This three-day forum, held in the inspiring setting of Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park, will bring together visionary, engaged young people from across the United Kingdom and Germany, to discuss key aspects of our democratic life and shared past. Delegates will include students, social influencers, artists and cultural producers, politicians, representatives of civil society initiatives, community organisers, writers, intellectuals, and inspiring public figures.
The inaugural British-German Democracy Forum takes place on 25-27 October 2021. Delegates will have the opportunity to examine and compare contemporary approaches to Colonialism & Difficult Histories, in the British and German contexts.
Curated by Lord Woolley CBE (former chair of the advisory group for the UK’s Race Disparity Unit) and Eric Otieno (social theorist and political economist from the University of Kassel, Germany), this forum provides a platform for open discussion and debate on how colonialism and coloniality have shaped modern national trajectories, and how democratic societies might constructively confront ‘difficult histories’.
Explorations of the rise of nationalism and uneven citizenship will intersect with conversations about the role of arts and the media in helping to rebalance power structures and interrogate narratives of our collective past. Artists, museum directors and post-colonial experts will reflect, alongside policymakers and academics, on opportunities to confront contentious issues from the past more constructively, with an eye towards a more peaceful, open and inclusive future.
Discussions will be held under the Chatham House Rule, as is the custom at Cumberland Lodge, to encourage frank and open discussions. Guest speakers are asked to waive the rule for their presentations where possible, to allow us to share their contributions with a wider audience, post-event.