Section B
Research Area
African History / Colonial History

Spatial and Temporal Limitations of “Berlin’s Africa”: Between the Decline of a Spatial Format and the Dissolution of a Spatial Order

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.


Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Dmitri van den

Universität Leipzig
Institut für Afrikastudien
Room 2208
Beethovenstraße 15
04107 Leipzig
Tel: +49 – (0) 341 97 37 035

Phone: +49 341 97-37035

Universität Leipzig
SFB 1199
Room 5.03
Nikolaistraße 6–10, 5th Floor
04109 Leipzig
Tel: +49 – (0) 341 97 377 45

Phone: +49 341 97-37745


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