Section B
B02
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.

Team

Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Dmitri van den
Bersselaar

Universität Leipzig
Institut für Afrikastudien
Room 2208
Beethovenstraße 15
04107 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-37035

Universität Leipzig
SFB 1199: “Verräumlichungsprozesse unter Globalisierungsbedingungen”
Room 5.03
Strohsackpassage
Nikolaistraße 6–10, 5th Floor
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-37745
Associate Member

Prof. Dr. Adam
Jones

Universität Leipzig
SFB 1199: “Verräumlichungsprozesse unter Globalisierungsbedingungen”
Room 5.03
Strohsackpassage
Nikolaistraße 6–10, 5th Floor
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-37744