Freiburger Afrikagespräche

10. December 2019 - 20:15


The following events will take place as part of the series in winter term 2019/20:


10th December 2019, 8 p.m. c.t.: Professor Roger Southall (Department of Sociology, Wits University Johannesburg, South Africa / Editor of "Elections 2019" and "The New Black Middle Class in South Africa") und Professor Joseph Diescho (Visiting Professor at the Institute of International Humanitarian Law, University of Bonn / Former Chairman of the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) and Speechwriter of Nelson Mandela): "Southern Africa and the Election Year 2019 – A further step towards deepening democracy or a missed opportunity?" HS 1099, KG I

In 2019, course-charting elections were held in Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique). If the predictions for the outcome of the elections in Namibia are confirmed on November 27, we might find that in all of these countries the incumbent presidents or governments will be re-elected. Is this to be understood as a step towards further democratization or should it be seen as a missed opportunity to abandon old path dependencies? In South Africa, the ANC won another, though this time unconvincing, electoral victory. President Ramaphosa´s “New Dawn” pledges of economic growth and anti-corruption have so far not been implemented with the desired effectiveness, not least due to intra-party disputes within the ANC. The same applies to debates focussed on expropriation without compensation, dysfunctional state-owned companies and social unrest. Recent developments in the largest opposition party, the DA, raise new questions about the role of opposition parties and coalition building in a dominant-(one)-party state. The neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique are affected by the developments in South Africa, economically but also politically. Politically the, until now, non-stop-ruling former liberation movements shuffle between economic and democratic reforms on the one hand, to ruthlessly fortifying their power on the other. These topics, with particular reference to developments in South Africa and Namibia, will be discussed with our two panellists.


12thDecember 2019, 8 p.m. c.t.: Prof. Dr. Susanne Kuss, PH Freiburg: Die großen deutschen Kolonialkriege, HS 1199, KG I


22th January 2020, 6:30 p.m.: Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy, TU Berlin: Zurück in die Zukunft. Die Restitution afrikanischer Kulturgüter aus historischer Sicht. Haus zu Lieben Hand, Löwenstraße 16


The following lectures have taken place so far within the framework of the series:

  • Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul (former Federal Minister): Europa und Afrika: Ein Friedensprojekt auf Grundlage gemeinsamer Interessen und Werte, 6th June 2019, recording of the lecture
  • Prof. Dr. Abena D. Oduro (MIASA, University of Gahna: The gender gap in asset ownership in Ghana, 2th July 2019, recording of the lecture
  • Prof. Dr. André du Pisani, University of Namibia, und Prof. Dr. Reinhart Kößler, Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut: Namibia and Germany: Problematic heritage and current challenges, 11th November 2019

The events take place in cooperation with the Colloquium politicum of the University of Freiburg.

The FREIBURGER AFRIKAGESPRÄCHE as a lecture forum of the to establish Africa Centre for Transregional Research at the University of Freiburg aims to present a differentiated picture of African reality to the general public, the city society of Freiburg and beyond. African and European experts from politics and business as well as science and society will be invited to selected topics and questions in order to present their findings to the public in various dialogue formats and to make controversial offers for discussion.

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