Eine Welt Stadt Berlin ist
Berliner Entwicklungspolitischer Ratschlag (BER)
Berlin Postkolonial e.V.
14.10.2017 11:00 - 15.10.2017 17:30
Centre Francais, Müllerstraße 74, 13349 Berlin

Prussian Colonial Heritage: Sacred Objects and Human Remains

The debate concerning the provenance and future of items acquired in the wake of European colonialism has intensified in recent times, due to the current German project which aims to reconstruct the imperial Berlin Palace and once again display the world’s cultural treasures in the building. Above all this debate concerns translocated “materials of sacred significance” and human remains, items which belong to a category defined by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and the UN as “sensitive materials”. Both of these organizations require the museums to expeditiously “initiate dialogues” with the source communities in order to discuss “the return of cultural property”. However, within the current debate concerning Berlin’s non-European collections the opinions of those who “have lost a significant part of their heritage” are hardly represented at all. Our conference will provide a platform for source community members and experts who should have been consulted “with respect and sensitivity” (ICOM) by the managers of the Humboldt Forum and of the Foundation Prussian Cultural Heritage (SPK) all along.


Senator for Culture and Europe Klaus Lederer (opening),  Bénédicte Savoy (France/Germany), Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung (Cameroon/Germany), Noa Ha (Germany), Caroline Mchome (Tanzania), Roxley Foley (Australia), Shiynyuy Semaiy Gad (Cameroon/Germany), Red Haircrow (USA/Germany), Tahir Della (Germany), Waltrauds Ignatsia Ortman (Namibia), Mnyaka Sururu Mboro (Tanzania/Germany), Zulu Gama V (Tanzania), Konradin Kunze (Germany), Esther Muinjangue (Namibia), Fanuel Haukambe (Namibia)



NGO alliances “No Humboldt 21!”, Initiative of Black People in Germany (ISD), Centre Francais Berlin



The conference is part of our project „Just Listen – Globalgeschichte von unten und zivilgesellschaftlicher Dialog”


Contact and registration                 

Christian Kopp | 01799 100 976 | buero(at)berlin-postkolonial.de


Conference Fees

10 Euros per day (to be paid on arrival)





International Decade for People of African Descent

The conference takes place in the framework of the International Decade for people of African Descent. The General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 68/237 proclaimed the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024), with the theme “People of African Descent: Recognition, Justice and Development.” The Decade is a timely and unique opportunity to underline the important contribution made by people of African descent to our societies and to propose concrete measures to promote equality and to combat discrimination of any kind. It provides a solid framework for the United Nations, Member States, civil society and all other relevant actors to join together with people of African descent and take effective measures for the implementation of the programme of activities in the spirit of recognition, justice and development. The German launch of the decade took place on 7 June 2016 in Berlin. It  was officially opened by the United Nations Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).



The congress is part of our 2016/17 project "Just Listen - Global History from 'below' and Public Dialogue" 


With kind support

Stiftung Nord-Süd-Brücken, Berliner Landesstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit, Engagement Global im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Stiftung Partnerschaft mit Afrika e.V. 


Christian Kopp
01799 100 976