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What does Hamburg mean to you?

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A project of the “Virtual Participation Laboratory for (Post-) Colonial Culture of Remembrance in Hamburg” as part of the HOOU.

What does Hamburg mean to you? What is the "gateway to the world"?

So far, an interview with several people from Hamburg has been conducted with these questions, which resulted in an audio walk through Hamburg. We asked people who help shape the social, political and cultural life of our city.

The aim of the project is to use short interviews to explore the colonial landscapes of the city through short interviews in Hamburg residents who have dealt with the colonial history of the city and are still involved.

Does this create a non-representative opinion on the presence of colonialism in public space? Perhaps the project is not a representative image for Hamburg - but this is not about representation, but about participation. And participation means: to be ready and to let through experiences that do not correspond to the “mainstream”. Participation means: allowing the bridges, ambivalences and wounds in history instead of bringing them together somewhere by vote or decree or simply leaving them out for lack of the necessary quotas.

An eventful walk through the colonial places of remembrance in Hamburg awaited you.

Good listening,

Tania Mancheno

 

# 1 What does Hamburg mean to you? Interview: LaToya Manly-Spain by Tania Mancheno

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Our podcast series begins with an interview with the musician, artist, activist and politician LaToya Manly-Spain. LaToya describes her perception of the city of Hamburg as a post-colonial space. The focus of the conversation outlines the struggles for a decolonial culture of remembrance and the possibilities of a decolonial space in Hamburg.


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# 2 What does Hamburg mean to you? Interview with Katharina Kellermann

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The podcast series “What does Hamburg mean for you?” Presents this week an interview with the artist and activist Katharina Kellermann. The interview deals with the possible role of art in the design of alternative cultures of remembrance in public space, also with thoughts that lead us out of the urban center of Hamburg.

Katharina Kellermann is part of the feminist collective SWOOSH LIEU and the graduate school “Performing Citizenship” with a research project on “Sound as a medium of memory culture”. In this context, she created an acoustic mapping of post-colonial Hamburg, which also works on some aspects of the interview from an artistic perspective.

The sound-based multilingual project, which was implemented in cooperation with the Hamburg Postkolonial working group, among others, can be accessed here: how-to-hear-the-invisible.org.


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# 3 What does Hamburg mean to you? Interview with Millicent Adjei

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Our audio walk “What does Hamburg mean to you?” Presents this week an interview with the Hamburg social economist Millicent Adjei. She is involved in various critical decolonization movements in Germany and is a co-founder of the board of directors of the non-profit association Arca - African Education Center. As a trainer, lecturer and coach, she promotes the unlearning of internalized and cultural racism in adult education. In the first part of the interview, Ms. Adjei tells us about her perception of the city, which is shaped by childhood memories, whose colonial heritage she only recognized as an adult. In the second part of the interview, she reports on the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, which is an important first step in coming to terms with the history of slavery and human trafficking.

Good listening,
Tania Mancheno


# 4 What does Hamburg mean to you? Interview with Soledad Granada

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Our audio walk “What does Hamburg mean to you?” This week presents an interview with the social scientist and peace activist Soledad Granada. The interview will be conducted in English.

Born in Colombia, Ms. Granada has lived in Hamburg since 2013. In this short time she has already accompanied and helped shape a number of important events in the city. The content of her academic and activist work is peace in the post-war society. In the conversation, central associations are named that facilitate an introduction to the post-colonial understanding of the city. Mobility in the city is thought of together with the right to freedom of movement and collective memory is derived from the protest movement for a right to stay in Hamburg.

Good listening,

Tania Mancheno

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# 5 What does Hamburg mean to you? Interview with Ali Fathi

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Our audio walk "What does Hamburg mean to you?" This week presents an interview with communication scientist Dr. Ali Fathi. In the interview, further colonial landscapes of Hamburg are discovered. Fathi tells from his biography, which took him from Iran to Hamburg. We talk about fleeing and arriving in the port city, where a harmonious life is especially valuable for the investment climate. How is migration remembered in the city? Fathi locates the story of a migration to Hamburg from the 15th century. To do this, he deciphers the migrant and colonial traces left behind in urban space.

Dr. Fathi is a systemic coach and expert on anti-racism and anti-discrimination. He is the founder of the association Miteinanders and a member of the Silent University Hamburg.

Good listening,

Tania Mancheno


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# 6 What does Hamburg mean to you? Interview with Natalie Lazar

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The podcast series “What does Hamburg mean for you?” Presents its # 6 and last post this week - an interview with the dramaturge and author Natalie Lazar.

Natalie Lazar lived in different European countries before she came back to Northern Germany and moved to Hamburg. As a literary scholar and political scientist, Lazar has been working in the theater field since 2012. In her work and projects she is repeatedly concerned with the search for identity and belonging. Language and (memory) locations play a special role, and the question of whether and how they can create connections or refuse them.

The culture of remembrance in the city is discussed in conversation with Lazar. What is collective memory? What do the new urban landscapes on the Elbe remind of?
HafenCity not only represents an important local urban development, but also represents, as worldwide examples show, a new trend in the redevelopment of post-colonial port cities. Lazar also addresses the lack of memory she felt in HafenCity and counteracts it with her personal experience of urban space using the example of the coffee bean colossus on the Coffee Plaza in HafenCity.
She shares with us the ship-like associations that the architecture of the city of HafenCity evokes for her and connects them with individual experiences at places of remembrance of the Holocaust.

Good listening,
Tania Mancheno


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Alexander Gischler CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0

© Katharina Kellermann

© Millicent Adjei

© Soledad Granada

© Ali Fathi

© Natalie Lazar