Part I
Compact course
On-site event
3 July, 2024 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

The first part of the seminar takes place in the Festsaal of Studierendenhaus, Campus Bockenheim. 

The seminar is open to everyone after prior registration and Grada Kilomba encourages everyone to participate, especially those not part of university structures.

Goethe University students from certain degree programs can earn ECTS; more information can be found here. If your degree program is not listed, but you would like to obtain Credit Points, please first talk to the module coordinator in your degree program or your examination office and then contact us.

Registration to the seminar is now closed.

In this seminar Grada Kilomba explores the art of performing knowledge, creating decolonial exercises and using her unique artistic practice, in which she gives body, voice, form, movement and image to her own writings. “What is knowledge? What is acknowledged as knowledge? And whose knowledge is this?” Kilomba will explore how knowledge production, violence and power are intrinsically interwined, and investigates how to transform such configurations. Using therory, writing exercises, narrative, imagery, performance and movement, participants are invited to transform configurations of power and knowledge and to re-imagine new spaces and languages of decolonial thinking. Participants will work with their voices, bodies, and writings to understand fundamental terminologies such as Illusion, Dellusion, Denial, Projection, Memory, Erasure, Resilliance, Surveillance, Marginalisation, Resistance, Trauma, Liberation; Empowerment, Time, Space. Moreover, participants will explore forms of decolonising knowledge production, language and aesthetics.

This is the first of three blocks of the seminar as part of the Angela-Davis-Guest Professorship 2024.

On Friday, 14 June 2024 and 28 June 2024 from 2pm to 4pm, a preparatory reading group will take place in which excerpts from Grada Kilomba's 'Plantation Memories' will be discussed. All participants of the seminar can take part in the reading group without separate registration. Further information on the reading group will be sent out after registration for the seminar and can also be found on the CGC website under events.

Angela Davis Gastprofessor
Grada Kilomba

Grada Kilomba is a Berlin-based Portuguese artist, whose work draws on memory, trauma and post-colonialism. Using performance, staged reading, video, photography, large scale sculptural and sonic installations, the artist interrogates concepts of knowledge, violence and repetition. Kilomba’s work is best known for her subversive practice of storytelling, in which she creates a poetic and immersive imagery, giving body, voice, form and movement to her own writings. “What stories are told? How are they told? Where are they told? And told by whom?” are constant questions in Kilomba’s body of work.

Kilomba holds a distinguished Doctorate in Philosophy from the Freie Universität Berlin, and in 2023 the artist was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa by University of ISPA, Lisbon. She has been a guest Professor at several international universities, such as Humboldt University - Berlin; the University of Legon, Accra; and the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, among others. Kilomba has resided at the prominent Maxim Gorki Theatre, in Berlin, for several years, where she developed the acclaimed project ‘Kosmos2’, an artistic and political intervention with refugee artists. She was the co-curator of the 35th Biennial of São Paulo, Choreographies of the Impossible, 2023.

She is the author of the acclaimed “Plantation Memories” (Unrast, 2008) a compilation of episodes of everyday racism written in the form of short psychoanalytical stories. Her book has been translated into several languages worldwide.

Her work has been presented in major international events such as: 10. Berlin Biennale, Berlin; Documenta 14, Kassel; 32. Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo. Selected solo and group exhibitions include the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Somerset House, London; Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin; Pinacoteca de São Paulo, São Paulo; Bildmuseet, Umeå; Kunsthalle Baden-Baden; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Norval Foundation, Cape Town; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, among others.

Kilomba’s work can be found in many prominent public collections around the world, including Tate Modern Collection, London; Royal Dutch Collection, Amsterdam; International African American Museum Collection, Charleston; Fitzwilliam Museum Collection, Cambridge, among others.


  • Davis, Angela Y. ( 2019). Women, Race & Class: Angela Y. Davis.London: Pinguin Classics.
  • Davis, Angela Y. ( 2016). Freedom is a Constant Struggle. Chicago: Haymarket Books.
  • Kilomba, Grada (2008). Plantation Memories. Episodes of Everyday racism. Münster: Unrast Verlag.