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Visiting Fellowship for H. Glenn Penny

H. Glenn Penny, Ph.D. (University of Iowa) will be guest of Prof Philipp Schorch's ERC project 'Indigeneities in the 21st Century'


H. Glenn Penny is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Objects of Culture: Ethnology and Ethnographic Museums in Imperial Germany (UNC Press, 2002), Kindred by Choice: Germans and American Indians since 1880 (UNC Press, 2013), In Humboldt’s Shadow: A Tragic History of German Ethnology (C. H. Beck, 2019; Princeton UP, 2021); and German History Unbound: 1750s to the Present (in production at Cambridge UP). He is also the editor (together with Matti Bunzl) of Worldly Provincialism: German Anthropology in the Age of Empire (University of Michigan Press, 2003), and (with Laura Graham) Performing Indigeneity: Global Histories and Contemporary Experiences (Nebraska University Press, 2014). He is currently engaged in an in-depth study of belonging in the Southern German Borderlands over the last two centuries. As a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, he will be affiliated in August and September 2021 with the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the LMU. He will be working with the research group on ‘Indigeneities in the 21st Century’ ( while exploring the potential of ethnological museums’ collections for the production of knowledge — past and present. He is also keenly interested in what it means to be Bavarian in contemporary Europe.