About this Blog

Named after a Weimar-era play by Bertolt Brecht, In the Jungle of Cities is a home for the odds and ends of writing, ideas, photographs and other ephemera that I create and collect. Most of what’s here relates in some way or another to urban history and urban culture, and especially that which is associated with European cities in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.

I hold a PhD in History of Art from the University of Glasgow. My thesis explored the art and architecture of Berlin’s working-class districts during the Weimar Republic, and was supported by a DAAD one-year scholarship.

I work at the British Library in London, where I currently project manage digital content. Over the past five years I’ve written a lot of stuff for the Qatar Digital Library about the British Empire in Arabia and the Middle East. I’ve also written a clutch of short pieces for the British Library’s Untold Lives blog. Previous roles have included working as a Curatorial Consultant for the Msheireb Museums in Doha, Qatar, and as Digitisation Coordinator at the Royal Academy Of Music.

Recently published works include ‘Gustav Wunderwald’s Paintings of Weimar Berlin’, published in Public Domain Review in June 2017, and ‘Oil Maps of the Middle East’ published on the British Library website in February 2017.

Mark Hobbs, May 2018.