language requirements English B2, German B1
Why is remembrance of the colonial past marginalized in Germany? In this course, we will analyse the traces of the German colonial past and of colonial resistance in former colonies and in Berlin. The course focuses on actual debates and struggles for the remembrance of the colonial history in Berlin. We will get to know Berlin as the capital of the colonial empire, have an insight in the colonial realities and sharpen our view of the long-term consequences of colonialism. Excursions to the African Quarter in Wedding and the exhibition "Zurückgeschaut“ about colonial shows in Treptow illustrate the current negotiations of remembrance of colonialism in Berlin. Through readings, discussions and the guided excursions, the course will introduce to contemporary debates on marginalization in Germany as well as on restitution of objects to the former colonies and re-naming of streets and places. The last sessions of the seminar will be dedicated to practices of colonial remembrance from different contexts and countries. Final assignments will be contributions for a joined teamwork product (poster, podcast, blog) on a related topic.
The course is taught in German and English for students who have acquired at least the equivalent of B1 in German and B2 in English.
Berlin Perspectives is an international and interdisciplinary module for incoming international students to complement their regular studies at Humboldt-Universität. It is also open to regular HU students who may enroll as part of their elective course requirements (üWP). Courses are taught in English, German, or in bilingual formats.
This seminar carries 5 ECTS.
! Please register for the courses before the semester starts both here in Agnes
and the Berlin Perspectives online registration form:
You will find the detailed syllabus for this course on the Berlin Perspectives Website: