What can knowledge be today, beyond European knowledge systems? New perspectives and different questions are needed in order to break up colonial thought patterns and challenge Eurocentric, white views. The performative discursive event  »UNEXPECTED LESSONS – Decolonizing Memory and Knowledge« will take place at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin and in parallel in the urban landscape of Nairobi and in the world wide web on 11th and 12th of June 2021. Lectures, artistic elements, talks and discussions flow into each other and interweave with the live stream program from Nairobi. De-Westernization and African philosophy, Black Studies, knowledge systems in music, and a critical look at the Eurocentric narrative in art history play a role in the program.

Among others with sociologist and economist Felwine Sarr, art historian, curator and author Nana Oforiatta Ayim, art historians Malick Ndiaye and Bénédicte Savoy, sociologist Natasha A. Kelly and cultural scientist Peggy Piesche, philosopher Yala Kisukidi, artists Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Syowia Kyambi and Elsa M‘bala, and a film program curated by visual anthropologist Nnenna Onuoha.

The programme will be held live in English with German translation. — Only the panel Repenser l’historie d’art / Reconsidering Art History will be held in French with English translation.

Download the program here.