On September 12 and 13, 2023, two co-investigators from the research unit will be speaking at the conference “Solidarity and Voluntarism in State-Socialist Societies” at the University of Graz, Austria. For a panel on Friday Carolyn Taratko and Elena M. E. Kiesel will be presenting aspects of their research projects on voluntariness in Ghana and the GDR.
Carolyn Taratko is a postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer at the Chair of Global History, University of Erfurt, and a Co-Investigator in the Research Unit on Voluntariness. Her research interests include the history of knowledge, modern German history, and the colonial and postcolonial history of West Africa. She received her PhD in History from Vanderbilt University in 2019 with a dissertation on Feeding Germany after undertaking research in Germany, the United States, and Namibia.