About

My name is Garrett E Eriksen. I am a historian, lecturer, conservationist, photographer, film maker, cook, writer, kaiju hunter, heavy metal enthusiast, geek and your host to all things historical! (Also, I clearly have way too many interests!)

I am a PhD History candidate based at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. I mostly work with war veterans on their war-time experiences and also do work on lesser known wars and battles as I feel they also need exposure and study… (not every war was World War II – I’m looking at you History Channel.) You can learn more about my studies here.

My interests range from African History & Politics, to Military History, Cold War Studies, Geopolitics, Environmental/Conservation History, Film Studies, Popular Culture and tons more! I explore these topics and more on my podcast here.

I want this blog to be a space where I can have fun and share interesting thoughts, but also write more detailed articles than what my Podcasts or Facebook posts allow for, and where I can deal with more difficult subjects in a more complex manner. You can see some of my films and publications here and conferences and talks here.

I hope to share some of my passion and findings with you and to tell stories long into the night, and I’m looking forward to hearing your stories in return.

Feel free to follow me at: https://www.facebook.com/CitizenHistorian/

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Me pointing at a thing…

Notable Recent Achievements

2018 – Bursary recipient for pre-doctoral studies from The Ernst & Ethel Eriksen Trust

2017 – Speaker and Presenter at Congolese Civil Society “Nuclear Weapons and Uranium Security” Conference

2016 – Speaker and Presenter at University of the Witswatersrand “The Politics of Armed Struggle in southern Africa” History Workshop and Conference

Project Leader for installation of The Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST) “All From One” Exhibit at the Iziko South African Museum

2015 – Assisted in post-production material research, community engagement and academic support for feature film My Father’s War, directed by Craig Gardner; Lion Mountain Films (2016)

2012 – Created first ever video documentary dissertation with written component as part of a pilot course to determine if multimedia dissertations are feasible at Masters level at University of Edinburgh Centre for African Studies (CAS). Pilot was a success and future students now have this option available for their dissertations.

Successfully held, ran and managed marketing for University of Edinburgh CAS African Forum Pan-African Conference of 5 May 2012

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