March 1, 2020 at 11:00 pm

Contemporary History | Moving Men: Labor Mobilizations To and From Africa During World War I, March 5

Michelle R. Moyd, portrait

Dr. Michelle R. Moyd

The Contemporary History Institute welcomes Dr. Michelle R. Moyd discussing “Moving Men: Labor Mobilizations To and From Africa During World War I” on March 5 in Bentley 124 at 4:30 p.m.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Moyd is an Associate Professor in the Department of History; Faculty Affiliate in African Studies Program; Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Germanic Studies; and Faculty Affiliate with the Department of International Studies at Indiana University at Bloomington.

Moyd has been the Associate Editor of American Historical Review since 2018.

She is a historian of eastern Africa, with special interests in the region’s history of soldiering and warfare. Her first monograph, Violent Intermediaries: African Soldiers, Conquest, and Everyday Colonialism in German East Africa (Ohio University Press, 2014) explores the social and cultural history of African soldiers in the colonial army of German East Africa, today’s Tanzania. Currently, she is at work on a book titled “Africa, Africans, and the First World War,” which examines the spectrum of African experiences in the war, especially as soldiers and workers. Another research project, “Soldiering On: Race, Labor, and Armies of Empire in the United States and Africa, 1850-1918,” examines colonial militaries and labor patterns across different imperial experiences. She is particularly interested in bringing the experience of 19th-century African-American soldiers into a broader analysis of soldiers of empire.

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