Dr Vincent Hiribarren
Lecturer in Modern African History
Tel +44 (0)20 7848 7878
S8.24, Strand Building
Department of History
King's College London
London, WC2R 2LS
Research interests and PhD supervision
I trained as a History and Geography teacher and taught in France, China, Guinea and England. From 2008 to 2012, I undertook a PhD on the history of Borno, Nigeria at the University of Leeds. The exact title of my thesis was: “From a kingdom to a Nigerian state: the territory and boundaries of Borno 1810-2010”. From January to June 2013, I was a Leverhulme Teaching fellow at the University of Leeds where I taught in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.
- African History
- Digital Humanities
- World History
I am also profoundly interested in cartography not only the studying of maps but also their creation. You can have a look at my website
to see some of the Digital Humanities projects I am currently working on.
Teaching Book co-editor
: Intelligence in Colonial Context, Presses Universitaires Paris Sorbonne, 2015. Book chapter: “The War against the UPC in British Cameroons” Book
: A History of Borno: Trans-Saharan Empire to Failing Nigerian State (London: Hurst, 2015) Encyclopaedia entry
: “Kanem-Borno Empire”, The Encyclopedia of Empire, ed. by John MacKenzie, Wiley-Blackwell, 2015 Article
: “A European and African Joint-Venture: The Production of Colonial Knowledge in Borno, Nigeria (1902-1960)”, History in Africa, 40 (2013), 77-98 Digital Humanities publications
: The French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe Database Visualisations
and The French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe Database Maps
in collaboration with Simon Burrows Journal co-editor
: Special issue of Cartes et Géomatique, journal of the Comité français de Cartographie: “Mapping Africa from the ninth to the nineteenth century”, 210 (2011)
For a complete list of publications, please see Vincent's full research profile
Expertise and Public Engagement
I am specialised in African History and have already taught survey modules on the history of Africa since 1700, on the history of colonial Algeria or on world history in general. I have also analysed in depth with my students books such as Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom or Roger Chartier’s, The Cultural Origins of the French Revolution. I am currently the module conveyor for a module called 'Worlds of the British Empire'.
My research deals with Borno, a territory mainly known in the media as the cradle of a terrorist Islamist group, Boko Haram. I have travelled to this region located on the north-eastern corner of Nigeria and my last monograph analyses the last two hundred years of history of this region.
I also work on various Digital Humanities projects which are published on my website in order to engage with a wider audience. For example, I am currently working with Dr Nicholas Grant to develop a crowd-sourced project that maps key travels and events in the development of the global anti-apartheid movement in the world from 1948 to 1994.
In 2014, I also co-founded a blog called Africa4 for the French newspaper Libération. With more than 100,000 unique visitors in less than six months, our blog has reached a wide audience in France but also in many French-speaking countries in Africa.