Patrick Grogan


Afrikanische Geschichte


The Berlin-Cape Nexus: Early Nineteenth-Century German Naturalists in the Cape Colony

Zur Person

Born in 1987 in East London, South Africa


Since October 2012
Enrolled in Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the Basel Graduate School of History, University of Basel

Obtained Master of Arts (MA) in African Studies, summa cum laude, at the University of Basel as a Swiss Federal Scholarship holder 

Obtained Bachelor of Arts Honours (BA Hons.) in German Studies, with distinction, at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

Obtained Bachelor of Arts (BA) with distinctions in German Studies and History at Rhodes University

Obtained Senior Certificate (South Africa’s secondary school leaving certificate) with distinctions in Afrikaans, English, French, Geography, History, and Mathematics at St Andrew’s College, Grahamstown, South Africa

Employment History

August–September 2011
Internship at the Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Basel

Teaching Assistant in the Department of German Studies, School of Languages, Rhodes University

Graduate Assistant in the Department of German Studies, School of Languages, Rhodes University


  • Social History of Science
  • Nineteenth-Century Southern African History


Grogan, Patrick: "German Natural History Collectors and the Appropriation of Human Skulls and Skeletons in Early Nineteenth Century Southern Africa: Towards a Discursive Analysis of Collecting" in Arlt, Veit; Bishop, Stephanie; Schmid, Pascal (eds.): Explorations in African History: Reading Patrick Harries (Basler Afrika Bibliographien: Basel, 2015), pp.65-69;

Grogan, Patrick: Tagungsbericht "Science, Race, and Identity in the Global South" (Basel, 13. October 2014)

Grogan, Patrick and Hammel, Tanja: "Encounters: William Beinart, University of Oxford" in "Newsletter" of the Société suisse d’études africaines - Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Afrikastudien, 2/2013 & 1/2014, pp.44-46.

Grogan, Patrick: Registur PA.44: Katesa Schlosser (1920-2010), Collection of Research Correspondence and other Materials on the Herero Diaspora in Botswana and South Africa, 1953-1956 (Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Basel, 2012)

Unpublished Presentations

Grogan, Patrick: "Zeal, Cruelty, and Commerce: Destructive Collecting Practices among Early Nineteenth-Century German Naturalists in Southern Africa", Forschungskolloquium zur Geschichte Afrikas, Basel, 8. December 2015.

Grogan, Patrick: poster presentation on "Early Nineteenth?Century German Naturalists in the Cape Colony", Conference: Swiss Researching Africa Days, Bern, 17./18. October 2014.

Grogan, Patrick: "Natural history collectors and the appropriation of human skulls and skeletons: towards a case study of German-led collecting expeditions in early nineteenth-century southern Africa", Workshop: Science, Race & Identity in the Global South, Basel, 13. October 2014.

Grogan, Patrick: "Ludwig Krebs and Carl Drège: two case studies of early nineteenth-century German collectors of natural history specimens on expedition in southern Africa", Workshop: The Politics of Nature and Science in African History, Basel, 15. May 2014.

Grogan, Patrick: “Hinrich Lichtenstein and the Berlin-Cape Nexus: Early Nineteenth-Century German Naturalists in the Cape Colony”, Workshop: The Queen Mary-Basel University Graduate Colloquium: Global Encounters, London, 29. November 2013.

Grogan, Patrick: Presentation at the University of Basel discussion forum: Working Together – How research mobility impacts careers in North – South partnerships, Basel, 28. November 2012.

Grogan, Patrick: “German Naturalists at the Cape – the Early-Nineteenth Century”, Workshop: Explorations in the social history of science in Africa and India, Basel, 17. October 2012.