ANN: Conference “Confronting the colonial past! ‚Askari‘, Lettow-Vorbeck and Hamburg’s entangled (post-)colonial legacies“, University of Hamburg, 28/2/2018 – 2/3/2018

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Wednesday 28/2/2018

12:00 – 13:30 Registration

13:30 – 14:00 Opening of Conference

  • Welcoming Remarks: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zimmerer (University of Hamburg)

14:00 – 16:00 Panel I: Contributions

  • Kim Sebastian Todzi (University of Hamburg): “From Free Trade to Imperialism: Hamburg merchants and the German Colonial Empire”
  • Dr. Caroline Herfert (University of Hamburg): “Performing Colonialism: Stagings of the Other in Hamburg’s theatre and entertainment”
  • Dr. Florian Wagner (University of Erfurt): “Hamburg: Port History as Colonial History”

16:30 – 18:30 Panel II: Creating “Heroes”

  • Dr. Michael Pesek (University of Hamburg): “Glorifying colonial ‘Heroes’. From Wissmann to Lettow Vorbeck”
  • Dr. Ulf Morgenstern (Otto-von-Bismarck-Stiftung, Friedrichsruh): “Reassessing Bismarck. Towards a postcolonial reading”
  • Reginald Kirey (Dar es salaam / University of Hamburg): “The Imperial Race for Colonial Commemorations in Tanganyika: 1920s-1940s”

19:00 – 20:30 Keynote: Prof. Oswald Masebo (University of Dar es salaam): “Entangled Histories: Dar es salaam – Hamburg”



Thursday 1/3/2018

09:45 – 11:00 Panel III: Artistic Interventions

  • Nicola Brandt (Windhoek / London)
  • Vitjitua Ndjiharine (Windhoek)

11:30 – 13:30 Panel IV: Institutionalizing Memories

  • Flower Manase Msuya (National Museum of Dar es salaam): “Representation of German Colonialism in East Africa at the National Museum in Tanzania”
  • Prof. Dr. Philipp Osten (Medizinhistorisches Museum Hamburg): “Human Remains. From Discovery to Restitution”
  • Dr. Diana Natermann (Universiteit Leiden): “Hamburg and its Role in Visualising Africa: A Perturbed Legacy”

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 16:30 Panel V: Confrontations

  • Dr. Denise Toussaint (University of Johannesburg): “Falling statues, rising debates. South African discourse on decolonisation three years after #Rhodesmustfall”
  • Tom Gläser, Jonas Prinzleve, Meryem Choukri (Hamburg): “Quo vadis Hamburg: Dealing with Genocide and Colonial Amnesia in a local context” (title tbc)
  • Tania Mancheno (University of Hamburg): “Speicherstadt (World Heritage Ware House Complex) and Hafencity. Confronting (post-)colonial Memory” (title tbc)

Public Part

18:00 – 19:30 Keynote: Prof. Michelle Moyd (Indiana University Bloomington): “Askari: Reality and Myth” (title tbc)

20:00 – 21:30 Public Panel: Podiumsdiskussion: “Aufarbeitung des (post-)kolonialen Erbes in Hamburg” (“Dealing with Hamburgs (post-)colonial legacy”)

  • Tobias Bergmann (Handelskammer)
  • Börries von Notz (Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg)
  • Millicent Adjei (Arbeitskreis Hamburg postkolonial)
  • Amelie Deuflhard (Kampnagel)
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckert (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) (tbc)
  • Hamed Abbaspur (Eine Welt Netzwerk Hamburg e.V.)
  • Dr. Reinhard Behrens (Beirat „Geschichtsgarten Deutschland-Tansania“)
  • Moderation: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zimmerer (Forschungsstelle „Hamburgs (post-)koloniales Erbe / Hamburg und die frühe Globalisierung“)


Friday 2/3/2018

8:30 – 11:30 Excursion to the “Tansania Park” (Hamburg Jenfeld)

11:30 – 13:00 Final Discussion



We ask you to register by 15 February. There will be no conference fee charged, but no travel or accommodation costs can be reimbursed.

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  2. Institution
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