Alexande Hugo Schulenburg

    I am a social anthropologist and historian with research interests in 
     

    • the British Overseas Territory of St Helena (incl. Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha), 
    • slavery, esp. on St Helena,
    • the East India Company,
    • the literature of the British Empire,
    • local and family history,
    • the City of London,
    • the lives and works of Marlowe and Shakespeare,
    • alchemy,
    • social theory (identity, power, and resistance).


    e-mail: ahs@historian.london

    twitter: @PonderousTomes

    please note that I am unable to answer specific queries about St Helena family history

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Alexander is a Senior Historical Research Officer at the City of London Corporation, carrying out research into its historical and legal documentation with an emphasis on the City's topographical history.  He is a Freeman of the City of London.

He was previously a Tutorial Fellow at the School of African and Asian Studies, University of Sussex, where he taught political anthropology and courses on social movements and socio-cultural theory (1996-98).  As a Research Assistant at the University of Gloucestershire he was involved with the St Helena Research Project (1998-99).

Alexander is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Anthropological Institute, and a Member of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the Commonwealth, the Friends of St Helena, and of Anti-Slavery International.

He has carried out fieldwork on St Helena and Tristan da Cunha (1993 to 1994), as well as on St Helena and Ascension Island (1998 to 1999, 2005 & 2015).

Alexander studied at the University of St Andrews (M.A. [Hons] 1989, Ph.D. 1999), where he was a student of Prof. Ladislav Holy, and at the University of Cambridge (M.Phil. 1991), where he was a student of Prof. Anthony Giddens. He was educated at the Melanchthon Gymnasium, Nürnberg, and at the United World College of the Atlantic, Wales (1983-85).  He also studied law at the Open University (LL.B. 2011).

Alexander maintains the The St Helena Institute web site, including the St Helena family history mailing list. He also administers the 'Sammlung Familie Geiershoefer/Schulenburg'.  From 2001 until 2010 he was editor of Wirebird: The Journal of the Friends of St Helena.

He is married to Darlene (née Timm), with whom he has two sons.
 
 

 
Publications etc:
 

Radio

'St Helena' on Making History, BBC Radio 4, 13 October 2009 (further details and available to listen here - starts at 22:00  minutes)
 

Books

Schulenburg, H. and Schulenburg, A.H. (1997) St Helena, South Atlantic Ocean (Allersberg: Jacob-Gilardi-Verlag)

Schulenburg, A.H. (in preparation) Transient Observations: St Helena, South Atlantic, Through Five Hundred Years of Colonial Discourse (London: Battlebridge)

Baker, P. and Schulenburg, A.H. (in preparation) The Island of St Helena, South Atlantic: History, Environment, and Language, for Visitors and Researchers (London: Battlebridge)
 

Books (as editor)

Hearl, Trevor W. (2013) St Helena Britannica: Studies in South Atlantic Island History (London: Society of Friends of St Helena)

"Editors of collected works do not always receive the credit that is their due, so I think it is worth putting on record the rigorous, yet sensitive way in which Alexander Schulenburg has edited this volume. Faced with a mass of very disparate material, he has made a careful selection of what to include, has verified the references, and has made some occasionally necessary updates and corrections, without ever appearing to intrude on Trevor’s very distinctive style. That this book reads so seamlessly is very largely due to him." (John Pinfold, former librarian of The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford)
 

Book Chapters

Schulenburg, A.H. (2002) ''They are as if a Family': Community and Informal Social Controls on St Helena', in Tony Charlton et al (eds), Broadcast Television Effects in a Remote Community (Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates), pp.21-42

Schulenburg, A.H. (2006) 'St Helena Historiography, Philately, and the "Castella" Controversy', in M.D. Mueller and P. McCann (eds), Thirty Years of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cuha Philately (Morgantown, MD: St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society), pp.137-143

Schulenburg, A.H. (2011) 'Shakespeare (part 1)' in Geoff Golson and Steven L. Danver (eds) Popular Controversies in World History (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO)
 

Journal Articles/Reviews

Schulenburg, A.H. (1998) 'St Helena: British Local History in the Context of Empire', The Local Historian, Vol.28, No.2, pp.108-122

Schulenburg, A.H. (1998) 'Note. Philip Gosse and the Discovery of St Helena', Notes and Queries, Vol.45, Issue 4, pp.476-78

Schulenburg, A.H. (2000) 'The Book vs. the Box: The Impact of Broadcast Television on Library Borrowing Levels on St Helena, South Atlantic', Rural Libraries, Vol.XX, No.1, pp.38-51

Schulenburg, A.H. (2003) '"Island of the Blessed": Eden, Arcadia and the Picturesque in the Textualizing of St Helena', Journal of Historical Geography, Vol.29, No.4, pp.535-53

Schulenburg, A.H. (2015) 'Book Review: Graeme Lay, James Cook's New World (2014)', The Globe: The Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Map Society, No.78, p.56-7

Schulenburg, A.H. (2016) 'Book Review: Peter Whitfield, Mapping Shakespeare's World (2015)', The Globe: The Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Map Society, No.80, p.91-2.
 

Works of Reference

Schulenburg, A.H. (2003) 'Max Weber' and 'Judaism', in Karen Christensen and David Levinson (eds), Encyclopedia of Community: Shared Places, Shared Meanings, from the Village to the Virtual World  (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage)

Schulenburg, A.H. (2003) 'London: Mid-16th Century to c.1800' and 'London: c.1800 to Present', in David Loades (ed), Reader's Guide to British History  (London:  Routledge)

Schulenburg, A.H. (2003) 'Richard Fardon', 'Milan Stuchlik' and 'Nicholas Thomas', in Vered Amit (ed), Biographical Dictionary of Anthropology (London: Routledge)

Schulenburg, A.H. (2003) 'London', in Jennifer Speake (ed), The Literature of Travel and Exploration: An Encyclopaedia  (London: Routledge)

Schulenburg, A.H. (2005) 'St Helena', in Thomas Leonard (ed), Encyclopedia of the Developing World  (London: Routledge)

Schulenburg, A.H. (2008) 'London', in Peter N. Stearns (ed), Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World (Oxford: Oxford University Press)

Schulenburg, A.H. (2010) 'Modern Slavery' in Alfred J. Andrea (ed) World History Encyclopedia (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO)

Schulenburg, A.H. (2012) 'British East India Company Governance' in Orlando Patterson and Geoffrey J. Golson (eds), Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa: An Encyclopedia (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage)

Schulenburg, A.H. (in print) 'Abolition of Slavery' in David Head (ed), Encyclopedia of The Atlantic World, 1400-1900 (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO)
 

Non-Refereed Publications

Schulenburg, A.H. (1997) 'Joćo da Nova and the Lost Carrack', Wirebird: The Journal of the Friends of St Helena, No.16, pp.19-23

Schulenburg, A.H. (1998) 'The Commission of Enquiry, 1981-3', St Helena News, Vol.13, No.16, p.5

Schulenburg, A.H. (1998) 'St. Helena and the World Wide Web', St Helena News, Vol.13, No.21, p.9

Schulenburg, A.H. (1999) 'St Helena Historiography, Philately, and the "Castella" Controversy', South Atlantic Chronicle: The Journal of the St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society, Vol.XXIII, No.3, pp.3-6

Schulenburg, A.H. (1999) 'Myths of Settlement: St Helena and the Great Fire of London', Wirebird: The Journal of the Friends of St Helena, No.19, pp.5-8

Schulenburg, A.H. (2001) 'Early Anti-Slavery Sentiments on St Helena', Wirebird: The Journal of the Friends of St Helena, No.23, pp.17-21

Schulenburg, A.H. (2002) 'The Discovery of St Helena: The Search Continues', Wirebird: The Journal of the Friends of St Helena, No.24, pp.13-19

Schulenburg, A.H. (2003) 'Aspects of the Lives of the "Liberated Africans" on St Helena', Wirebird: The Journal of the Friends of St Helena, No.26, pp.18-27

Schulenburg, A.H. (2003) 'The Parliamentarian and the Civil Servant: Two Views of St Helena in the 1950s', Wirebird: The Journal of the Friends of St Helena, No.27, pp.24-27

Schulenburg, A.H. (2004) 'Community, Dependency, Migration: Historical Observations on Contemporary St Helena Problems', Wirebird: The Journal of the Friends of St Helena, No.28, pp.16-20

Schulenburg, A.H. (2006) ''For Sale Under the Trees - Slaves':  Reclaiming an Icon of St Helena's Shameful Past', Wirebird: The Journal of the Friends of St Helena, No.32, pp.13-16

Schulenburg, A.H. (2006) 'A Brief History of Cinema on St Helena', Wirebird: The Journal of the Friends of St Helena, No.33, pp.6-10

Schulenburg, A.H. (2006) 'The St Helena Tea-Gardens, London', Wirebird: The Journal of the Friends of St Helena, No.33, pp.27-29

Schulenburg, A.H. (2008) 'Capt. Matthew Bazett (d.1719)', Wirebird: The Journal of the Friends of St Helena, No.37, pp.42-44

Schulenburg, A.H. (2009) 'Writing About St Helena: Purposes, Motives and Preparations', Wirebird: The Journal of the Friends of St Helena, No.38, pp.22 -26

misc. book reviews, editorials and notices in Wirebird: The Journal of the Friends of St Helena
 

Booklets

Schulenburg, A.H. (1994) A Documentary History of the Transfer of the Island of St. Helena from the Honourable East India Company to His Majesty's Government A.D. 1834 (St Helena: printed privately)

Schulenburg, A.H. (1997) Election Statistics: St Helena Advisory and Legislative Councils 1963-1993 (Stratford-upon-Avon: The St Helena Institute)
 

Reports

Schulenburg, A.H. (1999) The St Helena Heritage Society Museum Project: A Proposal for the Organisation of the Collection and its Co-ordination (report commissioned by the St Helena Heritage Society)
 

Letters

Schulenburg, A.H. (1997) 'Letter [Big trouble on small island]', The Guardian, 16.4.97

Schulenburg, A.H. (1997) 'Letter [Economic future of St Helena]', The Times, 18.4.97

Schulenburg, A.H. (1998) 'Letter [More on Joćo da Nova Castella]', South Atlantic Chronicle: The Journal of the St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society, Vol.XXII, No.3, p.16
 

Doctoral Thesis:

Transient Observations: The Textualizing of St Helena Through Five Hundred Years of Colonial Discourse  [abstract]  [the entire thesis is now available for download via the British Library]