In Europe, the colonial period has time and time again been framed as a Golden Age, a time of prosperity and development. In this frame, European countries ignore the dark side, the atrocities, the impact they have had on skewed power structures and existing inequalities today. We must not ignore the past, or merely change the words we use to talk about this past. We have to critically reexamine this past and take responsibility for it to change our perception of Europe today. In this panel debate, we thus aim to view citizenship in the light of history, rather than in the light of man-made borders.
The evening will be introduced by Dutch writer David van Reybrouck (author of Congo), followed up by philosopher Haroon Sheikh and historian Nira Wickramasinghe-Samarasinghe. Our moderator is Wim Manuhutu, historian and heritage specialist.
Make a reservation for this evening at: https://dezwijger.nl/programma/whose-europe-is-it