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Robbie's research focuses on the historical creation of racial categories in the settler colony of German Southwest Africa. He is currently completing a large-scale investigation into Germany’s African Diaspora and this project focuses in particular on survival strategies, political and social networks, and identity construction. He is a member of the Humanities Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam.


  • Black History (African-German Diaspora)
  • German History (Imperial and Weimar Periods)
  • German colonialism
  • Namibia and Cameroon as German colonies
  • Post-colonial theory