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The fifth symposium in the Historical Judgment series, which will take place on Friday, 23 June 2023, will explore colonial and anti-colonial thinking in German history. What positions did Kant, Herder, and Hegel take on colonialism? What criticism was levelled at the German colonies in the colonial period? What critical engagement was there with colonialism under National Socialism? And what were the differences between anti-colonialism in East and West Germany before 1989?

These and other questions will be discussed by historians, philosophers, political scientists, and sociologists at the international interdisciplinary symposium “Colonial and Anti-Colonial Thinking from the Enlightenment to the 20th Century”. Speakers include Susan Buck-Morss (CUNY Graduate Center, New York), Christiane Bürger (Universität Erfurt), Andrea Esser (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena), Raphael Gross (Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum), Pascal Grosse (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin), Naita Hishoono (Namibia Institute for Democracy, Windhoek), Thomas Khurana (Universität Potsdam), Dagi Knellessen (Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum), Elísio Macamo (Universität Basel), Gwinyai Machona (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Willeke Sandler (Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore), David Simo (Université de Yaoundé I), George Steinmetz (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), Benedikt Stuchtey (Philipps-Universität Marburg), Lora Wildenthal (Rice University, Houston), and Chunjie Zhang (University of California, Davis).

Raphael Gross, president of the Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum, explains: “At this year’s symposium, from a variety of perspectives, we will address critiques of colonialism in Germany from the Enlightenment to the 20th century. We hope that this exchange of ideas will provide stimulating perspectives on the complex, ambivalent relationship between colonialism and anti-colonialism in German history and lead to a better understanding of contemporary debates about the colonial past.”

The symposium will be accompanied by the fifth issue of the magazine Historical Judgment, titled “Colonial and Anti-Colonial Thinking from the Enlightenment to the 20th Century” and scheduled for publication on 13 July 1923.

Friday, 23 June, 9 am to 7 pm
Colonial and Anti-Colonial Thinking
From the Enlightenment to the 20th Century
Fifth international symposium in the Historical Judgment series
Venue: Pei Building at the Deutsches Historisches Museum
Conference language: German and English with simultaneous interpreting
Free attendance

Registration at: https://www.dhm.de/en/historicaljudgement/registration/
Detailed program at: https://www.dhm.de/en/programme/conferences/colonial-and-anti-colonial-thinking-from-the-enlightenment-to-the-20th-century/
The symposium will be recorded and made available on the DHM’s YouTube channel.

For interview and filming requests, please contact the press office directly at presse@dhm.de or 030/20 304 410