UF Uppsala

Published February 24, 2024
March 6
18:15 – 19:30
Ekonomikum, Sal 2

In the early 20th century, imperial Germany stood as one of the foremost colonial powers, boasting territories across West, East, and Southern Africa, China, and the South Seas. Following World War I, these territories were transferred as mandates to other colonial states. This lecture provides an overview of the profound consequences of German colonialism, examining the persistent trends of colonial apologetics, reminiscences, and colonial
amnesia that have endured since that era. It also evaluates the increasing recognition of these historical injustices, prompting efforts to confront and address the long-suppressed colonial past. Finally, the lecture critically analyzes the ongoing German-Namibian negotiations aimed at acknowledging the genocide perpetrated in South West Africa.

Henning Melber

German-Namibian professor, writer and political activist Director Emeritus at the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and Extraordinary Professor at multiple institutions.
Extensive research on the decolonization of Africa, with focus on understanding Namibia’s past with colonialism.