Germany’s Colonial Past 30 Years after Reunification

This AGI webinar features a presentation from Jonathan Bach Professor of Global Studies at The New School in New York, and discussion with Eric Langenbacher, Senior Fellow and Director of the AGI Society, Culture & Politics Program.

This talk examines how colonial reckoning is belatedly becoming part of the German memory landscape thirty years after reunification. It explores how colonial-era questions are acquiring the status of a new phase of coming-to-terms with the past in Germany alongside—and sometimes in tension with—the memory of the National Socialist and East German pasts, raising new and difficult questions about what responsibility for historical wrongs means in practice, as well as about the future of Germany’s global reputation as a normative model for democratic confrontations with difficult pasts.

May 28, 2020

Building a Smarter German-American Partnership