Margret FRENZ


Margret FRENZ

History, University of Oxford, Great Britain

Fellowship : October 2015 to June 2016

Discipline(s) : History

Pays : Great-Brittain

Research Project: "Citizenship, Doctors, and Race in the British and French Empires, c. 1900-1960"

This project explores (imperial) citizenship, the role of doctors, and the impact of racial categories, comparing the British and the French empires in the 20th century. It interrogates connections between race, welfare, and citizenship; what empire meant for those who came from the colony to the metropole; and how the state imposed social control and segregation on colonial populations in the metropoles. In the first six decades of the 20th century, each empire had to deal with increasing numbers of colonial patients who were ‘out of place,’ needing medical care in the metropole. Examples have been analysed separately but without considering the insights available by locating them comparatively, in terms of Imperial strategies, to see how the British and the French empires dealt with the welfare of their colonial subjects ‘at home’.


Margret FRENZ is a historian of India, the Indian Ocean, and East Africa, covering the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. Her research focus is global, transnational, and imperial history, with a strong emphasis on comparative perspectives. As a social and cultural historian, Margret FRENZ is particularly interested in how individuals experienced different social positions in colonial and post-colonial settings; how they remember their lives during and especially at the end of colonialism; and how these experiences can be related to the broader, structural history of empires, and of relationships between empires, and across nation-states.

Before joining the Oxford Centre for Global History and St Cross College at the University of Oxford, Margret FRENZ held posts at the Universities of Leicester, Oxford, Berlin, and Heidelberg. She was a fellow at the Insittute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh, in 2010-2011.



Major publications

2014. Community, Memory, and Migration in a Globalizing World. The Goan Experience, c. 1890-1980, New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

2014. « Transimperial Connections. East African Goan Perspectives on Goa 1961 », Contemporary South Asia, Vol. 22, No. 3, pp. 240-254.

2013. « ‘Swaraj for Kenya, 1949-1965. The Ambiguities of Transnational Politics », Past & Present, No. 218, pp. 151-177.

2013. « Migration, Identity, and Postcolonial Change in Uganda. A Goan Perspective », Immigrants and Minorities, Vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 48-73.

2003. From Contact to Conquest. Transition to British Rule in Malabar, 1790-1805, New Delhi: Oxford University Press.