Writing German Colonial History Today: Renewed Issues and Perspectives

Writing German Colonial History Today: Renewed Issues and Perspectives

Deutsches Historisches Institut Paris
Deutsches Historisches Institut Paris, Hôtel Duret-de-Chevry, 8 rue du Parc-Royal
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Deutsch-Französischen Hochschule (DFH), Institut d'histoire moderne et contemporaine (IHMC), Université de Lorraine and Centre de Recherche Universitaire Lorrain D'Histoire (CRULH), Center Interdisciplinary D'études Et De Recherches Sur L'allemagne (CIERA)
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Vom - Bis
22.05.2024 - 24.05.2024
Mathias Hack, Historisches Seminar, Universität Leipzig

In recent years the engagement with Germany's colonial past has become one of the most active fields in German historiography. Historians have extended the scope of research to include the agency of indigenous and local actors, revisit the economic histories of German imperialism and draw transimperial connections to other European empires. Equally the chronological and geographical limits of German colonialism are readressed and the postcoloniality of both Germany and the former colonies is debated in an ever-increasing range. We are glad to continue and extend discussions about many of these current research strands with presenters and participants at our conference.

Writing German Colonial History Today: Renewed Issues and Perspectives

Presentation at the international conference will be held in English, but we encourage questions in German and French as well. We welcome interested participants to join us both physically and online (for selected parts of the conference). Those interested in joining the conference in Paris are not required to formally register, but are encouraged to notify the organising team under the mail address listed below. Links for online participation and further information can be found here: https://www.dhi-paris.fr/veranstaltungsdetails/seminare/SeminarTime/detail/deutsche-kolonialgeschichte4111.html

The original call for paper for the conference can be found here (https://www.hsozkult.de/event/id/event-136886?title=aktuelle-herausforderungen-und-perspektiven-der-deutschen-kolonialgeschichte&recno=5&q=&sort=&fq=&total=920mp;fq=&total=920).


Wednesday, 22 May 2024

5.00 pm – opening keynote
Joël Glasman (Universität Bayreuth), The Production of Indifference. Colonialism and the origins of European Apathy

6.00 pm - Dinner

Thursday, 23 May 2024

9.00 am – Welcome and introduction (Delphine Froment, Mathias Hack, Robert Heinze, Tobias Wagemann)

9.30 am – panel 1: The transimperial dimensions of German colonialism
chair : Christine de Gemeaux (Université de Tours)

Benedict Oldfield (Uppsala University), Indians and German colonialism in East Africa

Willeke Sandler (Loyola University Maryland), “The War was a great link”: Interwar Tanganyika as Transimperial Space

12.30 am – lunch break

2.00pm – panel 2: The agency of indigenous actors and German colonial rule
Chair: Antje Dietze (Universität Leipzig)

Sabine Hanke (Universität Tübingen), Feathers from paradise: Indigenous perspectives on hunting birds of paradise in German New Guinea, c. 1880s-1920s

Tiendjo Nouwezem (Université de Douala), Indigenous people in the process of urbanisation in Cameroon during the German period: the case of Douala

Kodzo Abotsi (Université de Lomé), Writing German colonial history in Togo based on the writings of the colonized: the case of petitions and newspaper articles (1902-1914)

Coffee break

5.00 pm – roundtable: German colonialism from both sides of the Rhine – Historical transfers, historiographical dialogue (participants: Nina Kleinöder, Christine de Gemeaux, Catherine Repussard and Matthew Fitzpatrick)
Chair: Jakob Vogel (Science Po, Paris)

7.00 pm – Dinner

Friday, 24 May 2024

9.30 am - panel 3: The chronological and geographical limits of the German empire
Chair: Nina Kleinöder (Otto-Friedrichs-Universität Bamberg)

Katherine Arnold (Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München), Natural History Collecting as a Tool for Interpreting German Pre-Colonial Entanglements

Paul Csillag (European University Institute Florence), Crusade Romanticism – Friedrich III’s Orientreise as an indicator of imperial intentions

Clara Torrao Busin (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris), From a Line on the Map to a Border Corridor to the Front: Spatial and Social Impacts of Border Drawing in the Kionga region (Northern Mozambique)

12.30 am – lunch break

2.00 pm – panel 4: Economy and labour
Chair : Henry Kah (University of Buea)

Esther Jocelyne Tonye and Léopold Sédar Edong (Université de Douala et Université de Dschang), Heritage, memory, and German colonial history in Cameroon: between appropriation and rejection? The example of the German bridge over the Sanaga and the Njock railways tunnels in the collective memory of the Bassa people

Edith Nadège Tchuenmogne (Université de Dschang), German post-colonial period in the Southern Cameroons: the impact of the return of the Germans to economic life.

Tomas Bartoletti (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich), Colonial Beetles in German Samoa: Economic Entomology and the Ecological Crisis in the Coconut Plantations

Coffee break

4:00 pm – panel 5: Postcolonial Germany and postcolonial worlds
Chair: Jakob Vogel (Sciences Po, Paris)

Clémence Andreys (Université de Franche-Comté), Building a new culture of remembrance of German colonization: the works of museums and citizen groups

Jana Otto (Leibniz Universität Hannover), Exhibiting or Concealing the Colonial Past? – The Family Archive, Post-colonial Memory, and Material Culture in Germany

Derrick Dang (Université d’Ebolowa), Germany in the Cameroonian tourist space from 1896 to 1987. Construction of tourism infrastructure, tourist Germanophobia and promotion of the Cameroon destination

6:00 pm - ending keynote: Matthew P. Fitzpatrick (Flinders University) Liberal Imperialism in German Samoa: Exception, Exemplar or Empire as Usual?

7.00 pm – conference closed


Organising commitee: Delphine Froment (Université de Lorraine), Mathias Hack (Universität Leipzig), Robert Heinze (DHI Paris), Tobias Wagemann (École Normale Supérieure)


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