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To shed light on German colonial history is a central concern of the Humboldt Forum, as both the history of the site and the collections presented here are set in colonial contexts.

A little-noticed starting point of German colonialism is the Brandenburg colony of Groß-Friedrichsburg, which existed from 1683 to 1718 in what is now Ghana on the west coast of Africa.

Elector Friedrich Wilhelm had sent Otto von der Gröben on the journey in 1682 in order to secure Brandenburg a share in the transatlantic trade (also) with enslaved people by establishing the base. After his return, Gröben published the 'Guineische Reisebeschreibung' and dedicated it to his client / patron.

With literary scholar Gabriele Leschke, we approach this book and gain deep insights into the thought patterns, language and social frameworks that shaped European colonialism and its continuing impact.

Participants: Dr Gabriele Leschke, Dr Alfred Hagemann

Dr Gabriele Leschke is a literary scholar and graduate librarian. She works as head of department at the Central and Regional Library in Berlin. In addition to her dissertation on Otto Friedrich von der Gröben, the chairwoman of the Johann Gottfried Schnabel Society has written essays on the interactions between Prussian history and German literature, on Johann Gottfried Schnabel and on library topics.

- Language: German
- Venue: Room 3 at the Humboldt Forum
- from 14 years
- Wheelchair accessible
- Price: 5,00 EUR / 2,50 EUR reduced

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