Centre for European and International Studies Research


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Dr Alexander Keese

  • Qualifications: DPhil. (Freiburg, Germany), Habilitation (Berne, Switzerland)
  • Role Title: Visiting Fellow
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6033
  • Email: alexander.keese@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Languages and Area Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


My current project focuses on forced labour as a European heritage in different colonial systems and different countries in sub-Saharan Africa (mainly West, West Central, and South Central Africa). Francophone Africa is represented through various regional case studies (Gabon, Cameroun, Senegal), which connects to CEISR interest in studies of decolonization and the late colonial state.

Other research interests are chieftaincy as flexible phenomenon, ethno-cultural solidarities and their development over time, and comparative views on processes of European decolonization.


Research Clusters

  • Francophone Group

Discipline Areas

  • History

Current Research Projects

  • The group project ‘Forced labour: an Afro-European heritage in sub-Saharan Africa (1930-1975)?’ (short name: ForcedLabourAfrica) is financed by ERC Starting Grant 240898 under the Framework Programme 7 of the European Community.