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Summer 2024 | Decolonizing Anthropology: A Self-Critical Assessment of the Current State of Research

Online Lecture Series, Part 2
Thursdays, 6.15 – 7.45 pm on Webex

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Introducing the second semester

Decolonizing Anthropology is a joint lecture series of anthropology institutes in German-speaking countries that serves as a platform for exchange on current debates on decolonisation, that proactively reflects on the history of critique in the discipline, and shares knowledge about new practices of research and interpretation that can provide pathways for the future.

The lecture series started in October 2023 and will continue until July 2024.

In the spirit of exchange and collective learning, the focus of the first semester was on exploring the state of the art in different institutes. Together we learned about the way colonial perspectives are baked into institutions, listened to the critiques of particular approaches to research and thinking, and heard about what it would take to decolonize the discipline and to develop new methods of more open collegial exchange.

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Summer 2024 | Part 2

The hybrid lecture series and teaching format by and for social and cultural anthropological institutes in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland

Thursdays, 6.15 – 7.45 pm ONLINE on Webex

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Programme part 2 | Summer 2024

1. Session | 11.04.24 |
Einführung: Überblick über das Sommersemester und einige Preliminary Remarks zur derzeitigen Konjunktur der Kritik an “Post-/De-colonial Studies” (Michi Knecht für das Orga-Team)

2. Session | 18.04.24 |
Richard Kuba & Katja Geisenhainer (Frobenius Institut, Frankfurt am Main), Kommentar: André Gingrich (Universität Wien)
„Wir eingebildeten Europäer“ – Debatten, Verstrickungen und das Erbe der Ethnologie des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts

3. Session | 25.04.24 |
Michaela Schäuble (Universität Bern) & Zainabu Jallo (Universität Basel)
Decolonizing and/or Re-Appropriating the Archive

4. Session | 02.05.24 |
Ricardo F. Macip (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico), Host: Dorothy Zinn, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Decolonizing What Was Known as Mexican Anthropology

No Session on the 09.05.24 (Himmelfahrt)

5. Session | 16.05.24 |
Otto Habeck (Universität Hamburg)
Eight Answers to the Question if Ethnographic Research in Asian Russia Has Fared Well or Got Shipwrecked With Colonial/Decolonial Ambitions (1724-2024)

6. Session | 23.05.24 |
Souleymane Bachir Diagne in Dialogue (Columbia University –Universität Bremen) in Dialogue with Tyler Zoanni (Universität Bremen)
Possibilities and Limits of a Decolonized Anthropology from the Perspective of African Philosophy

No Session on the 30.05.24 (Fronleichnam)

7. Session | 06.06.24 |
Léa Lacan (Universität zu Köln), Denisha Anand (University of the Western Cape), Moderation by: Mihir Sharma (Universität Bayreuth)
Decolonizing Ecologies

8. Session | 13.06.24 |
Benjamin Baumann (Universität Heidelberg), Philipp Zehmisch (Universität Heidelberg) & Visisya Pinthongvijayakul (Chandrakasem Rajabhat University/Universität Heidelberg)
The Epistemological Decolonization of Anthropology – A Conversation between a “Home Scholar” and a “Foreign Anthropologist” about Possession and Mediumship

9. Session | 20.06.24 |
George Steinmetz (University of Michigan)
(Author of: The Colonial Origins of Modern Social Thought, 2023): TBA

10. Session | 27.06.24 |
Serawit B. Debele (Universität Bayreuth), Stephanie Lämmert (Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin) & Yusuf K. Serunkuma (Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg)
Rethinking Knowledge Production in German African Studies

11. Session | 04.07.24 |
Rosalind Morris (Columbia University – Leuphana Universität Lüneburg)
Other Anthropologies and Anthropology’s Otherness: A Conversation on Disciplinary Futures

12. Session | 11.07.24 |
Shalini Randeria (Central European University, Wien)

Students & Staff of DoSCA, University of Cologne

meet for the Klips course every Thursday at 18:00 in lecture hall F (Hörsaalgebäude) to prepare the lectures together, also with the help of literature and blog posts.


We are taking part in the online lectures together and discussing them afterwards on Thursdays: 6:15 to 7.45 pm in lecture hall F (Hörsaalgebäude)


We are very excited about the second part of "Decolonising Anthropology" that starts on 11.04.2024.


 Programme Part 1 | Winter 2023/24

26.10.23 Ursula Rao, Martin Zillinger, Anna Lisa Ramella & Michi Knecht | Halle/Köln/Bremen

02.11.23 Film
Holiday-/Feiertag-Screening of the film “The measures of men”/ “Der vermessene
Mensch”, R: Lars Kraume/ D: Girley Charlene Jazama, Leonard Schacher/ D 2023, 116’

09.11.23 Lars Kraume u.a.
Discussion of the film “Measures of Men“/ “Der vermessene Mensch”

16.11.23 Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni | Bayreuth
Meanings of Decolonialism

23.11.23 Richard Tsogang Fossi | TU Berlin
Atlas der Abwesenheiten. Kameruns Kulturerbe in Deutschland. Wie steht es mit der Dekolonisierung ethnologischer Museen?

30.11.23 Anna-Maria Brandstetter | Mainz
Ethnografische Sammlungen an Universitäten dekolonisieren - aber wie?

07.12.23 Carla Jaimes Betancourt | Bonn
Kollaborative Methoden für die Erforschung von Heritage

14.12.23 Antony Pattathu, Rosa Cordillera A. Castillo & June Rubis | Tübingen; City of Heidelberg | Bremen | Sarawak: BiiH and ICCA Consortium
Critical Research Ethics as Decolonial Praxis – Current Debates?

11.01.24 Mirco Göpfert with students | Frankfurt/Main
Rassismus in der Wissenschaft

18.01.24 Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka & Tobias Werron, mod. Minh Nguyen | Bielefeld
Decolonising social sciences - decolonising universities: What it might mean and how it
could work

25.01.24 Magnus Gielge & AG Intersektionale Diskriminierung und Rassismus | Wien
Anti/Rassismus in der Lehre. Von Studierenden des IKSA Wien kuratierte Session

01.02.24 Dominik Mattes with students | FU Berlin
Decolonizing Anthropology? Students’ perspectives from Berlin


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