Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies

Dirk Hoffman

Dirk Hoffman
Doctoral candidate
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Humboldt-Universität → Präsidium → Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät → Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften → Geschichte Afrikas II
Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

Laufendes Projekt

"Strange Africans – Memories of the 1894 Martin Trek from the Orange Free State (South Africa) to Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)"

This research project will investigate the oral family histories amongst the settled descendants of an agricultural migration of people of mainly European descent from the former Oranje-Vrijstaat (Republic of South Africa) to the eastern Highlands of the former Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), lead by Marthinus Jacobus Martin in 1894.
The scope of the investigation will include identity narratives in the oral family histories amongst settled descendants of this migration and a comparison of these with settler literature narratives from the period – instrumental in the construction of memory and identity, and integral to larger white statist or nationalistic mythmaking projects. In so doing, the project will attempt to retrace the contours of identity formation in the eventual settled African spaces of a particular agricultural migration of people of mainly European descent. 

Dirk Hoffman's doctoral project is supervised by Prof. Baz Lecocq.