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Winter 2023-24 | Decolonizing Anthropology Lecture Series

Decolonizing Anthropology - Eine selbstkritische Standortbestimmung in Forschung und Lehre // A self-critical appraisal of the current state of research and teaching

A hybrid lecture series and teaching format by and for social and cultural anthropological institutes in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland

We cordially invite our students to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in a discussion across-institute, with social and cultural anthropologists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, on the pressing topic of "Decolonising Anthropology“.

Form your own opinions about the stakes and challenges of decolonising anthropology, and get to know students from other contexts.



26.10.23 Ursula Rao, Martin Zillinger, Anna Lisa Ramella & Michi Knecht | Halle/Köln/Bremen

02.11.23 Film
Holiday-/Feiertag-Screening of the film “The measures of men”/ “Der vermessene
Mensch”, R: Lars Kraume/ D: Girley Charlene Jazama, Leonard Schacher/ D 2023, 116’

09.11.23 Lars Kraume u.a.
Discussion of the film “Measures of Men“/ “Der vermessene Mensch”

16.11.23 Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni | Bayreuth
Meanings of Decolonialism

23.11.23 Richard Tsogang Fossi | TU Berlin
Atlas der Abwesenheiten. Kameruns Kulturerbe in Deutschland. Wie steht es mit der Dekolonisierung ethnologischer Museen?

30.11.23 Anna-Maria Brandstetter | Mainz
Ethnografische Sammlungen an Universitäten dekolonisieren - aber wie?

07.12.23 Carla Jaimes Betancourt | Bonn
Kollaborative Methoden für die Erforschung von Heritage

14.12.23 Antony Pattathu, Rosa Cordillera A. Castillo & June Rubis | Tübingen; City of Heidelberg | Bremen | Sarawak: BiiH and ICCA Consortium
Critical Research Ethics as Decolonial Praxis – Current Debates?

11.01.24 Mirco Göpfert with students | Frankfurt/Main
Rassismus in der Wissenschaft

18.01.24 Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka & Tobias Werron, mod. Minh Nguyen | Bielefeld
Decolonising social sciences - decolonising universities: What it might mean and how it
could work

25.01.24 Magnus Gielge & AG Intersektionale Diskriminierung und Rassismus | Wien
Anti/Rassismus in der Lehre. Von Studierenden des IKSA Wien kuratierte Session

01.02.24 Dominik Mattes with students | FU Berlin
Decolonizing Anthropology? Students’ perspectives from Berlin


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This lecture series is a collaborative weekly event organised by departments of Social and Cultural Anthropology (Ethnologie) in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Each session is curated by a different department / institute and features talks, discussion rounds as well as the screening of the film “Measures of Men” (D 2023, 116’, German with English subtitles).

The lecture series is accompanied by a boasblog, hosting contributions by the presenters: https://boasblogs.org/decolonizinganthropology/

Apart from texts, the blog also features accompanying literature, discussion questions for each topic as well as the recorded talk (where available).

The lecture series is running throughout the winter term (26 Oct 2023 – 1 Feb 2024) on Thursdays, 6:15–7:45pm CET, on Webex. It will continue in the summer term 2024 with more talks and presentations.

Please register here for the link: 



We would also like to take this opportunity to introduce and thank our team:

Amelie Greefe, Ehler Voss (U Bremen), Sarah Nawratil, Viktoria Giehler-Zeng and Benedict Flett (MPI Halle). 

We would like to thank all participating departments, institutes and presenters, and look forward to welcoming many of you! Please circulate this announcement widely among your networks, institutes and beyond!

You can reach us with any questions at decolonizinganthropology@boasblogs.org

Kind regards,

for the coordinating team: Michi Knecht, Ursula Rao, Martin Zillinger and Anna Lisa Ramella


Students & Staff of DoSCA, University of Cologne

are taking part in the online lectures together and discussing them afterwards on Thursdays: 6:15 to 7.45 pm in Room S23 (Seminargebäude)


We are very excited about the "Decolonising Anthropology" event series that starts on 26.10.2023. Please find the official invitation in this special issue of the DOSCA Newsletter.


As of today, you can also take the lecture series "Decolonizing Anthropology" in KLIPS - i.e. you can receive a total of 3 CP credit for this important topic in the supplementary modules of your degree programme (BA Ethnology in EM3 | MA SCA in EM4a or EM4b | MA CEA in EM1). As a course credit, participation in a group presentation is expected, through which we will prepare for the respective lectures - strictly in the Cologne circle BEFORE the event.


We meet for the Klips course every Thursday at 17:45 in S23 (Neues Seminargebäude) to prepare the lectures together, also with the help of literature and blog posts.



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