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Jeff Bowersox

Jeff Bowersox


Jeff Bowersox is a historian, writer, consultant, and performer with a passion for storytelling.

He is currently in development on Morcashani, a historical drama series co-created with Imran Khan of Chosen Family Media and head writer Malina Nwabuonwor.

In his day job he works as a German historian at University College London. There he has long researched and taught on colonialism in European history and on the presence and experiences of Black people across Europe. He has written numerous articles and chapters
as well as a book, Raising Germans in the Age of Empire. In the last ten years or so he has moved from focusing chiefly on academic audiences to engaging a broader public with new directions in historical research, especially on people who have been marginalised in European history and the various tools that have been used
in past and present to do so. The best example of this is his work as the managing editor Black Central Europe, an online resource providing 1000 years of Black history in the German-speaking lands, and his work insisting that we pay attention to Black Germans and
their activism as a part of German history.

Jeff’s research is taking him in new and sometimes quirky directions focused on popular culture. Most recently he has written on how Playmobil toys deal with race and ethnic difference, and he is currently working on a book project on Black entertainers in Europe
before jazz and Josephine Baker. This latter project is full of exciting, creative, and complicated performers who wowed audiences all across Europe and who have almost all been forgotten.

Jeff regularly gives public talks and interviews on his research and is looking to use tv, film, and the theatre to get stories of extraordinary but overlooked people out into the culture.

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