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Anti-Racism Workshop

Due to given social developments and necessities, the Prorectorate for Academic Careers and Equal Opportunities has set itself the task of taking a look at structures in which - regardless of individual intentions - racism can be institutionally reproduced. The aim is to initiate a long-term process critical of racism and participatory, which will make it possible to change structures at the University of Cologne in such a way that inequalities of opportunity are reduced. Within the framework of the Critique of Racism Workshop, current problem areas in relation to structural racism at the University of Cologne are to be identified in a processual manner and needs for action are to be developed. It is planned to establish working groups and networks that will deal with the identified problem areas and/or measures in the subsequent process.

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4th Workshop on Anti-Racism on June 19, 2024

On June 19, 2024, we invite you to the 4th Workshop on Anti-Racism.

Event language: German

9:00 - 13:00 pm
International House University of Cologne
Kringsweg 6, 50931 Köln

As part of the workshops on racism critique, the Vice-Rectorate for Anti-discrimination and Equal Opportunity and the Commissioner for Racism Critique invite you to shed light on the provenance of cultural and collection items in the specific context of universities, especially the University of Cologne.

The University of Cologne possesses a large number of collections. On behalf of the Rectorate, a project group led by Prof. Dr. Habbo Knoch has examined the origin and use of objects preserved there for possible implications related to colonialism and National Socialism. What role does provenance research play in teaching and research at the University of Cologne? The presentation will showcase the findings. Prof. Dr. Habbo Knoch has been teaching Modern and Contemporary History at the Historical Institute of the University of Cologne since 2014.

Halima Kamara (she/her) is a bachelor student of Ethnology and Media Cultural Studies. In various contexts—from the BIPOC Department at UzK, to the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum, to current involvement in the Anticolonial Space—she engages with various issues surrounding decolonization, (anti-black) racism, and power critique. As part of the seminar "On the (Im-) Possibility of Decolonizing Ethnology" under the supervision of Annika Benz, Halima conceptualized an audio tour that addresses the past of the university, especially the ethnological institute. This tour will be presented as part of the workshop.

The venue is accessible without barriers. We aim to create the most inclusive setting possible for all participants. Please indicate any specific needs, such as sign language interpreters, when registering.

The event will be conducted in German.
Registration: The event is limited to 60 people. Please only register if you can attend the entire event. The deadline for registration is June 16. All university members are welcome.
-- Registration deadline is June 16, 2024 --

The workshop on racism critique is taking place with the kind support of the Cologne International Forums.


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9.00 a.m.


9.05 a.m.

Prof.' Dr.' Susanne Zank - Vice-Rector for Anti-discrimination and Equal Opportunity

9.15 a.m.

Prof.' Dr. Katajun Amirpur - Rectorate Commissioner for Racism Critique

9.25 a.m.

The results of provenance research - Prof. Dr. Habbo Knoch, Historical Institute of the University of Cologne

10.10 a.m.


10.30 a.m.

Decolonial Audio Tour - Halima Kamara, B.A., Ethnology

11.00 a.m.

Presentation of Support Services, Student Groups, and Networks at the University of Cologne - Forum Decolonizing Academia, Autonomous BIPoC Department, Autonomous fakE Department, AStA Department for Anti-discrimination and Culture

11.30 a.m.

Q&A Session for the presentations

11.40 a.m.


11.50 a.m.


12.50 p.m.

Conclusion and Outlook

1.00 p.m.