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Rethinking Africa. (De)Coloniality – 130 Years after the Berlin Conference

aggnThe third annual “Rethinking Africa” Conference, christened Africa Discourse III, will explore the meaning and ubiquity of Coloniality: the pervasiveness of seemingly a bygone era of colonialism. What effect does colonial thinking have on the constitution of african Societies and Identities today? And how do colonial patterns structure the self-conception and contemporary interaction of Europe and Africa?

Date :25 & 26 September 2015

Venue: Ökumenisches Zentrum Christuskirche
UBahn: Bockenheimer Warte, Frankfurt am Main

Registration – all are warmly invited.
Via email until 20th September 2015:
You might want to inform AGGN fellow and co-organizer Eric Otieno: about your participation.

Conference Tickets

25€ Regular Tickets
15€ Discounted Tickets (pupils, students, pensioners, low-income-earners etc. with proof Please Inquire at Registration)
35€ Solidarity Tickets

Meals and Soft drinks are included in the ticket price.

The conference Languages are German and French. Complimentary Simultaneous translation devices will be available


Imperial rule of the African continent was meticulously planned 130 years ago under Bismarck- Germany’s direction at the Berlin conference, a conference that served to reinforce clichés that to this day are still widely used in discourses about “Africa”. The intent to economically exploit “empty spaces” on the African map was disguised in humanitarian values of civilisation and the christianization of a purportedly backward region of the Earth. At the drawing board, Colonialism was an „ingenious modernization project “: it served to secure the futures of the colonizers. The African Continent and its people were subsequently misused for the testing of technichal and especially millitary innovations.

Yet, even today, it all feels strangely omipresent: Free trade agreements, development policies and a migration regime continue to shape the colonial project. Concurrently, the alienation and internalization of Coloniality persistently hinder the (self-) extrication of the affected from these structures. Nevertheless, it is noteworthy that the decolonization project is also alive and well within various individuals, initiatives and Projects in Germany and beyond.

This year´s conference wants to contribute to decolonization; it questions the source of Coloniality, identifies incipient stages of decolonial transformation and encourages the emancipation of our gazes, languages and bodies.

For more detailed information see Aggn website here