Dr Jelmer Vos
- Lecturer in Global History (History)
I am a historian of Africa with a special interest in the Atlantic slave trade, labour, and commodity history. After completing my PhD at the University of London (SOAS), I was a postdoctoral researcher at Emory University and the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Before coming to Glasgow, in 2018, I taught African history at Old Dominion University in Virginia. My work has long been concerned with the history of northern Angola, resulting in a book on the kingdom of Kongo, which examines an African people's experience with Christianity, global commerce and colonial labour. My current research focusses on coffee cultivation in Angola, combining insights from social, economic, and environmental history. Together with my colleague Professor Jonathan Morris (Hertfordshire) I am also building a research network called African Coffee Histories to bring together scholars and experts with an interest in past and current coffee cultivation in Africa.
- Atlantic slave trade
- African social and economic history
- Commodities and labour in the global south
Coffee and colonialism in Angola, 1820-1960
In this book project, I aim to explain how Angolan robusta coffee became a global commodity, how western demand for this product affected the lives of the Africans who produced it, and how local cultivation methods were related to landscapes.
- Scottish Funding Council GCRF small grant (2018/19), 'African Coffee Histories, African Coffee Futures', £61,113
- Radboud-Glasgow Collaboration Fund (2020/21), 'Slavery, Forced Migration and Family History: Towards a Durable Partnership in Research and Teaching', £10,852
- Radboud-Glasgow Collaboration Fund (2019/20), ‘Life After Slavery: Setting the Research Agenda of Slave Histories in the Global Era, 1750-1900’, £7,680
- Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2019/20), 'Coffee and Colonialism in Angola', £48,081
- Scottish Funding Council GCRF small grant (2018/19), 'African Coffee Histories', £29,500
- Summer Research Grant, College of Arts and Letters, Old Dominion University (2015), $5,000
- Research Fellowship at the National Library of Portugal (2015), €2,000
- IGK “Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History” fellowship, Humboldt University (2012/13), €70,000
- Summer Research Grant, Old Dominion University (2011), $6,000
- Postdoctoral Grant, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (2008-09), €36,000
I am pleased to supervise all research projects broadly related to my expertise in the history of Africa and the Atlantic world.
Ayodele Ige, 'Medical pluralism and epistemic contestation among African healers and colonial doctors of south-western Nigeria'
Thajilah Olaiya, 'African lineage in the Danish West Indies: the Amina people' (second supervisor)
Christopher Blyth, 'The heterogeneity behind the homogeneous nation: how 'Greek' was the Greek War of Independence (1821-32)?' (second supervisor)
- Blyth, Christopher
The heterogeneity behind the homogeneous 'nation': how 'Greek' was the 'Greek War of Independence 1821-32'? An Examination of the cosmopolitan influences upon the movement for Greek independence between 1814 and 1821.
- Olaiya, Thajilah Asia Ali
African Lineage in the Danish West Indies: Amina People
José Nilo Bezerra Diniz, ‘Os mapas que fizeram Angola: desenhos e desígnios na produção cartográfica do sul de Angola (1785-1886)’, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, 2018
The Atlantic slave trade, abolition and its aftermath in Africa, 1780-1910
Coffee, coke and chocolate: global ramifications of modern consumer cultures
Commodity histories in the Global South, 1500-2000
Slavery and forced migration (convenor)
Global history through local archives (convenor)