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Postcolonial Potsdam is a group which deals with parts of the colonial history of Prussia and, primarily, the postcolonial silence in contemporary Potsdam.
In the immediate vicinity of the university campus “Am Neuen Palais” in Potsdam, a group of sculptures, some paintings exhibited in Sanssouci as well as botanic imports in the Potsdam landscape of palaces and gardens show a multitude of references to Prussia’s colonial history. These – as well as numerous traditions and practices – are mostly willfully or unconsciously ignored by the majority society because this version of the past does not fit into conceptions of Prussian heritage and responsibilities vis-a-vis the colonial past and a reconsideration of it are repressed.
We try to contextualize the past and make invisible parts of history visible. We write a blog, offer postcolonial tours through Potsdam and organize events and workshops. This should serve to open up discussions of how to deal responsibly with the legacies of traumatic histories of colonial injustices.
Postcolonial Potsdam is affiliated with Weltweiterdenken e.V.; its members are lecturers and students of the University of Potsdam and other enthusiasts.