Adam A Blackler

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Adam Blackler is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Minnesota. His dissertation, “Heathens, ‘Hottentots,’ and Heimat: Colonial Contact and the Formation of German Identity in Southwest Africa, 1842-1919,” analyzes how colonial encounters in Southwest Africa led Germans to fashion an imperial image of the Heimat ideal. He has presented his research at numerous national and international conferences, including the German Studies Association, the Freie Universität zu Berlin, and the Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar organized by the German Historical Institute. His research has been funded by a variety of organizations, including the Department of History and College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, the Deutsche Akademische Austauschienst (DAAD), and the Central European History Society (Columbia University).

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D: History, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2009-Present.
  • Ph.D.: History, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany, Research Fellow.
  • M.A.: History, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, 2007-2009.
  • B.A: History and Political Science, Carroll College, Helena, MT, 2002-2006.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Modern Germany
  • Modern Europe
  • German Imperialism
  • European Nationalism
  • Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Courses Taught
  • OLLI 13450: From Kaiser to Kanzlerin: Forging German Unity from 1805 to the Present
  • OLLI 13050: "The Abstract Nakedness of Man:" Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity
  • GLOS 3993: Germans Abroad: Migration and Nation in the Nineteenth Century
  • HIST 3727: The History of the Holocaust
  • HIST 3722: History of Europe: From the End of World War II until the End of the Cold War, 1945-1991
  • HIST 3721: The History of Europe: From the Turn of the Twentieth Century to the End of the Second World War, 1900-1945
  • HIST 3721 (Online): The History of Europe: From the Turn of the Twentieth Century to the End of the Second World War, 1900-1945
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • “Wende-Punkte 1914-2014: Internationale Perspektiven auf Deutschland und Europa,” Interdisziplinäre Konferenz der Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD): “‘Meine Frau, die fast weiß ist’: Kolonial Verknüpfungen, Rasse, und national Identität in Deutsch Südwestafrika, 1905-1919" , 11. December 2014 - 14. December 2014
  • "Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar": German Historical Institute -- Washington, D.C. , 7 May - 11 May 2014
  • “Global History, Literature, and Culture from a German Base” : 37th Annual German Studies (GSA) Association Meeting , October 2013
  • "'Hottentots' and Heimat: Colonial Encounters and the Formation of German Identity in Southwest Africa, 1884-1894: German Historical Society (GHS) Fourth Annual Meeting -- London, United Kingdom , 12 September 2013 - 14 September 2013
  • "Eine andere Heimat:" Boer Migration and German Identity in Southwest Africa, 1890-1904: "Acts to Ground:" On the Politics of the Humanities -- Cape Town, South Africa , 6 July 2013 - 14 July 2013
  • Between Heimat and Heathens: German Missionaries and the Forging of Germanness in Southern Africa, 1842-1884: 36th German Studies Association Annual Meeting , October 2012
  • Genesis of Ascendancy: The Rhenish Mission Society and the Civilizing Mission in German Southwest Africa: 35th Annual German Studies Association Conference , September 2011
  • Ideology and Implementation: Scientific Racism and the Evolution of the Final Solution: Fifth Annual James A. Rawley Graduate Student Conference in the Humanities , April 2010
  • Destruction of Life Unworthy of Life: The Perversion of the Hippocratic Oath Under the Nazis: Colorado Regional Conference , March 2009
  • Bergen-Belsen on Trial: From Convalescent to Death Camp: University of Wyoming Graduate Symposium , April 2008


  • "Heathens, Hottentots, and Heimat: Colonial Contact and the Formation of German Identity in Southwest Africa, 1842-1919": Ph.D. Dissertation
  • Review of Timothy Snyder_Black Earth: Holocaust as History and Warning: Blackler, Adam, Center for Austrian Studies, University of Minnesota, Austrian Studies Newsletter, 2016.
  • Review of Völkisch Writers and National Socialism: A Study of Rightwing Political Culture in Germany 1890-1960, Guy Tourlamain: Blackler, Adam, H-NET/GERMAN, 2015.
  • Review of Kaiser Wilhelm II, 1858-1941: a concise life, John C. G. Röhl: Blackler, Adam, H-NET/WAR, 2015.
  • Introductions for documents in the online collection German History in Documents and Images: Weimar Republic (1918/19-1933), Eric D. Weitz and Eric Roubinek, eds.: Blackler, Adam, Author. Link
  • Central European History Society Dissertation Research Fellowship, October 2012 - May 2013
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program Fellowship (GRPP), College of Liberal Arts, June 2011 - August 2011
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Graduate Scholarship, June 2010 - August 2010
  • Dorot Foundation Summer Fellowship, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, May 2008 - August 2008