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Andreas Bolte

andreas bolte

Ph.D. Student

Postal address:

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Historisches Seminar
Lehrstuhl für Neuere und Neueste Geschichte Westeuropas
79085 Freiburg im Breisgau

E-Mail: andreascbolte@gmail.com

Academic Career
Grants and Awards
Ph.D. Project



Academic Career

November 2020

Associate with the GRK 2571 "Empires: Dynamic Transformation, Temporality and Postimperial Orders"

December 2017

Ph.D. Student with the Chair of Modern European History, Prof. Dr. Jörn Leonhard
Research assistant and tutor with the Department of History, Prof. Dr. Willi Oberkrome and the Chair of Economic, Social and Environmental History, Prof. Dr. Dr. F.-J. Brüggemeier
2015-2017 M.A. Comparative Modern History, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
2014-2015 Modern History, Göteborgs Universitet
2012-2014 Research assistant and tutor with the Chair of Early Modern History, Prof. Dr. Ronald G. Asch
2011-2015 B.A. Early Modern and Modern History and German Literature, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg


Grants and Awards

Since 2018 Ph.D. Scholarship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
2017 Bavaria-Master-Stipendium of the Faculty of Philosophy, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
2015 Adlerbertska Hospitiestiftelsen, Göteborgs Universitet
2014-2015 ERASMUS+-Stipendium


Ph.D. Project

"Temporal Practices and Imperial Rule in British Malaya and the Dutch East Indies, ca. 1900-1940"

The project wants to investigate the relation between temporal practices and imperial rule in early twentieth century Southeast Asia. While a lot of research in the past has been devoted to the broader connections between time and empire, most of it has been focussed mainly on writing and speaking about time. While this has proven fruitful for the investigation into aspects like memory of empire and the logics of temporal constructs like the co-called civilising mission, it often lacks the potential to go beyond purely text-based sources, with all the implications and problems this causes for the inclusion of indigenous and subaltern voices into the research.

To solve this problem, the project is focussed on the doing of time: planning, scheduling and being punctual. Past research on time and empire has often described these practices as European tools of empire, used to rule the supposedly time-less colonies. Here, scholars have echoed the colonisers self-image while underestimating the complexities of both imperial rule and temporal practices. The project is aimed at showing not only that there were no temporal practices exclusive to one social or ethnic group, but also that temporal practices are not always practiced intentionally.

By taking a closer look at four ‘cases’ from British Malaya and the Dutch East Indies (plantations, the transport network, the urban banking system and rural farms) the project wants to find a better way of analysing the crossovers of time and empire, and to further our understanding not only of the temporality of empire, but also of the imperiality of time.


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