Tanja Hammel

Tanja Hammel joins us in July and August from the University of Basel. She is visiting the University with Kirsten McKenzie but has a long relationship with our ARC Future Fellow, Christine Winter. Read about her below.

tanja_hammel_profile_baselTanja Hammel, PhD Candidate at the Department of History, University of Basel, Switzerland, is a research affiliate at the History Department, University of Sydney. After archival research at the National Herbarium of Victoria (MEL) and the attendance of the Environmental Humanities Conference: Affective Habitus: New Environmental Histories of Botany, Zoology and Emotions (ANU), she met and discussed her work with Kirsten McKenzie and postgraduate students working in related areas.

Now visiting the University, Tanja has particularly enjoyed working at REGS, where she profited from discussing her work with students and scholars and being introduced to the research of the centre. The chapter and journal article she is currently writing focus on the negotiations of racial differences in archaeological and anthropological research in the Cape Colony c. 1850-1880. She stresses the South-North exchange and the impact southern institutions and theories had on the emerging disciplines. A paper will be presented at the Basel Graduate School of History postgraduate workshop Race, Ethnicity and Natural History in October. Christine Winter will join this workshop as the expert participant. Tanja is eager for the collaboration with REGS members to continue.