Delphine Froment

Delphine Froment is a Ph.D. candidate at the École Normale Supérieure (Paris, France), and a Teaching Assistant at the University of Paris Nanterre (France). Her dissertation researches the history of exploration and colonization in East Africa in the 19th and early-20th centuries, with a focus on the Kilimanjaro area. In her current research, she studies the construction of the Western representations and imaginaries of Kilimanjaro, starting with the first settlement of European missionaries on the Swahili coast during the 1840s. Her work mostly relies on travel narratives, notebooks, sketches, maps, correspondences, and other material deriving from various European expeditions that went to Kilimanjaro in the 19th century, as well as British and German diplomatic and colonial sources. She intends to understand how a mountain that was simply presented as a plain triangle on a missionary sketch in 1845 became, in less than half a century, a symbol of the German imperial power, and an important spot for a dawning East African Grand Tour.


Before starting her Ph.D., Delphine earned a French-German M.A. in history from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France) and from the Karl-Ruprechts-Universität (Heidelberg, Germany).

Expeditions are essential in her current research, and she aims at digging deeper into this thematic. Some questions she would like to investigate revolve around the supposed boundaries between “expeditions” and “tourism”, especially in the context of mountaineering.