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Urban Lab – Paths towards a colonial-critical city

Dialogue event on 15.06. at 7 p.m.

Old Town Hall & online (German & English)

Over the next 12 months, the “Stadtlabor – Wege zur kolonialkritischen Stadt” (Urban Lab – Paths to a Colonial-Critical City) will provide space for exchange and the collaborative exploration and development of paths to a colonial-critical city of Göttingen. The project aims to gather perspectives, network knowledge and shape commemoration.

In addition to the reappraisal of local colonial history, we also want to make anti-colonial resistance and colonial continuities to the present more visible and invite all Göttingen inhabitants to get involved and participate.

For the kick-off, we have invited various experts to an event in the Old Town Hall on June 15, 2023, to talk about the possibilities and challenges of a culture of remembrance critical of colonialism. Participation is possible on site or online. The following experts will speak:

  • Dr. Neekee Chaturvedi (University of Rajasthan, Jaipur/India; researcher on oral history and decolonization of museums).
  • Tahir Della (Decolonize Berlin, Initiative of Black People in Germany and promoter for diasporic perspectives in development education in the Berlin promoter program)
  • Israel Kaunatjike (OvaHerero activist and educational consultant focusing on German colonial history in German Southwest Africa) [unfortunately Israel Kaunatjike cannot come this time. To the interview from his last visit in Göttingen and at the South West Africa Memorial]
  • Inken Kautter (Head of the Department of Culture, City of Göttingen)
  • Moderated by Sarah Böger (Networking Göttingen Postcolonial & Coordinator of the Urban Lab).

Afterwards, we invite interested people to join us at the Stadtlabor on Wilhelmplatz and exchange ideas over drinks, snacks & music.

Anmeldung – Registration: Stadtlabor – Urban City Lab 15.Juni 2023 ab 19 Uhr (

Collection call

Through the joint search for objects, documents and other contemporary testimonies, we want to create a particpatory open archive. Stories that are currently still lying in drawers in attics and cellars are to be researched and made accessible in this way

We are especially interested in historical traces and biographies of people from formerly colonized areas and in anti-colonial resistance in the past and present in Göttingen.

You have documents or objects, knowledge or hints you would like to share? Please write to

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“Stadtlabor – Wege zur kolonialkritischen Stadt” is a cooperation project of the Institute for Cultural Anthropology/ European Ethnology, the Institute for Diversity Research and the Centre for Global Migration Studies of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen with Göttingen Postcolonial, Entwicklungspolitisches Informationszentrum Göttingen (EPIZ), PLEA e.V., boat people projekt, Literarisches Zentrum Göttingen. Project lead: Prof. Sabine Hess.

We are open for further cooperation partners!

The Stadtlabor project is funded by the “zukunft.niedersachsen” program of the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture.