Whether it’s the pandemic, protests or a paralyzed European Union: 2020 has not been short of unexpected crises and new global developments. Yet even in the 2020/21 winter semester, the University of Freiburg’s Colloquium Politicum continues to offer a platform not only to learn about but also to discuss questions of German and international politics as well as contemporary economic and social problems. In the second, digital part of the Brave New World Disorder lecture series – the first part was held in the 2018/19 winter semester – experts will analyze the Covid-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the future of the EU. Opening the series, Tahir Della from the initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland will speak on 3 November 2020 at 8.15 p.m. via Zoom on the subject of ‘Koloniale Kontinuitäten und ihre Wirksamkeiten bis heute’ (Colonial Continuities and their Effects up to the Present Day).
In 2020 Covid-19 developed into a global pandemic and confronted all of humanity with massive social, economic and political challenges. As the first focus of the Colloquium Politicum, experts will analyze the effects of the pandemic on the population and political developments in East Africa, South East Asia and South Asia. This includes a lecture in English by Dr. Linda Oucho from the African Migration and Development Policy Centre, Nairobi, Kenya, on 25 November 2020 at 6 p.m. via Zoom on the subject of Migration and Covid-19: Perspectives from Kenya.
The second focus of the series is the Black Lives Matter movement in Germany. Experts examine the traces of colonialism in Germany and an anti-racist historiography. For example, Dr. Noah K. Ha from the Deutsches Zentrum für Integrations- und Migrationsforschung will speak on the subject of ‘Postkoloniale Vielfalt – Postkoloniale Zukunft’ (Post-colonial Diversity – Post-colonial Future) on 13 January 2021 at 8 p.m. via Zoom. As a separate event, also on Zoom, the panel debate ‘Die paralysierte EU – Muss Europa neu gedacht werden?’ on 3 December 2020 will feature member of the Bundestag Dr. Francis Brantner, journalist Ulrich Ladurner, and Josef Mackert, head of studies at the Catholic Academy of the Archdiocese Freiburg discussing the prospects and challenges for the European Union. The panel will be chaired by Dr. Winfried Veit from the University of Freiburg’s Frankreich-Zentrum.
After their talks, members of the audience can ask questions and discuss them together. All the lectures are free, open access and because of the corona pandemic will take place on the video platform Zoom. Access data will be announced on the Colloquium Politicum website before the events.
Colloquium Politicum is presenting the Brave New World Disorder series in cooperation with the Carl-Schurz-Haus Freiburg e.V. and the Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Freiburg.