Of conjunctions, comportment, and clothing
The place of African teaching assistants in Berlin and Hamburg, 1889–1919
in Ordering Africa
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The situation for Africans who lived in Germany and worked as teaching assistants in Berlin and Hamburg was quite different from that of their colleagues who remained in the colonies. Indeed, some Lektoren produced texts that delved not only into their national customs, but German ones as well. African assistants were, however, undeniably integral to the learning process at the Berlin Seminar and Hamburg Institute. The assistants' roles were in sense academic ones. Lektoren worked within a methodological framework that demanded the presence of a native assistant when 'exotic' languages were being taught. From early on Njo Dibone, Meinhof's first African teacher, assisted with anthropological and literary pursuits. In many of the more than 600 books and articles that he wrote in his lifetime, Meinhof struggled to define African racial hierarchies.

Ordering Africa

Anthropology, European imperialism, and the politics of knowledge


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