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Daniel Speich Chassé

Daniel Speich Chassé is Assistant Professor for Modern History at the University of Lucerne.

He was born in Kibuye, Rwanda, and grew up in Switzerland and in Kenya. He studied history, philosophy and ethnology at the University of Zurich. From 1997 onwards he worked at the Institute of History at ETH Zurich. He spent 2007 as a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. In the academic year 2008/09 he was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IEA) in Nantes and a visiting professor at the University of Nantes, France. Since 2012 he is lecturer with habilitation at the University of Zurich and since 2015 he is lecturer at the Department for Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich. His research interests are in global history, the history of knowledge, environmental history, economic history, Swiss history and modern African history. He has published widely in all these fields. His latest monograph is “Die Erfindung des Bruttosozialprodukts” (Kritische Studien zur Geschichtswissenschaft Bd. 212, Göttingen 2013), which reconstructs the global politics of economic knowledge in the age of imperial decline. The main argument of this book is summarized in the paper “The use of global abstractions“ that appeared in the Journal of Global History Vol. 6, Iss. 1, pp. 7-28 in 2011.