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Newsletter December 2023

Dear friends,

At the end of the year we reflected again and thought it would be nice to start 2024 with new ideas.

1. 24 Inspirations for 2024 – Social Media Calendar

That’s why we created our social media calendar “24 Inspirations for 2024”, which you can read on our social media channels (facebook, twitter, linkedin and instagram) for a full 24 days starting tomorrow, December 1st, 2023. Get inspired!

2. Still have money to waste? Order glokal brochures!

There is often something left in the coffee box at the end of the year and our brochures come in at just the right time: by ordering our publications you support our work! You can find our print brochures here:

  • “I will return a million times!” In Honor of Resistance to Colonialism (2022)
  • Connecting the Dots. Learning from stories about oppression and resistance (2017)
  • Welcome without paternalism. Help and solidarity in support work (2017)
  • The fairy tale of eye level. Power and Solidarity in North-South Partnerships (2016)
  • With colonial greetings… Reports and stories from stays abroad viewed from a critical perspective on racism (2013)

3. Our offers for 2024 summarized

You can book workshops, process support, lectures and proofreading critical of racism here.

Empowerment and awareness-raising seminars for associations and institutions that are located in the area of development work and/or health care/medicine: Inquiries about this can be made using the contact form on our website.
Critical cartography (more about the project here): Get in touch at geschichte[ät]glokal[dot]org if you want your city to be part of it from 2024!

Qualification series “At eye level? Decolonial and empowering approaches in “partnership work” 2024 (subject to funding commitment)
The focus on African countries is planned 4 times on Thursdays from March to May in 2024 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (exact dates to follow),
The dates for the focus on Abya Yala have already been set: April 22nd; 13.5; 3.6; June 24th, from 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Another webinar with a focus on public relations and fundraising is scheduled to take place in autumn 2024.

The webinars were quickly booked out. If you are interested, please register with an email with the subject: Qualification series – and your desired focus: anmelde[ät]glokal[dot]org, in order to find out about the registration early.

4. What happened at glokal in 2023?

In 2023 we once again implemented more than 60 workshops, seminars, organizational consultations and process support.

We have also started three projects:

One: Medical care for everyone

Here we conducted two research workshops in September and October 2023 with participants who are all employed in the field of medical care and/or development education work and are particularly BIPOC. Here we have prepared articles that you will soon be able to read on our new medicine timeline or on our material platform. The first articles in our inspiration calendar in December 2023 offer a small insight.
The project team (Amina Hikari Fall and Dennis Sadiq Kirschbaum) took part in various networking meetings and conferences (“Decolonize Health Conference”) and wrote articles (anthology “Therapy Intersectional”).

From 2024, we will be offering specific empowerment and awareness-raising seminars for associations and institutions that are active in the area of development work and/or health care/medicine. We look forward to receiving interested inquiries about this via the contact form on our website.

Two: Global Remembering II: The global history of your city!

The Global Remembering project deals with global networks in five different cities so far. You can visit our digital city maps here. In each city there are historical events, themed city tours and people related to global history: strikes by migrant workers; Places of African organization in Europe; People who were active in the international resistance against fascism. Some places were central to emigration from Europe, others played an important role in global economic relations then and now. Traces of German colonialism, National Socialism and right-wing extremist violence can also be traced on the maps.

You can also find an overview of our new posts in the inspiration calendar on our social media channels (see above).

In 2023, we also worked with museum staff and students in workshops, offered two city tours and networked with initiatives in new cities to expand our maps. Get in touch at geschichte[ät]glokal[dot]org if you want your city to be there from 2024!

Three: Qualification series “At eye level? Decolonial and empowering approaches in “partnership work”

In two rounds of 4 modules each – once with a focus on African countries and once on Abya Yala – Margarita Rodriguez Ornelas, Mariana Lo Sasso, Lawrence Oduro-Sarpong and Kristina Kontzi worked with 44 representatives of networks, organizations and individuals who are committed to development policy to decolonial and empower Approaches in partnership work are tested and further developed together. Each person was able to work on their specific construction site in a very practical way in partnership work. The feedback was consistently positive.

Subject to the commitment of funds, we will resume the series in 2024 (see 3 above for dates).

We wish you an inspiring December and a good start into the new year,

Your team from glocal


Successful Experts day: Feminist and decolonial approaches to development education work

We have been working on the topics of feminist and decolonial approaches in development education for over 15 years. On October 18, 2023, we invited those active in development education work to the Lauseria in Kreuzberg to get to know these approaches. Feminist approaches to development policy education work, racism-critical approaches to inclusive imagery in development policy public relations work, and decolonial didactics in development policy education work were discussed and discussed. You can find more information here.

Special Newsletter Doğan

Dear friends,

Today we remember our dear friend and glokal colleague Doğan Akhanlı, who died two years ago today.

Especially in times that are so dominated by violence and hatred, we miss his humor, his warmth and his tireless commitment to human rights, victims of violence and a culture of remembrance that recognizes different traumas in solidarity and does not play them off against each other. He still leaves a big gap in our team to this day.
His collaboration was and remains an invaluable asset to this day and we would like to continue our work in his spirit. In his spirit, we would like to use our educational events, projects and publications to clearly advocate for the naming of racist, colonial and anti-Semitic continuities and thus contribute to a contentious but peaceful coexistence.

Doğan always had the strength to deal with people who held radically different opinions than him. He talked to them, worked, did theater. His writings, speeches, actions and humanity are an inspiration to us.

We miss you!

Your colleagues from glokal

PS: You can read Doğan’s biography on the Cologne page of our Global Remembering project.

Newsletter October 2023

Dear friends,

In our October newsletter we would like to invite you to two city tours and inform you about our ongoing projects.

1. Project Global Remembering: City tours escape-exile persecution on October 21st. and colonialism resistance on November 18, 2023
2. Project Medical Care for All: Project start and research phase
3. Project Decolonial Partnership Work with Abya Yala/Latin America: Qualification series started
4. Documentary film “white charity”: exhibition in the Kunsthalle Duisburg (for details please access German newsletter)

City tour COLONIAL TRACES AND BLACK RESISTANCE in Berlin-Mitte on November 18th.

Register for our city tour on November 18, 2023 from 1-4 p.m. The city tour leads from Manga-Bell-Square through the so-called African Quarter in Berlin-Mitte to the archive of Black German movement history from EOTO e.V. The poet and dramaturg Philipp Khabo Köpsell and Tahir Della from glokal/ISD will guide us through the topics of German colonial history and anti-colonial resistance as well as colonial continuities and current Black movement history. Registration: Participation is free. In order to be able to plan better, we ask that you register bindingly. Write to us, whether as individuals or as a group, at geschichte[ät]glokal[punkt]org

City tour ESCAPE-EXILE-PERSECUTION in Berlin-Charlottenburg

Register for October 21, 2023 from 2-5 p.m.! In this tour we will explore the interconnections of German and Turkish history in Charlottenburg. Through Jewish, Armenian, communist and social democratic biographies we approach the topics of persecution, flight and genocide. The city tour is led by historian Murat Akan and Perihan Zeran from glokal. Register, whether as individuals or as a group, at geschichte[ät]glokal[punkt]org

Newsletter August 2023

Dear friends,

We would like to inform you about current projects and activities.

1. Last places for the webinar series “At eye level? Decolonial collaboration in project work with “partners” in Abya Yala/Latin America” (application deadline on August 11, 2023)
2. Project Global Remembering: New cities, new workshops and city tours, join in!
3. Seminar offers from Informationsbürp Nicaragua e.V. (for details please access German newsletter)

Newsletter June 2023

Dear friends,

We would like to inform you about current projects and activities.

1. Application phase for the second round of our online qualification series begins
2. glocal goes Paris
3. New project “Medical care for all – methods, knowledge and action skills on global injustice in medical care using the example of the Corona pandemic” started (for details please access German Newsletter)

Declaration by glokal on Hanau

We from glokal e.V. express our condolences and solidarity with all relatives and victims of the racist terrorist attack in Hanau on 19.02.2020.
We feel the loss of their loved ones and the deep, painful cut in their daily lives.
We stand firmly by the side of the victims and send our best wishes for the recovery of the injured.

We note a continuity in the neglect of racial threats by state agencies as well as in the investigations and consistent prosecution of abuses in the police and other institutions.

The representatives of the “bourgeoisie” as well as more and more “conservative” politicians have to face their responsibility for this violence.
We must all stand up against agitation, racist politics and stigmatization of migrant, Muslim spaces such as shisha bars, among others.

We call for consistent support of civil society that works against racism on a daily basis, especially diasporic – migrant civil society.

Glokal will forever cherish the memory of the murdered Gökhan Gültekin, Ferhat Ünvar, Mercedes K., Sedat Gürbüz, Hamza Kurtović, Kalojan Welkow, Fatih Saraçoğlu and Said Nessar El Hashemi.