University of Hamburg, 28/2/2018 – 2/3/2018


(Subject to change, please visit the conference website for the latest version of the programme:

Wednesday, 28/2/2018 (Room: Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, ESA O 221)

12:00 – 14:00 Registration (Room ESA O 232)

14:00 – 14:30 Conference Opening

  • Welcoming Remarks: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zimmerer (University of Hamburg; Director of Research Centre “Hamburg’s (post-)colonial legacy”)
  • Welcoming Address: Prof. Dr. Susanne Rupp (Vice President, University of Hamburg)
  • Welcoming Address: Prof. Dr. Oliver Huck (Dean, Faculty of Arts & Humanities, University of Hamburg)

14:30 – 16:30 Panel I: Contributions

Chair: Dr. Nicole Wiederroth (University of Hamburg)

  • 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”

16:45 – 18:45 Panel II: Creating “Heroes”

Chair: Prof. Michelle Moyd (Indiana University Bloomington)

  • 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 – 19:30 Welcoming Address: Dr. Carsten Brosda (Senator of Hamburg’s Ministry of Culture and Media)

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



Thursday, 1/3/2018 (Room: ESA O 221)

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

Chair: Ulrike Peters (University of Hamburg)

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

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

Chair: Dr. Markus Hedrich (University of Hamburg)

  • Prof. Dr. Philipp Osten (Medico-historical Museum Hamburg): “Human Remains. From Discovery to Restitution”
  • Dr. Diana Natermann (University of Leiden): “Hamburg and its Role in Visualising Africa: A Perturbed Legacy”

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 16:30 Panel V: Confrontations

Chair: Nils Schliehe (University of Hamburg)

  • 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”
  • Tania Mancheno (University of Hamburg): “In Between the Speicherstadt (UNESCO World Heritage Warehouse Complex) and the HafenCity. The Many Facades of (Post-)colonial Memory”

Public Part (without registration)

(Room: Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, ESA A)

18:00 – 19:30 Public Keynote: Prof. Dr. Michelle Moyd (Indiana University Bloomington): “Askari Afterlives: Soldiers, Veterans, and Memory”

20:00 – 21:30 Public Panel (in German): Podiumsdiskussion: “Aufarbeitung des (post-)kolonialen Erbes in Hamburg” (Panel Discussion: “Dealing with Hamburg’s (Post-)colonial Legacy”)

  • Hamed Abbaspur (Eine Welt Netzwerk Hamburg e.V.)
  • Millicent Adjei (Arbeitskreis Hamburg Postkolonial)
  • Dr. Reinhard Behrens (Beirat „Geschichtsgarten Deutschland-Tansania“)
  • Tobias Bergmann (Handelskammer Hamburg)
  • Amelie Deuflhard (Kampnagel – Internationales Zentrum für schönere Künste )
  • Börries von Notz (Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg)
  • 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

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