Dr. Maria Framke


Forschungsprojekt: South Asian Humanitarianism in Armed Conflicts, 1899 - 1945


since 11/2020
Central Editorial Department of H-Soz-Kult, Berlin
2015 - 2019
Lecturer at the Chair for European and Contemporary History at the University of Rostock
2013 - 2015
Post-doc at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich with the research project ‘South Asian Humanitarianism in armed conflicts, 1899–1949’
2011 - 2012
Research fellow at the Collaborative Research Centre ‘Changing Representations of Social Order (SFB 640)’, Humboldt University Berlin
2010 - 2011
Coordination of the DAAD project ‘A New Passage to India’ at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies at the University of Göttingen
2007 - 2008
Coordination of the master program ‘Modern Global History’, jointly introduced by Jacobs University Bremen and University Bremen


Ph.D, Jacobs University Bremen, thesis: ‘Perception and Impact of Fascism and National Socialism in India, 1922–1939’
M. A. in History and History and Society in South Asia, Humboldt University Berlin, Free University Berlin and SOAS London
B. A. in Business Administration, Berufsakademie Berlin



2013: Delhi–Rom–Berlin: Die indische Wahrnehmung von Faschismus und Nationalsozialismus, 1922–1939, Darmstadt: WBG.

Edited Volumes and Journal Issues

2021, in preparation: The Routledge Handbook of the History of Colonialism in South Asia, edited together with Harald Fischer-Tiné, therein: ‘Indian humanitarianism under colonial rule: Imperial loyalty, national self-assertion and anticolonial resistance’.

2017: South Asia Chronicle, 7, Special issue ‘Revisiting Partition seventy years later: Of layered echoes, voices and memories’, edited together with Anandita Bajpai.

2015: WerkstattGeschichte, 68, thematic issue ‘Humanitarismus’, edited together with mit Joel Glasman.

2014: Indologie und Südasienstudien in Berlin: Geschichte und Positionsbestimmung, edited together with Hannelore Lötzke and Ingo Strauch, Berlin: trafo-Verlag, therein: ‘Die Rolle der Berliner Indologie und Indienkunde im „Dritten Reich“’, pp. 89–128.

Journal Articles

2017: ‘‘We must send a gift worthy of India and the Congress!’ War and political humanitarianism in late colonial South Asia’, Modern Asian Studies, 51 (6), pp. 1969–1998.

2016: ‘Political Humanitarianism in the 1930s: Indian Aid for Republican Spain’, European Review of History, 23 (1–2), pp. 63–81.

2016: ‘Shopping ideologies for independent India? Taraknath Das’s engagement with Italian Fascism and German National Socialism’, Itinerario, 40 (1), pp. 55–81.

2011: ‘Vorbild oder Feindbild? Die Wahrnehmung Japans in Indien von 1915–1920’, Bochumer Jahrbuch zur Ostasienforschung, 34, pp. 103–120.

2010: ‘Umstrittene Geschichte: (Anti-)Faschismus und (Anti-)Kolonialismus in Indien’, together with Jana Tschurenev, Prokla, 158 (1), pp. 67–83.

Book Chapters

2020: ‘The politics of gender and community: non-governmental relief in late colonial and early postcolonial India’, in: Esther Möller, Johannes Paulmann, and Katharina Stornig (eds): Gendering Humanitarianism: Politics, practice, and empowerment during the twentieth century, London: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 143–166.

2017: ‘India’s freedom and the League of Nations: public debates 1919–1933’, in: Matthias Zachmann (ed.): Asia after Versailles: Asian Perspectives on the Paris Peace Conference and the Post-War World, 1919–1933, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 124–143.

2014: ‘International events, national policy: The 1930s in India as formative period for Non-alignment’, in: Natasa Miskovic, Harald Fischer-Tiné and Nada Boskovska, (eds): Non-Aligned Movement and the Cold War, London: Routledge, pp. 37–56.

2013: ‘Internationalizing the Indian War on Opium: Colonial policy, the nationalist movement and the League of Nations’, Harald Fischer-Tiné and  Jana Tschurenev (eds): A History of Alcohol and Drugs in Modern South Asia: Intoxicating Affairs, London: Routledge, pp. 155–171.

2013: ‘Fascist Italy: Ideal Template for India’s Economic Development’, in: Hagen Schulz-Forberg, (ed.): Zero Hours: Conceptual Insecurities and New Beginnings in the Interwar Period, Brüssel: P.I.E. Peter Lang, pp. 77–96.

2012: ‘Anti-Koloniale Solidarität? Der Abessinienkrieg, Indien und der Völkerbund’, in: Sönke Kunkel and Christoph Meyer (eds): Aufbruch ins postkoloniale Zeitalter: Globalisierung und die außereuropäische Welt in den 1920er und 1930er Jahren, Frankfurt am Main/New York: Campus, pp. 190–207.

Online Publications

2019: ‘From local philanthropy to political humanitarianism: South Asian and Egyptian humanitarian aid during the period of decolonization’, together with Esther Möller, ZMO Working Papers, 22,

2018: ‘Indien als Zufluchtsort für jüdische NS-Flüchtlinge: Flucht, Antikolonialismus, und humanitäre Solidarität in der Zwischenkriegszeit’, Interdisziplinäre Zeitschrift für Südasienforschung, 3, pp. 92–104.

2014: ‘encyclopaedic entry: Annie Besant’, 1914–1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War,

2013: ‘review article: Encounters with Fascism and National Socialism in non-European Regions’, in: South Asia Chronicle, 2, pp. 350–374,

Other Publications

2011: translation: Priyadarsan: ‘Anonyme Großstadt’, from Hindi, together with Anja Kathrin Krause, in: Hannelore Lötzke (ed.): Hindi-Großstadtgeschichten, Hamburg: Buske, pp. 43–53.  

Invited Lectures and Presentations (selection)

2020: presentation ‘Producing ‘useful knowledge’ as means of subsistence: Devendranath Bannerjea’s work during the National Socialist regime’, workshop ‘Knowledge of India in Nazi Germany’, Frankfurt am Main, 31.01.2020.

2018: keynote ‘‘We fight for the liberation of humanity’: Exploring the entangled web of Indian Anti-colonialism, (humanitarian) internationalism and Pan-Asian solidarity in the 1930s and 1940s’, Workshop ‘Trans-imperial cooperation and transfers in the age of colonial globalization: Towards a triangular history of colonialism?’, Erfurt, 22.–24.03.2018.

2018: presentation ‘India a safe haven for Jewish refugees?’, conference ‘In global transit: Jewish migrants from Hitler’s Europe in Asia, Africa, and beyond’, Kolkata, 14.–16.02.2018.

2016: talk ‘Humanitarian relief by non-state organizations during the Partition, 1947–1949’, conference ‘Forced to Flee: A multi-disciplinary conference on internal displacement, migration, and refugee crises’, SOAS London, 07.–08.11.2016.

2016: presentation ‘‘India cannot stand aloof!’: Exploring the entangled web of Indian anti-fascism, anti-colonialism and humanitarian solidarity in the interwar period’, European Social Science History Conference, Valencia, 30.03.–02.04.2016.

2015: presentation ‘From imperial to political humanitarianism: Indian nationalist aid initiatives, 1914–45’, Symposium ‘Connecting with the Past – the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement in Critical Historical Perspective’, Geneva, 16.–17.09.2015.


HSOZ-KULT ( review editor (since 2017) and member of the steering committee (2020)

IZSAF – Interdisciplinary Journal of South Asia Research, editor (since 2015)

Co-founder of Y-SASM (Young South Asia Scholars Meet), Berlin, 2010

Member of the European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH)

Member of the European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS)

Member of the Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands (VdH)

Scholarships and Awards

Best Teaching Award, University of Rostock
2008 - 2010
Scholarship for ‘Global History‘ of the Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft Darmstadt
2009 - 2010
Research Scholarship at the German Historical Institute Rome (4 months)
Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in India (3 months)
Research Scholarship at the German Historical Institute London (2 months)