Season 1 Episode 1, Part 2: Decolonizing Berlin

In Part 2, we continue the conversation on coloniality in Berlin with Dr. Noa Ha and Prof. Dr. Tahani Nadim to interrogate how decolonization is currently being understood within Berlin institutions. We also discuss our guests’ own positionalities within academia, museums, and political organizations, as well as the decolonial and anti-colonial methodologies they employ in their work and activism.

“When metaphor invades decolonization, it kills the very possibility of decolonization; it recenters whitness, it resettles theory, it extends innocence to the settler, it entertains a settler future.”

Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang
“Decolonization Is Not a Metaphor,” Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education, and Society, 1 (1) (2012): 1–40.

Episode 1, Part 2: Decolonizing Berlin

In Part 2, we continue the conversation on coloniality in Berlin with Dr. Noa Ha and Prof. Dr. Tahani Nadim to interrogate how decolonization is currently being understood within Berlin institutions.  We also discuss our guests’ own positionalities  within academia, museums, and political organizations, as well as the decolonial and anti-colonial methodologies they employ in their work and activism.

Photograph taken by edna bonhomme

Dr. Noa Ha
Born in West-Germany and child of an Indo-Dutch-German family, Noa Ha has directed the Center for Integration Research at the TU Dresden since 2018. After her formation as landscape gardener, she studied landscape planning at TU Berlin and did her doctorate in architecture on the topic of informality and racism exemplified by street vending in Berlin. She taught and researched in the areas of historical urbanism, urban sociology and the sociology of space at TU Berlin, Center for Metropolitan Studies, and the Humboldt-Universität. Her research investigates processes of urban production from decolonial, critical race theory, feminist and queer theory perspective. She’s a founding member of the “Critical Race, Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies Association” and was active in several organizations such as Migrationsrat Berlin-Brandenburg e.V., of korientation e.V. (an Asian German network) and of Critical Ethnic Studies Association (CESA).

Prof. Dr. Tahani Nadim

Prof. Dr. Tahani Nadim is Junior Professor for Socio-Cultural Anthropology in a joint appointment between the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and the Department for European Ethnology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and a researcher at CARMAH since 2017. Her interdisciplinary research combines the sociology and the anthropology of science and focuses on problematizing data practices and data infrastructures in biodiversity discovery and natural history collections. She heads the interdisciplinary research centre Humanities of Nature at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, which examines the politics of nature past and present. She also runs the experimental research unit Bureau for Troubles in which she collaborates with artists and curators. Her writings have appeared in Science as CultureBig Data & Society and the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. Her most recent exhibitions include The Influencing Machine (neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin 2018-19) and Dead wasps fly further (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, 2015).

Organizations and projects mentioned in this episode


Interviewed by edna bonhomme and. Kristyna Comer (April and May 2019)
Recordings by edna bonhomme and Kristyna Comer
Post-production by Kristyna Comer
Music by ispeakwaves (384935 and 439877, Attribution License, Creative Commons), pryght one (27130, Sampling+ License), scotcampbell (263709, Creative Commons 0 License), X3nus (450539, Attribution License, Creative Commons)
Logo by Nina Prader, Lady Liberty Press
Photo by edna bonhomme

Special thanks to Gina Grzimek, Stephanie Hood, Anja Krieger, Dr. Lisa Onaga, Nina Prader, Prof. Dr. Dagmar Schäfer, Karin Weninger, and Dr. Danyang Zhang.

Season 2, Episode 10: There is No One Vietnam

In this episode, edna bonhomme speaks with Dr. Thuc Linh Nguyen Vu about migration, cultural history, Vietnamese Polish relations, Black feminism, and African/Asian diasporas.


Dr. Thuc Linh Nguyen Vu is currently a postdoctoral fellow (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) in the Global History Division in the History Department at the Freie Universität in Berlin and will start her new position as a postdoctoral fellow at the Research Center for the History of Transformations (RECET) at the University of Vienna in October. Linh earned her PhD from the European University Institute in Florence.

Dr. Thuc Linh Nguyen Vu

Linh is currently working on a book manuscript that examines the intersection of pedagogy, everyday practices of care and radical bonds of loyalty in the formation of the dissident milieu around Jacek and Grażyna Kuroń under state socialism in Warsaw, Poland. By investigating the wealth of activity that took place in the private realm, this manuscript brings into light complex political identities, critical pedagogies and an embodied set of practices that unsettle the division between the public and the private.

Simultaneously, Linh is developing her second book-length project that looks at how East-South solidarities between Poland and Vietnam, under the global Cold War, decolonization and socialism, were made and unmade by international collaboration, cultural transfers and everyday encounters between Vietnamese students and Poles. Zooming in on the micro-histories of socialist solidarities allows us to ask how the experiences of students of color in late socialist Poland fit into the larger picture of global cultural and educational collaboration.


Ahmed, Sara. Living a Feminist Life (2017)

Burns, Anna. Milkman (2018)

Dandicat, Edwidge. Breath, Eyes, Memory (2003 [1994] )

Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta. From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (2016)


Tanti-Table Podcast

Love in the Time Of Corona

Queer WOC Podcast

Left POCket Project

Afrocomb Podcast

Tones of Melanin Podcast


Interview, editing, and production by edna bonhomme
Photos provided by Dr. Thuc Linh Nguyen Vu


A special thanks to Dr. Lisa Onaga and Dr. Daniela Rosner.

Season 2, Episode 9: Black Voices for Black Lives

In this episode, edna bonhomme speaks to four Black diasporic women and asks them about the current wave of Black Lives Matter protests and how they are shedding light on the racial strife happening in the United States and globally.

In Episode 9, edna bonhomme is in conversation with Melody Makeda Ledwon, Ekene Okobi, Kate Cheka, and Nyambura and starts in Berlin as an estimated 15,000 protesters gathered at Alexanderplatz to protest against anti-Black violence, systemic racism, and police brutality in Germany in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests and current uprisings throughout the US.

Black Lives Matter demo, Alexanderplatz, Berlin

This episode also includes excerpts by James Baldwin, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson. Please find complete biographies, links, a bibliography, and show notes below.

A special thanks to Melody Makeda Ledwon, Ekene Okobi, Kate Cheka, and Nyambura.


Educator/writer/performer whose practice is primarily in the domain of applied theater and social justice, and rooted in data driven narrative that takes many forms. Has staged and performed at the following venues: The British Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York Theatre Workshop, and Playwrights Horizons (NYC). 

Has reported or produced news stories for US-based shows PRI’s The World, Marketplace Radio, and WAMU, the Washington, DC National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate. Has produced, designed, and developed educational programming for the New York University (NYU) Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York Theatre Workshop, and University of the Arts, London (UAL). Has performed and devised extensively with NYC (USA)-based Forum Project Performance Troupe, which used Theater of the Oppressed (TO) techniques to devise interactive scenes inspired by the cast’s own personal stories and subsequent research. Co-devised The Birds and The Bees (Unabridged), a multimedia performance with creative collaborators at Honest Accomplice Theater from data culled from surveys and qualitative interviews on sexuality with more than 200 women. The Birds and the Bees enjoyed sold out runs in New York City, and also toured regional universities.


Kate Cheka is a (usually) Berlin-based graduate in MA Global Studies at the Humboldt University. Her thesis entitled “The Threat of European, Enlightenment Thinking in (Post)colonial Spaces” was inspired by her time at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. It deals in the exportation the hyper-rationality of European thinking to the Global South. Presenting the voices of feminist, decolonial, and marginalised theorists, it argues that the solutions to our present crises already exist but are often overlooked by Western hegemony. She is also a regular on the Berlin English-language comedy scene and hosts a podcast Love in the Time Of on THF Radio Berlin.

Cheka, Kate. “White Women and the Weaponisation of Victimhood.” DADDY Magazine (June 2020).

Listen to Episode 7 of Love in the Time Of Corona, in which Kate Cheka interviewed edna bonhomme and also Vanessa Júpiter and Daddypuss Rex. Released May 18,2020.

Listen to also Season 1, Episode 9: Beyond Survival: The (Post)colonial Comedian, in which Kate Cheka and edna bonhomme discuss the anti-colonial dimensions of laughter. Released January 22, 2020.


Coming from a background of cultural activism in Kenya, Nyambura relocated to Berlin for her MA studies in Cultural Diplomacy. Her research on the racial injustices of the American Criminal Justice system was the onset of her social justice activism in Berlin. She currently invests her energy and time in anti-oppression projects with EYFA, Globale Film Festival Berlin, and in photography.


Baldwin, James. “An Open Letter to My Sister, Miss Angela Davis, November 19, 1970. Published in: The New York Review of Books (January 7, 1970).

Hamer, Fannie Lou. Excerpt from Of Black America, episode 5, “The Heritage of Slavery,” interviewed by George Foster, CBS News documentary series, aired August 13, 1968,

Johnson, Gaye Theresa. Excerpt from “The Fire This Time: Race at Boiling Point,” A conversation with Angela Y. Davis, Herman Gray, Gaye Theresa Johnson, Robin D. G. Kelley, and Josh Kun that took place on June 5, 2020 and was hosted by University of California Humanities Research Institute.


Interview, editing, and production by edna bonhomme
Photo by edna bonhomme
Music: (Creative Commons)

Season 2 Episode 8: I don’t center domination

In this episode, edna bonhomme interviews Hiba Ali and they discuss COVID-19, multimedia performance art, surveillance, global shipping, Amazon, and modes of healing.

Image. A still from we are living: workers liberation as environmental justice, YouTube 360 Video, 2020

Hiba Ali is a digital artist, educator, scholar, DJ, experimental music producer and curator based across Chicago, IL, Austin, TX, and Toronto, ON. Her performances and videos concern surveillance, womxn of colour, and labour. She conducts reading groups addressing digital media and workshops with open-source technology. She is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queens University, Kingston, Canada. She has presented her work in Chicago, Stockholm, Toronto, New York, Istanbul, São Paulo, Detroit, Dubai, Austin, Vancouver, and Portland. She has written for THE SEEN Magazine, Newcity Chicago, Art Dubai, The State, VAM Magazine, ZORA: Medium, RTV Magazine, and Topical Cream Magazine.



Interview, editing, and production by edna bonhomme

Music by MattiaGiovanetti and NALALIONGIRL through (Creative Common)

Season 2 Episode 7: How do we decolonize everything?

In this episode, edna bonhomme interviews Mihir about the Black Lives Matter movement, climate justice, the history of resistance in the Global South, the German left, and the power of internationalism.

Mihir is a researcher with the group Anthropology of Global Inequalities at the University of Bayreuth where he also teaches courses in political anthropology. His current research project deals with social movements, race, class, and activism in St. Louis. Follow Mihir @mihirzabaan on Twitter, or

Groups mentioned in the podcast

Black Earth Berlin BIPOC Environmental and Climate Justice Collective Berlin Bloque Latinoamericano Berlin Xart Splitta ISD Berlin, Berlin Postkolonial, Black Lives Matter Berlin, EOTO Reclaim the Power UK Wretched of the Earth


„Climate Futures“. ZED Books,

Jaskiran Dhillon, Tami Navarro, and Macarena Gómez-Barris in conversation on the politics and theory of climate change. Recorded at Verso Books in Brooklyn, September 13, 2018.:

Senthuran Varatharajah:

Comaroff, Jean, and John L. Comaroff. Theory from the South: Or, How Euro-America is Evolving Toward Africa. Routledge, 2016.

Estes, Nick. Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance. Verso, 2019.

Malm, Andreas. Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam-Power and the Roots of Global Warming. Verso (UK), 2015.

Verges, Francoise. “Racial Capitalocene.”,

Yusoff, Kathryn. A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None. University of Minnesota Press, 2018.

Schneider-Mayerson, Matthew, und Brent Ryan Bellamy, Herausgeber. An ecotopian lexicon. University of Minnesota Press, 2019.


Interview, editing, and production by edna bonhomme

Music by MattiaGiovanetti and NALALIONGIRL through (Creative Common)

Season 2 Episode 6: If we are not careful, memories die…or are stolen

In this episode, edna bonhomme and Skye Tinevimbo Chirape discuss Decolonising Forensic Psychology, migration, and decolonial research practices especially as it relates to the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Photo credit. fotobooth, Durban, South Africa.

Skye is a Forensic Psychology scholar and doctorate candidate at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. Her research, provisionally titled, ‘The Hare and the Baboon: Human (In)Security, migration and victimisation of African LGBT asylum seekers in the context of the UK asylum interview process investigates broader issues around structural violence and the ongoing conversation on the politics of migration and borders of gender and sexuality. It specifically centres African LGBT persons seeking asylum in the UK. Skye is also a part time lecturer (teaching post-graduate Political Psychology) and a member of, the hub for decolonial feminist Psychologies in Africa at UCT. Skye’s visual activism has continued to centre migration, gender & sexuality, trauma, structural violence, gendered violence and decolonial feminist psychology. In the recent years Skye’s academic and community work has focused on the conversation of trauma, decolonising work on trauma, healing / healing justice, collective healing and holding space within black LGBTIQ+ communities and movements. Skye’s MSc in Forensic research; “He was treated like a criminal”. Evaluating the impact of detention related trauma on LGBTI refugees, has been presented at universities in London, New York, Amsterdam and Berlin and, was published in 2018.  

In the past Skye has worked for the UK criminal justice system specialised in sexual offending and Intimate Partner Violence/ homicide. Often in collaborating with other artists and organisations, she has used visual art/ activism to examine geopolitical issues, drawing from personal/ lived experiences. Skye has curated exhibitions in London, taken part in the 10th Berlin Biennale performance, and participated in an exchange with the British artist Emma McGarry, at the Tate Modern gallery.  In 2018 Skye appeared on the cover of Diva Magazine; in 2014 on the cover of Complexd woman magazine and was nominated for a BEFFTA award in 2010. In 2014 Skye was identified as one of 15 British based womxn campaigners making changes in the world and was published in the book, Here We Stand: Women changing the world.

Left side: featuring Skye sitting down, a collaboration between Cloudy Moroni & Skye Skyetshookii, 2014.
Right side: a person lowering their knickers is from an exhibition that Skye co-curated with Priscillar Gurupira and the image belongs to a Zimbabwean artist, Nancy Mteki.


“He was treated like a criminal”: Evaluating the impact of detention related trauma on LGBTIQ refugees.

• Chirape, S. R. T. (2018). He was treated like a criminal”: Evaluating the impact of detention related trauma on LGBTI refugees In The Colour of Madness. Stirling Publishing edited by Linton, S. and Walcott, R. Skiddaw publishers.

• Chirape, S. R. T. (2015). Trauma: Not just for the victims, a review. Convenor: Lorraine Perry. Published in The Forensic Update No 119, 2015.

• Skyetshookii[1], S. (2017). Hidden in the open: An honorarium essay to

South African photographer, Zanele Muholi’s body of photographic work, Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness, catalogue edited by Renee Mussai. Autograph ABP, London.

• Chirape, S. R.T. (2014). The freedom of others, In Here we stand: Women changing the world. Edited by Helena Earnshaw and Angharad Penrhyn Jones. Honno, UK.

• Chirape, S. R.T. (2014). The ritual communication of (black queer) bodies in The Ladybeard magazine. The Sex issue. UK.

• Skyetshookii, S. (2014). Transgender day of Remembrance: An artist view. Published on the Commonwealth writers’ website.


Interview and editing by edna bonhomme

Assistance by Kristyna Comer
Music by MattiaGiovanetti (477877, Attribution License, Creative Commons), NALALIONGIRL (442612, Attribution License, Creative Commons), X3nus (450539, Attribution License, Creative Commons), zagi2 ( 265251, Attribution License, Creative Commons)

Season 2, Episode 5: Apologies are not Enough

In this episode, edna bonhomme interviewed Will Fredo Furtado about the development and continuation of colonialism in art museums and art biennale, as well as the controversies surrounding an Afrofuturist exhibition in Berlin that failed to feature a Black artist and Will’s  efforts to democratize writing in Latin America and the African continent. 

Will Fredo Furtado is a non-binary artist, writer and editor exploring power dynamics, cultural dislocation and the intersection of pop culture, decolonial thought, kuirness and technology. Born in Portugal of Guatemalan and Cape Verdean heritage, Will is based in Berlin, Germany. Since 2017 Will is the deputy editor of Contemporary And, an art platform focused on African perspectives, and previously the art and digital editor at Sleek, an art and fashion magazine. In their artistic practice Will Fredo Furtado works with images and text to explore decoloniality and Global South epistemologies. Will has exhibited with institutions and art projects including Ludwig Forum Aachen, Körnerpark Galerie Berlin, Supplement Projects Miami, 1.1 Basel, and Sharjah Film Platform.


Will Furtado, Contributions in Contemporary And

Will Furtado, An Afrofuturism Show With No Black Artists: What Went Wrong at Berlin’s Künstlerhaus Bethanien?

Will Furtado, Articles in Sleek Magazine

Will Furtado, Instagram

Will Furtado, Tumblr


Interview and editing by edna bonhomme
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Season 2, Episode 4: Finding Pleasure in the Age of Corona

In this episode, edna bonhomme interviewed Lee Richards and Camille Barton, two queer decolonial activists and researchers living in Berlin about their practice of somatic healing. We also discussed how they are coping with COVID-19, what is happening in their communities abroad, and how we can help marginalized communities navigate through this current crisis. We spoke about the intersections of wellness, care, and social justice.

Description text:

Lee Richards

Lee Richards, also known by their stage name Daddypuss Rex, is an intersectional gender terrorist with a big mouth and who isn’t afraid to use it. Based in Berlin, they are a multidisciplinary artist/poet/stand up comedian and co-producer of the Queer talk show ‘Just The T’ . They often use a mix of humor and poetry to navigate topics such as anti-Blackness, racism, transphobia and general colonial nonsense – the goal is to touch hearts, minds, and butts…with active consent! Additionally, Lee is a yoga teacher whose classes center Black and Queer experiences, narratives and bodies of all shapes, sizes and abilities – giving space to practitioners to fully exercise their agency on and off the mat. Their goal here is to decolonize the practice of yoga and to bring it to marginalized communities that are often overlooked by the colonial cishetero patriarchy that is prevalent in the (yoga) world today. Their teaching style combines elements from the Hatha Vinyasa Vedic system as well as traditional African (Kemetic/Smai Tawi) postures, movements, and philosophies. Lee uses yoga as a means to connect people to their own bodies, to their own minds, and ultimately to their own higher selves.

Follow them on Instagram: @daddypuss.rex

Camille Barton

Camille Barton is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, facilitator, coach and somatic movement practitioner, working on the intersections of wellness, arts, drug policy, and social change. They are the director of the Collective Liberation Project and co-produced RE:GENERATE, a Black centered UK arts festival focusing on the intersections of drug policy, racial justice, and liberation.
Their film, Space is the Place, made in association with C4 Random Acts, can be found here.



Barton, Camille and Imani Robinson. “Drug Policy and the Fight for Black Lives.” Vice, Nov. 2, 2017.

Koram, Kojo, ed. The War on Drugs and the Global Colour Line. London: Pluto Press, 2019.

“The Colour of Injustice: ‘Race’, drugs and law enforcement in England and Wales” 2016/17 report conducted by StopWatch, Release, and LSE’s International Drug Policy Unit on how Black and minority ethnic communities are impacted by drug law enforcement in England and Wales


LGBTQIA+ & WOMXN RELIEF FOR COVID-19, organized by Karada House, Berlin:

@intersectional.solidarity (paypal):




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Ayuda call for donation for Covid-19 relief in the Philippines


Ayuda: Hope Through Action. The Philippine Studies
Series Berlin together with PhilNetz e.V. Philippinisches Diaspora
Netzwerk, Tipon, Philippinenbüro e.V., and Babaylan Germany e.V. are
calling for donations to provide personal protective equipment for the
Amai Pakpak Medical Center in Marawi City and food and hygiene packs to
urban poor and indigenous communities in the Philippines.

(German translation below)

We also have an online one-week event where musicians and artists
contribute their pre-recorded performances and artworks to help us
publicise the call. We have been able to get some famous Filipino/a/x
musicians to contribute 🙂 Here is the link (the uploaded performances
are in the Discussion):

“Ayuda Na! Community, Art, & Music for Covid-19 Relief
in the Philippines: Catch online performances and artworks by
Filipino/a/x artists from various parts of the world in this one-week
event in support of Ayuda: Hope Through Action call for donation.”

These are difficult and uncertain times as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Globally, the virus has infected more than a million people and claimed tens of thousands of lives. We worry for our health and those of our family and friends. We worry for the effects on our societies and economies of the restrictions that have been put in place to help contain the spread of the virus.

The pandemic’s repercussions will be felt differently across the globe, with some populations likely to suffer more than others. Particularly vulnerable are places like the Philippines where there are relatively frail health systems and where large segments of the population have precarious livelihoods. This may seem distant from us here in Germany, yet as this virus has shown us, we live in a global village–what happens in one part of the world sends out ripples that reach the farthest corners.

This need not lead us to despair, but to hope, as it means that we are also capable of solidarity based on our interconnection. And, as the writer Arundhati Roy has said of this crisis: “Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.” Yet hope and imagination are not enough. We need hope that gives birth to action, and action that unites people in hope.



Through an online donation drive that we, groups and organizations across Germany, have set up to help a hospital and the most vulnerable in the Philippines.

Timeframe: April 6 – 20, 2020
• Every day/hour/minute counts! We would like to send help as soon as possible.

Goal: € 4,000
• € 30 will feed a family of six members for two weeks and provide them with hygiene kits.
• € 30 will also purchase a set of personal protective equipment (mask, gown, and shoe cover) for a frontliner.
• € 4,000 (or more!) would definitely go a long way!


Please send your donation to:

Account name: Philnetz e.V.
Bank: Commerzbank Bonn
Account No.: 1110956
BLZ: 38040007
IBAN: DE55 3804 0007 0111 0956 00

Kindly indicate in your bank transfer Verwendungszweck or Purpose: Ayuda Spende. Please include your name, postal address, and email address so PhilNetz can send you a receipt of your donation.

Paypal: If you prefer to donate via Paypal, kindly send to Paypal account Please indicate Purpose: Ayuda, and include your name, postal address, and email address. These information and your donation will then be forwarded to PhilNetz who will issue your receipt.



APMC is the main hospital in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, a city torn apart by the 2017 war that displaced 98 percent of its population. Many of the displaced continue to languish in crowded evacuation camps, at high risk of coronavirus infection. As of April 4, there were 7 confirmed COVID cases at APMC, four of whom died. There are 29 persons under investigation in Lanao del Sur, and hundreds more are being monitored as suspected COVID cases. The hospital has appealed for help for 100 personal protective equipment sets (N95 mask, blue gown, shoe cover), hazmat suits (30 pcs large, 50 pcs XL, 20 pcs XXL), and ventilators.

Coalition Against Trafficking In Women – Asia Pacific (CATW-AP)

CATW-AP has been delivering relief goods, including basic food and hygiene supplies to women victims of sex trafficking and extra-judicial killings, and their families in the poor communities, who are most at risk from COVID-19. Your donation will help them provide rice and vegetables that they get directly from farmers, to keep them healthy enough to fight illness, as well as soap and other supplies that can help them remain safe from COVID-19.

KATRIBU, BAI Indigenous Women’s NetworkSandugo – Movement of Moro and Indigenous Peoples for Self-Determination

KATRIBU and their partner organizations will deliver urgent food relief and hygiene packs to indigenous communities, such as the Dumagat in Sitio Nayon, Barangay Sta. Ines, Tanay, Rizal and Barangay Magsikap, General Nakar, Quezon; Tumanduk communities in Barangay Lahug, Tapaz, Panay Island; and Aetas in villages of Nabuclod, Mawacat and Camachile in Floridablanca, Pampanga.

Let us do this together – healthy and safe, hand in hand!

With deep gratitude,

Philippine Studies Series Berlin
PhilNetz e.V. Philippinisches Diaspora Netzwerk
Philippinenbuero Im Asienhaus
Babaylan Germany – The Philippine Women’s Network in Europe

(Deutsche Version)

Spenden für die Corona-Krise auf den Philippinen

Wir hoffen, dass Sie und Ihre Angehörigen bei guter Gesundheit und guter Laune sind. Es sind schwierige und unsichere Zeiten, in denen wir uns mit der COVID-19-Pandemie befassen. Weltweit hat das Virus mehr als eine Million Menschen infiziert und Zehntausende von Todesopfern gefordert. Wir sorgen uns um unsere Gesundheit und die unserer Familie und Freunde. Wir sorgen uns um die Auswirkungen auf unsere Gesellschaften und Volkswirtschaften, die die Beschränkungen zur Eindämmung der Ausbreitung des Virus mit sich tragen.

Die Auswirkungen der Pandemie werden weltweit unterschiedlich empfunden, wobei einige Bevölkerungsgruppen mehr unter ihnen leiden werden als andere. Besonders anfällig sind Orte wie die Philippinen, wo es relativ schwache Gesundheitssysteme gibt und wo große Teile der Bevölkerung eine prekäre Existenzgrundlage haben. Dies mag uns hier in Deutschland weit entfernt erscheinen, doch wie uns dieses Virus gezeigt hat, leben wir in einem globalen Dorf — was in einem Teil der Welt geschieht, sendet Wellen aus, die bis in die entferntesten Ecken der Welt reichen.

Doch anstatt an der Pandemie zu verzweifeln, kann sie auch Hoffnung schaffen — nämlich dafür, dass wir auch zu Solidarität fähig sind, die auf unserer gemeinsamen Vernetzung beruht. So schreibt die Schriftstellerin Arundhati Roy über diese Krise: “Historisch gesehen haben Pandemien die Menschen gezwungen mit der Vergangenheit zu brechen und sich ihre Welt neu vorzustellen. Diese ist nicht anders. Sie ist ein Portal, eine Pforte zwischen einer Welt und der nächsten.” Doch Hoffnung und Phantasie reichen nicht aus. Wir brauchen Hoffnung, die Taten hervorbringt, und Taten, die Menschen in der Hoffnung vereinen.



Durch eine Online-Spendenaktion, die wir (Gruppen und Organisationen in ganz Deutschland) eingerichtet haben, um einem Krankenhaus und den am meisten gefährdeten Menschen auf den Philippinen zu helfen.

Der Zeitrahmen: 6. bis 20. April 2020

• Jede_r Tag/Stunde/Minute zählt! Wir möchten so schnell wie möglich Hilfe schicken.

Ziel: 4.000 €

• Mit 30 € wird eine sechsköpfige Familie zwei Wochen lang ernährt und mit Hygienesets ausgestattet.
• Mit 30 € wird auch ein Satz an persönlicher Schutzausrüstung (Maske, Kittel und Schuhüberzug) für eine_n systemrelevante_n Frontliner_in angeschafft.
• 4.000 € (oder mehr!) können bereits sehr viel auswirken!


Bitte senden Sie Ihre Spende an:

Kontoinhaber_in: Philnetz e.V.
Bank: Commerzbank Bonn
Konto Nr.: 1110956
BLZ: 38040007
IBAN: DE55 3804 0007 0111 0956 00

Bitte geben Sie bei Ihrer Überweisung folgenden Verwendungszweck an: Ayuda Spende.
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APMC ist das Hauptkrankenhaus in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. Die Stadt wurde durch den Krieg von 2017, der 98 Prozent der Bevölkerung vertrieben hat, auseinandergerissen. Viele der Vertriebenen harren weiterhin in überfüllten Evakuierungslagern aus, wobei ein hohes Risiko einer Coronavirusinfektion besteht. Am 4. April gab es in der APMC sieben bestätigte COVID-Fälle, von denen vier starben. In Lanao del Sur werden 29 Personen untersucht, und Hunderte weitere werden als COVID-Verdachtsfälle überwacht. Das Krankenhaus hat um Hilfe für 100 persönliche Sets an Schutzausrüstung (N95-Maske, Operationskittel, Schuhüberzug), Chemikalienschutzanzüge (30 St. L, 50 St. XL, 20 St. XXL) und Beatmungsgeräte gebeten.


Die NGO CATW-AP liefert Hilfsgüter in die armen Gemeinden, die durch die Erkrankung an COVID-19 am meisten gefährdet bzw. am verletzlichsten sind: die Hilfeleistungen umfassen Grundnahrungsmittel und Hygieneartikel, die vor allem Frauen, die Opfer von Sexhandel und extralegalen Tötungen wurden, sowie ihren Familien, zur Verfügung gestellt werden. Mit Ihrer Spende verhelfen Sie CATW-AP, Reis und Gemüse zu verteilen, welches sie direkt von Bauern erhalten, um weiterhin ausreichend gesund und in der Lage bleiben zu können, Krankheiten abzuwehren. Außerdem erhalten sie auf diesem Wege Seife und andere Hilfsgüter, die Schutz vor einer COVID-19 Erkrankung bieten.


KATRIBU und ihre Partnerorganisationen werden dringende Nahrungsmittelhilfen und Hygienepakete liefern: an indigene Gemeinschaften wie die Dumagat in Sitio Nayon, Barangay Sta. Ines, Tanay, Rizal und Barangay Magsikap, General Nakar, Quezon; Tumanduk-Gemeinden in Barangay Lahug, Tapaz, Insel Panay; und an Aetas in den Dörfern Nabuclod, Mawacat und Camachile in Floridablanca, Pampanga.

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Season 2, Episode 3: What it means to be Black in the Union Jack

In this episode of the Decolonization in Action Podcast, edna bonhomme and Dr. Christienna Fryar discuss the history of Britain and the Caribbean and what it means to be teaching 500 years of Black British history. Recognizing that Black British history has only recently starting to gain institutional support in the British academy, Dr. Fryar puts institutional practices in context, discussing how history departments have for so long separated the colonial history of the British Empire from British domestic history as well as marginalized histories of migration within the UK and intellectual contributions of Black Britons. Sharing her work on Jamaica post-emancipation and Britain after the abolition of slavery in 1834, Dr. Fryar refutes and carefully unpacks the implications of the national myth of humanitarian Britain after abolition and exposes ongoing racism and imperial expansion after the end of slavery. Linking this myth and the division between the British imperial and domestic histories with the present-day realities in the Caribbean and for Black Britons, especially in reference to the recent Windrush crisis, Dr. Fryar addresses what is at stake when the colonial past and its aftermath are not fully accounted for.


Dr. Christienna Fryar is a historian of Britain and the Caribbean, focusing on Britain’s imperial entanglements in the Caribbean region. Her work embeds modern British history within the fields of comparative slavery and emancipation, and she is finishing a book about disaster politics and imperial governance in postemancipation Jamaica. She occasionally comments—usually on Twitter—about the state of higher education in the US and the UK. She is also a 2020 AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker.


Chritienna Fryar, “The Narrative of Ann Pratt: Life-Writing, Genre and Bureaucracy in a Postemancipation Scandal,” History Workshop Journal 85 (Spring 2018): 265-279. 

Chritienna Fryar, “The Work of Disappointment,” critical essay on Yarimar Bonilla, Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015) in Small Axe 21, no. 2 (July 2017): 193-200.

Chritienna Fryar, “Imperfect Models: The Kingston Lunatic Asylum Scandal and the Problem of Postemancipation Imperialism,” Journal of British Studies 55, no. 4 (Oct. 2016): 709-727.

Chritienna Fryar, “The Moral Politics of Cholera in Postemancipation Jamaica,” Slavery & Abolition 34, no. 4 (2013): 598-618.

Chritienna Fryar, “Decolonising History: Enquiry and Practice,” conversation roundtable piece with Amanda Behm, Emma Hunter, Elisabeth Leake, Su Lin Lewis, and Sarah Miller-Davenport, History Workshop Journal 89 (Spring 2020): 169-191 


Interviews, recordings, and post-production by edna bonhomme
Assistance by Kristyna Comer

Music by NALALIONGIRL (442612, Attribution License, Creative Commons) and X3nus (450539, Attribution License, Creative Commons)

Season 2, Episode 2: Migrant Chronicles in the Age of Coronavirus

What do migrants living in Berlin think about the novel coronavirus pandemic?

Angela Merkel declared that up to 70% of Germany could be infected by COVID-19, leading to nationwide public health measures and the closure of the borders. For migrants living in Berlin, COVID-19 is raising questions about the health conditions of loved ones living abroad, as well as the rise of draconian measures that are linked with increased surveillance internationally. During this episode, edna bonhomme speaks with two anticolonial migrants based in Berlin. First, she talks with Mugo Muna, a Kenyan American data analyst and organiser with Berlin’s inaugural Anti-Colonial month, who discusses the impact on the virus in Kenya, the United States, and Berlin. Then, she spoke with Jennifer Kamau, a Kenyan co-founder of International Womxn* Space, about the ways refugees are navigating through the pandemic in Germany and the importance of solidarity.

Mugo Muna is a Kenyan American data analyst by day and a 2D animator by night. He is one of many key activists who helped to organise Berlin’s inaugural Anti-Colonial Month in 2019. He has given talks on the relationship between surveillance and colonialism.

Mugo Muna.

Jennifer Kamau is a co-founder of International Women Space (IWS), an anti-racist feminist group consisting of refugee migrant women as well as women without this experience. The group was formed during the occupation of Oranienplatz (a square in Berlin’s district of Kreuzberg) and the Gehart-Hauptmann School in Berlin-Kreuzberg. IWS fosters solidarity and cooperation among migrant women, publishes books and organises campaigns, protests and conferences on the topics of seeking asylum and migrant women’s struggles. In 2017, IWS organised “Als ich nach Deutschland Kam” (“When I came to Germany“), a two-day conference in Berlin. During the conference, different women shared their experience in six panel discussions: women who came to West Germany as guest-workers; women who came to East Germany as contract workers; women who came as migrants and refugees to reunified Germany as well as women who are affected by racism.

Jennifer Kamau.

Ngoc Bui is a Vietnamese-American currently studying social work and human rights in Berlin. 


How to Provide Support for Migrants to Combat the Coronavirus in Berlin

Berlin Anticolonial Month

International Women Space

Berlin Information about Coronavirus related resources


Aïssa Sica, Storyteller and Creator of Womxn* of Color Blog

Jennifer Speaking for International Womxn* Space at the March to Commemorate the African victims of enslavement, colonialism, and racist violence on 29 February 2020 in Berlin, Germany.

International Women Space, ALS ICH NACH DEUTSCHLAND KAM(Unrast Verlag / in Vorverkauf) [“When I came to Germany“- Unrast Verlag], 2019

International Women Space, UNS GIBT ES, WIR SIND HIER(Publikation im Selbstverlag) [“We exist, we are here“- self-published], 2018

International Women Space, IN UNSEREN EIGENEN WORTEN (Publikation im Selbstverlag) [“In our own words”- self-published], 2015


Interview and editing by edna bonhomme
Assistance by Ngoc Bui
Music by MattiaGiovanetti (477877, Attribution License, Creative Commons), NALALIONGIRL (442612, Attribution License, Creative Commons), X3nus (450539, Attribution License, Creative Commons), zagi2 ( 265251, Attribution License, Creative Commons)