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Exhibition: Manufacturing Race

Nov 04, 2013 - Nov 16, 2013
Poster of the Exhibition

Poster of the Exhibition

Manufacturing Race: Contemporary Memories of a Building’s Colonial Past

An exhibition about Ihnestr. 22 - formerly housing the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut für Anthropologie, menschliche Erblehre und Eugenik (KWI-A), now home to the Otto-Suhr-Institute für Politikwissenschaften (OSI), Freie Universität Berlin. This exhibition was developed as a research project by a group of FU Berlin students.


Every site in Germany has a colonial past and the building of Ihnestr. 22, now housing the OSI is no exception. The research conducted in this building from the late 1920s until the 1940s was used to legitimate racism on a scientific as well as political level. For their studies, the researchers kept a skull collection in this building, taken in part from Africans killed in the colony German South-West Africa.


The exhibition aims to document the relationship between Ihnestraße 22 and German colonialism and to show how this history is remembered by people at the Institute today.


Location: Foyer of the Otto-Suhr-Institute, Ihnestr. 21 // Freie Universität Berlin

Hours: daily from 9:00-20:00, Saturdays 10:00-18:00, not open on Sundays

Note: The exhibition is in English.

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Time & Location

Nov 04, 2013 - Nov 16, 2013

Foyer, Ihnestr. 21