‚Decolonizing Eastern Europe‘ is a working group that critically examines the discourses of the postcolonial and decolonial in relation to Eastern Europe in the broadest sense. We are dedicated to the self-perception that exists in Eastern European discourses on colonization and decolonization, as well as to the international academic discourses around the (Western) image and concept of Eastern Europe. There is a tension here that needs to be examined: on the one hand, there were no ‚real‘ colonies in Eastern Europe, and on the other hand, we find a growing desire to apply decolonial and postcolonial thinking to the post-socialist space. This, in turn, is characterized by some scholars as irrational. This is, according to the thesis of the working group, one of the most important conflicts of our present. The working group regularly organizes public seminars and lectures as well as occasional workshops. Our previous thematic publications can be found here.

Semester plan for the SoSe 23

Topic: Orientalism and Occidentalism – Postcolonial Basics


Homi K. Bhabha: „Of Mimicry and Man: The Ambivalence of Colonial Discourse,“ in: October 28 (1984), pp. 125-133, translated as. The Ambivalence of Colonial Discourse“: in: Ders: The Location of Culture, Tübingen 2000, pp. 125-136.


Birgit Mersmann und Hauke Ohls, “Okzidentalismen. West-Projektionen und -Reflexionen im Zeichen pluraler Diversifizierung”, in dies. (Hg.), Okzidentalismen. Projektionen und Reflexionen des Westens in Kunst, Ästhetik und Kultur, transcript, 2022, S. 7-20 und Auszug aus Julia Allerstorfer: “Of Mimicry and (Western) Art“, ebd. S. 257-290.

[01.05.23 holiday]


Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness, Edinburgh 1902. film or book (91 p.).


Edward Said: „Two Visions in Heart of Darkness,“ in Ders: Culture and Imperialism, New York 1993, pp. 19-31.


Diskussion über die Ausstellung „Өмә [ome]; baschkirisch für ‚kollektive Selbsthilfepraktiken'“ (Berlin).

Text: Eve Tuck; K. Wayne Yang: Decolonization is not a metaphor, in: Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, Vol.1, No.1, 2012, pp. 1-­40.


Stuart Hall: „The Spectacle of the Other,“ in Ders, Jessica Evans and Sean Nixon (eds.): Representation (2nd ed.), London 1997/2013, pp. 215-271.



Always Mondays, at 6:15 p.m. Location: Wartenau 16, Hamburg, House A.

Or via Zoom: https://uni-hamburg.zoom.us/j/69428217376

Meeting ID: 694 2821 7376; ID code: 52306292

Registration under e-mail: decolonizeee@protonmail.com