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Book presentation and discussion

Monday, 29. August 2022 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Save in my calendar

Book presentation and discussion

Colonial Past - Postcolonial Future?

Rethinking German-Namibian Relations

Against the backdrop of the "Reconciliation Agreement" initialled in May 2021 by the special representatives of Germany and Namibia after years of negotiations, the anthology published by Henning Melber and Kristin Platt presents different perspectives on the complex web of relations. People from civil society, politics and the arts of both states have their say. They deal with the memory of mass violence and genocide during German colonial rule. These are attempts for comprehension of colonial injustice in today’s world. In search for future relations, which are often described by the Germans as "special". The aim is to liberate these relations from asymmetrical power structures and bring them to life in a progressive way.

The anthology makes voices heard in this spirit. The Heinrich-Böll-Foundation has invited the publishers and the writer Uwe Timm as well as three other contributors to the book.


  • Rakkel Andreas, Socio-political commentator who is passionate about nation-building in Namibia and human rights, Windhoek
  • Naita Hishoono, Director of the Namibia Institute for Democracy (NID), responsible for political education projects and development policy initiatives in Namibia and Southern Africa, Windhoek
  • Uazuvara Ewald Kapombo Katjivena, radio and television journalist, author, Arendal/Norway
  • Kristin Platt, Director of the Institute for Diaspora and Genocide Research at the Ruhr University Bochum
  • Henning Melber, former head of the Namibian Economic Policy Research Unit (NEPRU) in Windhoek, research director at the Nordic Africa Institute and director of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Uppsala/Sweden
  • Uwe Timm, writer. Among other well-known novels and essays, he published Morenga in 1978, Munich/Berlin

Moderation: Kirsten Krampe, Head of the Africa Department, Heinrich-Böll-Foundation


Beate Adolf

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung - Headquarter Berlin
Schumannstr. 8
10117 Berlin
Heinrich Böll Foundation - Headquarters Berlin
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