Controversies over entanglements between antisemitism, colonial racisms and Holocaust in history and memory politics


with Anitha Oforiwah Adu-Boahen, Teresa Koloma Beck, Donald Bloxham, Claudia Bruns, Max Czollek, Ibou Diop, Kirsten Dyck, Atina Grossmann, Norbert Finzsch, Ivan Kalmar, Helen Makhdoumian, Kristin Platt, Anna Reading, Anja Reuss, Michael Rothberg, Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, and Natan Sznaider.

Unfortunately, the lecture by Anja Reuss on 01.02.23 has to be canceled.

We are delighted to welcome instead Grzegorz Rossolinski-Liebe with a presentation on "Competing memory narratives of Bandera, Holocaust, and Holodomor in Ukraine".

Wednesdays 4-6pm c.t. (CEST UTC+2) ONLINE via ZOOM


Meeting-ID: 651 8063 6784

Passwort: 140933

An English translation and sing language interpretation are available upon request.

Controversial debates about the relationship between antisemitisms and colonial racisms have recently (re)emerged in Germany and international contexts, highlighting the historic entanglements of the Holocaust, colonial genocides, and their impacts on memory politics. They challenge whether the Holocaust can be compared to colonial genocides, let alone its singularity be questioned. At the same time, they ask what (positive) consequences could be gained from the stronger integration of colonial racisms in our memory cultures? Could links between different racisms, genocides, and memory discourses not rather be productive and, in addition to the criticism of antisemitisms, allow the identification and criticism of colonial racisms in contemporary cultures? And how can we discuss these questions in less harmful ways?

In our lecture series, we set out to discuss the controversial entanglements between antisemitism and colonial racisms, as well as their interrelated transnational memory discourses. In doing so, we depart from a particularly German research tradition of engaging with antisemitism/antijudaism and colonial racisms as distinct concepts and its subsequent creation and institutionalisation of competitive memory discourses.