Coming to Terms with Colonial Violence – Possibilities of Postcolonial Remembrance Politics

Panel Discussion with Sabine Mannitz in Brussels in “Crisis Talks” Series

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For a long time, European countries repressed or even legitimised their own colonial history instead of dealing publicly with its consequences. In the meantime, however, looted art, monuments and street names are just as much the subject of public debate as euphemistic narratives of the colonial past. As a result, truth commissions have been set up to deal with colonial violence. Germany officially apologised in 2021 for its role in the murder of thousands of Herero and Nama, Belgium asked for an apology for its role in the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, Italy for colonial abuses in Libya - to name a few examples. Possibilities of rehabilitation, compensation and restitution are being discussed politically. So far, however, disputes about who should be liable, for how long and for what share of history, have mainly taken place within the framework of national politics. A European exchange should serve to discuss Europe's historical responsibility for colonial violence and its continuing consequences at the EU level. As part of the Crisis Talks of the Leibniz Research Alliance, we aim to initiate a European exchange.

Lucia Puttrich (Minister for Federal and European Affairs of the State of Hessen) and Dr Stefan Kroll (PRIF) open the event and welcome guests. Dr Sabine Mannitz (PRIF | TraCe) will introduce the topic in her opening Keynote. Afterwards, Alexander Goebel (Freelance Journalist) will moderate the Panel discussion. 


  • Dr. Sabine Mannitz
  • Salima Yenbou | Member of the European Parliament
  • Laura Gaëlle Ganza | Socio-cultural worker & Independent consultant

When: Tuesday, November 14th 2023  | 1 - 2pm

Where: Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union (closed event) | Livestream via YouTube.

You are welcome to ask the panellists your questions via

The livestream will be simultaneously interpreted in English | German | French.

TraCe as guest at “Crisis Talks” – a Series of the Leibniz Research Network "Environmental Crisis - Crisis Environments"

In the European Union, crises have always been an important driver for change and progress. In crisis situations, the European Union, which is characterised by a high degree of heterogeneity and is oriented towards shaping opinions, has so far usually been able to create common perceptions of a situation, overcome blockages and facilitate integration. As part of the series of Crisis Talks, the Leibniz Research Network "Environmental Crisis - Crisis Environments (CrisEn)", together with the Research Center “Normative Orders” at Goethe University Frankfurt and the Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union, addresses how Europe should deal with current and past crises. On November 14, TraCe is a guest at the series.