David Drengk

David Drengk is an Africanist with a focus on African history and (global) history of technology and works as a research associate at the Chair of History of Technology and Economy at the Technical University of Dresden. Until January 2023, he was part of the interdisciplinary, ERC-funded research group "A Global History of Technology, 1850-2000". (Global-HOT) at the Technical University in Darmstadt. His completed dissertation project is entitled "People, Materiality, and Nature in Everyday Life: The Technological Landscape of the Rainforest in Côte d'Ivoire, 1890-1930".

David Drengk received his B.A. in Regional Studies Asia/Africa and Agricultural Sciences at the Humboldt University of Berlin and his M.A. in African Studies (research) at Leiden University/African Studies Centre Leiden (ASC). Previous research projects have led Mr. Drengk to Southern Malawi (‘Social order and hierarchy in Che Mboma and Likotima village, Southern Malawi’) and the Wild Coast in South Africa (‘Pushing Social Boundaries: Social history of Surfing and People between 1960 and 1990 at South Africa’s Wild Coast’) where he conducted fieldwork in several local villages on historic social structures and social interactions.

His latest publication is entitled “Maintenance and Repair as the Backbone of Colonial Railways. Centralized and Mobile Workshops and Infirmaries in the Ivorian Forest“, Technikgeschichte 89:2 (2022): pp. 149-180.