Racism & Colonialism
Saturday, 21st May emphasises Racism and (Post-/ Neo-)Colonialism, presented in 4 different lectures, 2 films and a panel discussion starting at 6 pm.
From 9.30 pm it’s getting loud: Just nodding your head to the music won’t be enough. We want you to completely give yourself to a wild dancing performance, inspiring generations of refugees.
We are looking forward to a wide range of topics, lectures, speakers and, of course, a profoundly interested and actively participating audience!
12.00 noon / lecture hall 3 (Philosophicum, University of Passau) / lecture
German Colonial History – German Responsibility?
Which city was the so-called ‘Kongo Conference‘ of 1884/1885 held in? Who committed the first genocide of the 20th century, claiming more than 75,000 victims? And why was the “Hererostraße“ in Munich still called “Von-Trotha-Straße“ until 2007? You have no answer to all these questions? Well, then you shouldn’t miss this lecture!
The lecture focuses on individual parts of German colonial history and will be critically discussing its continued effect to the present-day.
12.00 noon / lecture hall 4 (Philosophicum, University of Passau)
Hamado Dipama / Munich
“Institutional and Everyday Racism: Using the Example of Racism in Night Life“
“The defendant is sentenced to refrain from denying the plaintiff access to the night club (…) based on his (…) ethnic background.“
The plaintiff in question is Hamado Dipama, who was born in Burkina Faso and fled to Munich. He proved what is often assumed, but rarely dealt with juridically. In 2013 he sued six night clubs in Munich after he had proved evidence that the respective clubs were carrying out racist entry policies. People were denied access because of their outward appearance. In this lecture, Hamado Dipama will talk about his experiences with racism he is daily confronted with in Germany.
2.00 pm / lecture hall 3 (Philosophicum, University of Passau) / lecture
Abdoulaye Ouattara / Munich
Thomas Sankara: The Visionary and the Liberator
When talking about Thomas Sankara, one can only talk in conditional phrases. What would have happened if he had survived? Would Burkina Faso, West Africa or even Africa be places of wealth and democracy, liberated from neocolonialism? Without a doubt, one can affirmatively answer the latter question.
In his short time that he spent in office (1984 – 1987), Thomas Sankara initiated a number of substantial reforms that gave hope to most Burkinabe and even all African citizens to finally pave the way for liberation, independence and both self-development and self-determination, integrity and to have found prosperity. Despite of his assassination on October 15, 1987 his legacy is still present in the political life of Burkina Faso. His successor, Blaise Campaoré, who tried everything he could to eradicate the remembrance of Thomas Sankara, was forced to abdicate himself due to national uprising on October 31st, 2014. The people, and especially the young, who had born the spirit and ideology of Sankara in their hearts and still bear, desired a change. In retrospect, one can say that Compaoré’s end of power was predicted by Sankara. He is even liked by youngsters who were born after Sankara’s time in office and who strongly identify with him, too. His legacy remains very much alive. Politicians are inspired by his ideas up to this day. Unfortunately, it seems his assassination brought an abrupt end to the dream of the ideal state of Burkina Faso for good.
Abdoulaye Ouattara will be speaking about Thomas Sankara’s life, his political, economic and social reforms and their influence on the political life of modern-day Burkina Faso.
In 2012 Abdoulaye Ouattara graduated from the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, being awarded the degree in Germanic Studies. While he was working on his thesis, he ceased the opportunity to do a part of his research at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany in 2011 and 2012. On behalf of the German Federal Language Office, he taught Burkinabe soldiers for one year after his graduation. Those were soldiers that received military training in Germany. He also graduated with a Masters Degree from the LMU in Munich, Germany. He now works for the bfz (training centre) in Munich as seminar lecturer and is currently planning his doctorate with Prof. Dr. Jörg Roche at the LMU.
2.00 pm / lecture hall 4 (Philosophicum, University of Passau) / lecture
Katharina Oguntoye / Berlin
“Black Survivors of the Holocaust“ (1997)
How was life for Afro-Germans during the 1930s in Nazi Germany? The BBC documentary by David Okuefuna and Moise Shewa is dedicated to this very question. We are more than happy to welcome the Berlin-based historian Katharina Oguntoye who will be giving an introduction before the film and also a debrief after the screening.
4.00 pm / lecture hall 3 (Philosophicum, University of Passau) / lecture
Alia Sembol and Özge Pinar Sarp / NSU-watch / Munich, Berlin
NSU: Committed Crimes, Victims, Investigation – What Did Actually Happen?
NSU-watch is an independent monitoring organisation with a nation-wide network in Germany. It was founded to follow, observe and report in two languages about the NSU trial in Munich in detail. Meticulous research is carried out, making backgrounds and facts public.
Özge Pinar Sarp and Alia Sembol from NSU-watch demonstrate how the NSU terrorism was able to prevail undiscovered for so long and how Nazi structures benefit from institutional racism within the society and security authorities.
4.00 pm / lecture hall 4 (Philosophicum, University of Passau) / film screening & director talk
Hauke Lorenz / Digital and video journalist, ethnologist and specialist in Latin American Studies / Hamburg
Migration in Central America: Film “Viacrucius Migrante“ with director talk
“I am no criminal, I am a person searching for a future because I want to give my children the best.“ – Alberto from Honduras
Hauke Lorenz, documentary filmmaker and specialist in Latin American Studies, is going to show excerpts taken from his film “Viacrucius Migrante“. The film portraits men, women and children who are leaving their homes fleeing north due to existentially threatening situations in their home countries Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. On their way, they do meet people who are willing to help them to overcome the ordeal of a minimum of 1.700 km (1,056 mi) leading to the United States.
Hauke Lorenz will be available for a director talk after the screening of the film scenes and answer questions from the audience.
6.00 pm / lecture hall 1 (Philosophicum, University of Passau) / panel discussion
Tahrir Della / Initiative Schwarzer Menschen in Deutschland / Berlin
Golschan Ahmad Haschemi / “ju:an“ – Praxisstelle antisemitismus- und rassismuskritische Jugendarbeit / Amadeu-Antonio-Stiftung
Medina Isljami / Aktionsbündnis Muslimische Frauen / Bamberg
Dr. Prasad Reddy, PhD / Founder and CEO – Centre for Social Inclusion, Migration and Participation (ZSIMT) / Bonn
Sarah Bergh / cutural pedagogue / Munich
Missing Diversity? Or: How is Germany going to overcome its problems with racism?
The discussion will pick up on historical as well as currently prevailing racism issues and dicriminating structures. Why do mechanisms of exclusion still persistently prevail? Whithin which contexts do they become obvious? Intersectionally considering, who may be affected by those? Apart from these questions, the panel discussion is also about how societal diversity awareness and an effective civil participation could be successfully initiated.
9.30 pm / venue: tba / concert / admission 9.00 pm
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