Research AreaAfrican History / Colonial History
Based on the history of “Berlin’s Africa”, the project traces the formation, development, and decline of a globally effective colonial spatial order. The term refers to the Berlin Conference of 1884/85, where a free trade area was agreed and the making of a colonial spatial order was triggered. We reconstructed how “Berlin’s Africa” was translocally and interimperially negotiated over decades. The project focuses on the limitations of “Berlin’s Africa”, which became increasingly visible from the 1910s onwards. As a theorizing contribution, the project deals with the dissolution of a spatial order and the loss of efficacy of a spatial format.