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Franziska Torma

John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2012-2013


Franziska Torma

Torma is a research fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. She studied history and theater studies in Bochum and Munich and received her doctorate from LMU Munich with a thesis on expeditions to Asia (“Turkestan-Expeditionen. Zur Kulturgeschichte deutscher Forschungsreisen nach Mittelasien, 1890–1930”). She has published essays on the history of mountaineering and on Germany’s colonial culture, as well as a monograph on animal protection issues in Africa. Her research interests include the cultural and environmental history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As a John F. Kennedy Memorial fellow during the academic year 2012–2013, Franziska will be working on a project entitled “Germany’s Seven Seas: Marine Biology and Ecological Imperialism during the Long Twentieth Century.”

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Research Fellow, Ludwig-Maximillians Universität München
  • Visiting Scholar 2012-2013, CES, Harvard University
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow 2012-2013, CES, Harvard University