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AfricAvenir Dialogue Forum

In our Dialogue Forum we regularly invite African, Diaspora and progressive white scholars, artists and activists to present their perspectives and discuss them with the public. Our aim is to counter the still very much dominant white ownership of expert knowledge about Africa in Germany and present African views and discourses on a wide range of topics.

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Past Dialogue Forum Series

Belinda Kazeem
AfricAvenir Berlin Dialogue Forum - Belinda Kazeem

2013/2014: Decolonial Objections Against the Humboldt Forum

The so-called “Humboldt-Forum”, the centerpiece of the reconstructed Berlin Palace, will host the ethnological collections from Africa, Asia and the Americas. But what kind of symbolism is being created when the ethnological collections, which to a considerable extent are the result of looting during colonial times, are shown behind a Prussian façade, Prussia being the architect of German colonialism?  In order to raise this question and to stimulate a public debate about German colonialism, AfricAvenir hosted Dialogue Forums which took a critical and decidedly decolonial look at recent developments. The project “Berlin Palace – Humboldt Forum” was questioned in content and form from African and Afro-European perspectives.

Prof. Judi W. Wakhungu
AfricAvenir Dialogue Forum - Paradoxes of Sustainability - Prof. Judi W. Wakhungu

2012-2013: Paradoxes of Sustainability - How Socially Responsible are Green Technologies?

Shaken by the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, the conservative-liberal German Federal Government in March 2011 decided to take gradual steps to withdraw from nuclear energy by 2022. Based on the so-called nuclear agreement and the resulting “Energetic Turn” (Energiewende) introduced in Germany, we asked ourselves, “How socially responsible are green technologies?” and what exactly does their international raise mean for African countries and societies? African experts were invited to give share their experience on these issues and based on their inputs, policy recommendations were formulated.

Ibrahima Thioub, © J. Peter (Zenobi)
AfricAvenir Dialogue Forum - 50 Years of African In-Dependences - Prof. Ibrahima Thioub

2010: Dialogue Forum on „50 Years of African In-Dependences - A (self)critical Review“

In the framework of our 2010 project „50 Years of African In-Dependencies - A (self)critical Review“ AfricAvenir, in cooperation with August-Bebel-Institute organised six dialogue forums with African academics and activists which brought African perspectives into the discussions on colonialism and anti-colonial movements of independence. The dialogue forums were accompanied by weekend-workshops in the framework of which it was possible to focus in-depth on the issues that had come up during the previous dialogue forums.

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Seit Jahrzehnten fördert Shell im Nigerdelta Erdöl - mit katastrophalen Folgen für die Menschen und die Umwelt: das Trinkwasser ist durch... |+| read article

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AfricAvenir invites you in cooperation with artefakte//Anti-Humboldt and the August-Bebel-Institut on Monday, 23th June, 7pm to a... |+| read article

Reading by Firoze Manji: Tribute to...

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On Monday, 12 May 2014 at 18h00 (!), AfricAvenir invites you to August Bebel Institute (Gallery) for an exceptional reading... |+| read article

Postponed! Dialogue forum with Patras...

As part of the series of events on 'Decolonial Objections to the Humboldt Forum' AfricAvenir would like to invite you on... |+| read article

Dialogue forum with Peggy Piesche: „The...

On Friday, 6 December 2013 at 7 pm AfricAvenir invites you in the course of the event series ‚decolonial objections... |+| read article

Dialogforum mit Belinda Kazeem,...

Am Samstag, den 16. November 2013 um 19 Uhr lädt AfricAvenir im Rahmen der Veranstaltungsreihe 'Dekoloniale Einwände zum... |+| read article

Zum 40. Todestag von Amilcar Cabral:...

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Anlässlich der Herausgabe seines neuen Buchs „Firoze Manji & Bill Fletcher Jr (Hrsg.), Claim no Easy Victories - The Legacy of... |+| read article

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