Freiburger Afrikagespräche

7. November 2019 - 20:00


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


11th November 2019, 8 p.m. c.t.: Prof. Dr. André du Pisani, University of Namibia, and Prof. Dr. Reinhart Kößler, Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut: Namibia and Germany: Problematic heritage and current challenges, HS 1199, KG I, Lecture language: English



German colonial rule in Namibia (1884–1915) remains a decisive experience for both countries. Current efforts by both governments are controversial particularly in Namibia. An adequate recognition of the genocide against Ovaherero and Nama, which will have to entail material compensation, will not constitute the final achievement of reconciliation, but at best its point of departure. At the same time, the issues of involvement of affected communities in Namibia persists. For Germans it is essential to come to an understanding that they as well live in a postcolonial situation. The colonial past, which is often forgotten, has left deep marks on the violent history of the twentieth century with which we still have to grapple.


Prof. Dr. André du Pisani, Politikwissenschaftler, Universität von Namibia

Prof. Dr. Reinhart Kößler, Entwicklungssoziologe und -theoretiker mit den regionalen Schwerpunkten Südliches Afrika und Osteuropa

Prof. Dr. Andreas Mehler, Politikwissenschaftler, Direktor Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut


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

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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