei. Eine Globalgeschichte von den Anfängen bis heute. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

    • 2012. Kuba im 21. Jahrhundert. Reform und Revolution auf der Insel der Extreme. Berlin: Rotbuch.

    • 2012. Die Geschichte der Amistad. Sklavenhandel und Menschenschmuggel auf dem Atlantik im 19. Jahrhundert. Stuttgart: Reclam.

    • 2008. Von Bolívar zu Chávez. Die Geschichte Venezuelas. Zurich: Rotpunktverlag.

    • 2006. Sklaven und Sklaverei in den Welten des Atlantiks, 1400–1940. Umrisse, Anfänge, Akteure, Vergleichsfelder und Bibliografien. Sklaverei und Postemanzipation 1. Berlin: LIT-Verlag.

    • 2004. Schwarze Karibik. Sklaven, Sklavereikultur und Emanzipation. Zurich: Rotpunktverlag.

    • 2002. Sklavereien, Emanzipationen und atlantische Weltgeschichte. Essays über Mikrogeschichten, Sklaven, Globalisierungen und Rassismus. Arbeitsberichte des Instituts für Kultur- und Universalgeschichte Leipzig e.V. Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag.

    • 1995. Francisco de Miranda und die Entdeckung Europas. Eine Biographie. Hamburger Ibero-Amerika Studien 5. Munster: LIT-Verlag.

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