Spring school: Racism, Health and colonial continuities

Exploring the interlinkages between health, racism and colonial continuities with a focus on research and activism in Germany

Post-Event Update

More than 300 researchers, students and activists joined the webinars and workshops to discuss the role of race and racism in health. From the opening art exhibition by Berlin-based artist Jeanne Koepp to the stimulating discussions on Germany's colonial history and workshops on racially inclusive research, this event made a point of talking about "the elephant in the room."

Materials and resources are available on the website http://health-racism.com/

Event Announcement

Discussions on the interconnections between health, racism and colonial continuities are getting increasing attention in the anglophone world. In Germany however, although a long tradition of practitioners and researchers exist, visible and academic spaces where they can engage with the role of colonial trajectories and racism in the German health sector are lacking.

With our 4-day spring school we want to address this gap by addressing the interlinkages of health, racism and colonial continuities with focus on the nexus between research and activism. We aim to bring together in a transdisciplinary manner professionals, researchers, students, activists and artists in order to bundle existing knowledge, generate discussion, raise awareness, identify research gaps and encourage new research and teaching on health, racism and colonial continuities within health research and practice.

We welcome you to join us in this journey - to create spaces, to develop networks and to reflect and strive towards decolonised and antiracist health, research and education.

The spring school will be held in English and/ or German, working knowledge of both languages is recommended. 

Participation is free of charge, registration is required.


• Madelaine Batke, Pauline Meurer, Sophie Gepp, Armanda Serwah, Global Health AG
• Darius Savelsberg
• Franziska Grimm, Charité International Cooperations
• Luis Aue, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)
• Marie Bolster, Institut für Sozialmedizin, Epidemiologie und Gesundheitsökonomie, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
• Angela Schuster, Institut für Allgemeinmedizin, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Funded by: German Alliance for Global Health Research (GLOHRA)


Thu, 08.04.2021 - The role of medicine and medical doctors in colonialism

Webinar: Medicine in (post)colonialism (Webinar - 10:00 -12:00 am)

  • Speakers: Pascal Grosse, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin & Edna Bonhomme, Munich Centre for Global History, Ludwig Maximilian Universität Munich
  • Host: Angela Schuster
  • Language: English/ German

Webinar: "Berlin as a site of colonial medicine" (13:00-15:00)

  • Speakers: Marion Hulverscheidt, Department of Social Sciences, Modern and Contemporary History, University of Kassel, Sarah Ehlers, Research Institute for History of Science and Technology at the Deutsches Museum, Technische Universität München, Manuela Bauche, Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin & Walter Bruchhausen, Institute for Hygiene and Public Health, Universitätsklinikum Bonn
  • Language: German
  • Host: Luis Aue

Fri, 09.04.2021- Racism in health care

Webinar: Racism: overlooked in healthcare? (Webinar 10-12:00 am)

  • Speakers: Amma Yeboah, Psychodynamic Supervision & Coach, Colette Gras, Medical student, Universität Hamburg, Cengiz Barskanmaz , Associate Researcher at Max-Planck-Institut for Social Antropology
  • Host: Armanda Serwah
  • Language: German

Online training: Exit racism: strategies for health care workers (13-15:00 & 15:30 -17:30)

  • Trainer: Jana Schildt, Mediation, somatic coach & trainer (janaschildt.de)
  • Language: German

Online training: Empowerment and dealing with microaggression - workshop for racism-experienced people (13-15:00 & 15:30 -17:30)

  • Trainers: Stephanie Cuff-Schöttle, Dipl. Psychologist & Sanchita Basu, ARIBA e.V.
  • Language: German

Sat, 10.04.2021 Racism as a social determinant of health

Webinar: Racism makes me sick! - Racism as a social determinant of health (11:30-13:30 am)

  • Meryam Schouler-Ocak, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin & Katja Kajikhina, Department Social Determinants of Health, Robert Koch - Institut
  • Host: Marie Bolster
  • Language: German

Online Exhibition opening “Das Fremde (the foreign)”

  • Artist: Jeanne Koepp, jeanne-koepp.de (14:00-16:00)
  • Host: Franziska Grimm

Sun, 11.04.2021 Colonial continuities in Global Health

Webinar: #decolonizeGlobalHealth: The burden of colonialism in Global Health (10-12:00 am)

  • Speakers: Daniel Bendix, Friedensau Adventist University & Mizeck Chagunda, Universität Hohenheim
  • Host: Angela Schuster
  • Language: English

Online training: Critical incidents in Global Health (13-15:00 & 15:30 -17:30)

  • Trainers: Angela Schuster, Institut for General practice Charité & Franziska Grimm, Intercultural trainer
  • Language: English

Online training: How to switch the poles: a practical training (13-15:00 & 15:30 -17:30)

  • Trainers: Tahir Della, Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland & Lucía Muriel, MEPa e.V.
  • Language: Deutsch

Sun, 11.04.2021 18:00 till 19:30 pm

Roundtable Discussion - Health Discrimination: Perspectives from Berlin

  • Mariela Nikolova, Amaro Foro e.V., Jeff Kwasi Klein, Each One Teach One e.V., Darling Dafinone, BlackInMedicine, Ahmed Awadalla, Berliner Aids-Hilfe e.V. & Checkpoint am Hermannplatz, Nivedita Prasad, Alice Salomon Hochschule
  • Host: Darius Savelsberg, decolonise charité