Until the 15th century, the Atlantic was the clear border between Africa and Europe on the one side and the Americas on the other. The history of crossing the Atlantic followed the well-known narrative of “discoveries”: colonisation, slavery, exploitation, migration – and European prosperity. The exchange between the three continents created a cultural dynamic that fundamentally changed all three continents. The conference, organized by the Goethe-Institut, focuses on today’s Atlantic relations between Africa, South America, the Caribbean and Europe. International contributors from the arts and research will explore these relations in talks, panels and performances focusing on growing nationalism, the construction of new borders and questions of restitution and cultural heritage.
The conference is part of the Goethe-Institut’s project Echoes of the South Atlantic, which is organizing events on the future of the South Atlantic on all three continents between 2018 and 2020. During this time frame, the participating artists and intellectuals are working on their own projects; a final presentation of which is planned for 2020.
With contributions by Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Samy Ben Redjeb, Ndidi Dike, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Anita Ekman, Paul Gilroy, Paul Goodwin, Isaac Julien, Michelle (Musa) Mattiuzzi, Achille Mbembe, Jota Mombaça, Mark Nash, Kris Nelson, Gabi Ngcobo, António Ole, The Otolith Group (Anjalika Salgar & Kodwo Eshun), Amilcar Packer, Thiago de Paula Souza, Felwine Sarr, Nadine Siegert, Nanette Snoep, Selene Wendt
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2 pm–3.30 pm, Lecture Hall
Dealing and Healing
4 pm–5.30 pm, Lecture Hall
Afrotopia and Radical Citizenship
Talks and panels with Jean-Pierre Bekolo, António Ole, Felwine Sarr, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Isaac Julien and many others
chaired by Ananya Kabir
For detailed program go to goethe.de
7 pm, Roof terrace, in the Foyer if it rains
Deglobalization – Bodies as Borders
Achille Mbembe, philosopher, political theorist
In this digital age of high velocity, material presence is ever less important. Yet ever more money is invested in borders – and certain bodies and classes of populations are being turned into mobile, portable borders. What are the consequences of these new ways of redistributing mobility and partitioning the Earth? And what do they entail in terms of a politics of the future world?
Followed by a party with DJ Samy Ben Redjeb, Analog Africa
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