INPUTS Writer-in-Residence

Anthony Brunt (Samoa, New Zealand)

In the summer semester of 2024, NZ/Samoan historian Anthony Brunt will be a guest at the University of Bremen for two months as an INPUTS writer-in-residence (13 May – 7 July 2024). Tony Brunt is a historian and photo historian specialising in colonial era photography from the South Pacific, especially from the former German colony of Samoa. For many years he has researched and archived images from private collections and moved them into public access and visibility. Tony Brunt has been a consultant and volunteer photo archivist to the Museum of Samoa since 2012 and created the museum’s long-running online photo exhibition on the German colonial period “To Walk Under Palm Trees”, which ran from 2013 - 2019 and featured over 400 images from private collections. He has spearheaded the museum’s public outreach through social media in relation to historical photography. He has written two illustrated books on early Samoa, including a 2020 study of the recently discovered Karl Hanssen Album of historical photography.

During his stay Anthony Brunt will engage in the following activities:

  1. co-teach the course “German Colonialism in the Pacific” (with Kerstin Knopf, Wednesdays, 16-18 hours);
  2. give the lecture “The Legacy of Scientist Otto Tetens: German Samoa’s most important documentarian photographer” within the framework of the exhibition and lecture series “Points of View” (Wednesday 15 May, 18-20 hours, Hafenmuseum, Am Speicher XI 1, Bremen);
  3. engage in cooperative research at the Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum, incl. Panel Discussion “Traces of Samoan Colonial Past in the Collections of the German Maritime Museum”, Monday 3 June, 16-18 hours, Research Depository, with online access;
  4. give INPUTS Bremer Denkanstösse lecture (with Dr. Nicole Perry, U Auckland) “Samoa – Jewel of Germany’s Pacific?” (Thursday 27 June, 12-14 hours, MZH 1460).

Organisation: Kerstin Knopf

Everybody is welcome to single classes, lectures and panel discussion (pls send inquiries to kknopfprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de).

Points of View: The Legacy of Scientist Otto Tetens

May 15, 2024, Hafenmuseum Bremen

The Legacy of Scientist Otto Tetens: German Samoa’s most important documentarian photographer
Lecture by Anthony Brunt (Samoa/New Zealand), in English

There were three commercial photographers operating in Samoa during the German colonial period and also a number of amateur photographers among the settler community. Arguably, none can match the body of work of Otto Tetens, the astronomer who came to Apia in 1902 and spent several years setting up the Samoa geophysical observatory at Mulinu'u. His collection, most of it unrelated to his scientific endeavours, reflects a bold, even adventurous intrusion into Samoan and settler life to get the shots he wanted, clearly driven by a wide-eyed curiosity and fascination with his exotic new home in the South Seas. Photo historian Tony Brunt examines Tetens' large collection - much of it still unseen and held privately in Germany - and mines it for its enduring historical and cultural insights.

In the context of the exhibition Pointsof View_ Artistic and Scientific Perspectives on German Colonial History in the Western pacific (April 14 - August 18, 2024)
Tickets: 8 € / 6 €


Am Speicher XI 1 // 28217 Bremen

WAYS OF WATER: Aquatic Poetics and Politics in North American Literatures

Summer Term 2024 | Lecture Series | Wednesdays 18:00—20:00



HWK Institute for Advanced Study (Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg) | Delmenhorst GERMANY


Keynote Speaker: Steve Mentz (St John’s University)

Seminars by leading figures from: Environmental Humanities, Literature and Science, History of Science, History of Medicine, Philosophy of Science 

Workshops on: Publishing; Academic Careers 

The ScienceHumanities Summer School: Postgraduate, International, and Free 

See for further details

In 2024, the Cardiff ScienceHumanities group partners with the Fiction Meets Science Program and Bremen Blue Humanities Research Group to host the Summer School at their home base in Germany. The theme for 2024 is the “Blue Humanities.” 

The ScienceHumanities Summer School features a week of workshops with leading scholars who have trained in a diverse array of disciplines—literature, history, philosophy, sociology, environmental science—and are doing research at the cross-section of the humanities and sciences. Students have the opportunity to engage with experienced researchers and a select cohort of peers from around the world, attending workshops on current research topics and career issues (publishing, professional network-building, etc.). Anna-Katharina Hornidge (Bonn) will give the keynote address. Other speakers include Steve Mentz (New York) and Kerstin Knopf (Bremen).

In addition, you will have the opportunity to share ideas, concepts and methods with other doctoral students and begin to build a network of global contacts. The Summer School also incorporates a cultural programme focussed on the rich heritage of Bremen and the region.

The Summer School is open only to doctoral students located in universities and research centres worldwide. There are only 12 places available.

It is free to attend, but participants must be able to meet the cost of their own transport, accommodation and part of their subsistence during their stay at the HWK Institute for Advanced Study (Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg), Delmenhorst. Advice will be given on accommodation and transport and meals will be included during the Summer School. 

Two bursaries of £400 are available for students from nations with limited resources.

To express initial interest and receive an application form please email Professor Keir Waddington on waddingtonkprotect me ?!cardiff.acprotect me ?!.uk

The closing date for expressions of interest is 23 February 2024. Applications must be submitted by 23 March 2024 and decisions will be communicated by early April 2024. Participating doctoral students must be able to commit to the full 5 days of the Summer School.

Interview with Dr. Mohammed Muharram

Dr. Mohammed Muharram gave an interview for Jadaliyya's Scholars in Context series about his research.

"By weaving together postcolonial studies, the blue humanities, and Arabic literature and culture, my research can shed light on novel narratives and interpretations that are at once ecocritical, postcolonial, and deeply rooted in Arabic traditions and histories. This nuanced approach can provide a more holistic understanding of Arabic literature, emphasizing both the historical struggles of postcolonialism and the intricate relationship between people, culture, and the marine environment."

Read the full interview here.

Book cover Postcolonial Oceans 2023

Out Now: Postcolonial Oceans: Contradictions, Heterogeneities, Knowledges, Materialities

edited by Sukla Chatterjee, Joanna Chojnicka, Anna-Katharina Hornidge, and Kerstin Knopf

This book contributes to the study of oceans, seas, coastal waters, and rivers in the context of the Blue Humanities by approaching the topic of water from different epistemological, narratological, geographical, cultural, and disciplinary perspectives and connecting them.

The contributors from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, North America and the Pacific deal with the entanglements between oceans, coastal areas, rivers, humans, animals, plants, organisms, and landscapes in the fields of cultural history and cultural studies, critical race theory and postcolonial studies, marine and environmental studies, linguistics, literature, film and media studies.

Heidelberg University Press published the edited volume both as a hardcover (60 Euros) and as an open access e-book.

Lecture Series - Blue Humanities: Histories, Cultures, Literatures, and Media

The newly formed Bremen Blue Humanities Research Group is pleased to announce our first lecture series this winter term 2023-24, Wednesdays 6-8 pm in the Cartesium.