Legacies of Colonialism in East Central Europe‘, Hamburg 15.10.2019

Date(s) - 15/10/2019
14:30 - 18:00

Museum am Rothenbaum – Kulturen und Künste der Welt


Termin: WeberWorldCafé – Legacies of Colonialism in East Central
Europe: Race, Scholarship, and Politics
October 15th, 2:30 to 6:00 pm, at the Museum am Rothenbaum – Kulturen
und Künste der Welt, Rothenbaumchaussee 64, 20148 Hamburg.

To participate, please register your name via wwc@maxweberstiftung.de

Not part of the “Global South” and not Western enough, East Central
Europe in general is absent from or marginal to the current debates on
the legacies of Colonialism, on Global History or World History and on
Postcolonialism. Likewise, East Central Europe is often marginal to
the appropriate divisions of disciplines and categories in the academy
or the museum. Nonetheless, concepts of ethnicity, race, and
nationalism emerged in East Central Europe during the 19th and early
20th Centuries. Anthropologists, Historians or Colonial Experts from
the region – roughly today’s Austria, Belarus, Czech Republic,
Germany, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Slovakia, and Ukraine –
participated in the scholarship, economy, and politics of colonialism.
In the context of the collapse of empires and the rise of
authoritarian regimes in the first half and since the latter years of
the of the twentieth century anthropology, history or medicine have
been or reemerged as sites of struggle over identity, ideology and

Legacies of Colonialism in East Central Europe: Race, Scholarship, and
Politics brings together historians, anthropologists, and museum
professionals. It explores how theories and practices of race and
colonialism have been formulated, understood and contested in East
Central Europe, how they traveled across time and geography, and how
they were translated into the local, East Central European contexts.
If we are to better understand the relevance of race and colonialism
in East Central Europe then and now, we need to ask questions not only
about their historical but also present commitments. Therefore the
WeberWorldCafé also hopes to encourage its participants to think about
the cultural, social, and political legacies of race and colonialism
in our times.

The event Legacies of Colonialism in East Central Europe will take
place on October 15, 2019 from 2:30 to 6:00pm in the Museum am
Rothenbaum – Kulturen und Künste der Welt, Hamburg. The event is a
cooperation between the Max Weber Stiftung – Deutsche
Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland, the Forum
Transregionale Studien, the Nordost- Institut at Hamburg University
and the Museum am Rothenbaum – Kulturen und Künste der Welt. It is
curated by Olga Linkiewicz (Forum Transregionale Studien) and Katrin
Steffen (Nordost-Institut/Institut für Kultur und Geschichte der
Deutschen in Nordosteuropa e.V.).

The Format

The WeberWorldCafé (WWC) is an alternative event format for which we
invite twice a year people from different regions and disciplines to
come together and discuss in a café-like atmosphere one central topic.
At the WeberWorldCafé, scholars, experts, intellectuals or public
personalities from different disciplines and regions come together and
moderate discussions in English or German on topic-specific tables.
These experts will, together with the participants, discuss various
(trans)regional and (inter)disciplinary perspectives and angles to
approach the theme of “Legacies of Colonialism in East Central
Europe.” There will be five thematic tables. The experts take on the
role as table hosts – usually as a pair – and share their knowledge
with the participants, who engage in the conversation as equals,
attending up to four subsequent tables during the event. After a
discussion of 25 to 30 minutes, the participants move to another table
of their choice. In that way, the guests can join discussions on four
different aspects of the overall theme, which will be enriched by the
participants’ knowledge gained in the previous discussions held at
other tables.

Since experts and participants have different backgrounds, everyone
brings a different set of pre-existing knowledge, interests and
perspectives to the table(s). The goal of this event format is to
encourage and connect fresh perspectives and new insights. The event
closes with a summary of the results and conclusions of the day
providing space for continued informal debates.