Last weekend, I launched “Decolonization in Action” a podcast series that I co-created. The podcast interrogates decolonization in the arts, sciences, and beyond. While calls for decolonizing science, education, and museums are becoming more prominent, knowledge practices of western academia and of present-day colonizing nation states remain largely unchanged. In conversation with historians, activists, artists, and curators, this podcast aims to unravel how decolonization is understood, and most importantly to give attention to how decolonization is being practiced today.
In our first episode, we interiewed Dr. Noa Ha and Prof. Dr. Tahani Nadim to discuss the relationship between German colonial history and Berlin—the metropole of that colonial past. We focus on Berlin’s street names and the Natural History Museum as spaces of remembrance and resistance. In this episode we ask ourselves, in what ways does colonialism continue to shape Berlin institutions and the city of Berlin itself? You can also find the podcast on Spotify at here.
Special thanks to Gina Grzimek, Stephanie Hood, Anja Krieger, Nina Prader, Dr. Lisa Onaga, Prof. Dr. Dagmar Schäfer, Karin Weninger, and Danyang Zhang.
Also, be sure to check out the following resources in Berlin:
Anticolonial Month in Berlin
Berlin als postkoloniale Stadt kartieren
Critical Ethnic Studies Association
Dead Wasps Fly Further, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin
Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland Bund e.V.
korientation. Netzwerk für asiatisch-deutsche Perspektiven e.V.
Migrationsrat Berlin e.V.