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The Berlin Center for Global Engagement (BCGE) organizes in different formats and often in cooperation with other institutional partners events with international experts around the topics of science cooperation with the 'Global South', academic freedom and science diplomacy.

Current Events

Mining colonial museums: data, archives, storerooms, A BCGE-funded intervention of the Museum and Society Project at the Berlin Science Week, November 5, 2022, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

During the imperial era, museums played a pivotal role in the often violent extraction of cultural heritage, natural specimens, and raw materials. In the last decades, artists, scholars, and activists have critically assessed this history, calling on museums to engage with their colonial legacies and take a stance against racism. Departing from the history of minerals, our four interventions explore different historical contexts of colonial extraction in Africa, from Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Namibia to Tanzania and Cameroon. We ask the question: What is not visible in this room? The intervention will draw on the results of the BCGE-funded project Colonial Collections in Berlin Universities.

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Past Events

Panel discussion „Intersections of Science and Diplomacy – The Impact of Science on Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis”, a joint event of DAAD and Berlin University Alliance, October 6, 2022 Berlin

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Doing research in times of crisis: displaced scholars, dangerous field work, and the role of the university. A view from Berlin, organized with Academics in Solidarity at the Deutsche Orientalistentag, September 12, 2022, Berlin

Berlin4Ukraine: Meet & Learn – A Networking Event for Exile Researchers, organized among othera with Berlin Research 50 and the Berlin Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, June 30, 2022

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Internal BUA Round Table Russia/Ukraine, March 14, 2022

Internal Networking Event on Subsahara Africa, Februar 22, 2022

Digital Talk: How to be a science diplomat in Europe?, organized with the Center for Science and Policy of the University of Cambridge, June 10, 2021

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Panel Discussion: Debating the future of inclusive knowledge production with the ‘Global South’, organized in the discussion series Lunch-time Debates “Watersheds of Internationalization” of Freie Universität Berlin, February 23, 2021


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Panel Discussion: Digital Cooperation with the ‘South’: Chances and Challenges, organized as part of the DAAD conference Moving target digitalisation: re-thinking global exchange in higher education, October 5, 2020