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Cologne International Forum

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Myanmar Refugees and Human Security Challenges in Thailand
Conflict-Induced Displacement and Socio-Economic Resilience: Learning from Neglected Conflicts in Cameroon and Myanmar

Kick-Off Event of the Cologne International Forum Cluster 2023

There are an estimated 281 million migrants worldwide, with 89.5 million being forcibly displaced. Political and humanitarian measures to address forced migration often neglect the socio-economic aspects of displacement. The Cologne International Forum Cluster 2023 sheds light on two violent conflicts – the Anglophone conflict in Cameroon and the military coup in Myanmar – which have resulted in significant displacement but have received limited attention in international public debates.

Further Information on the kick-off event

For freedom of science and expression! We stand in solidarity with students and researchers in Iran. | Woman, Life, Freedom – Emancipatory Potentials; lecture series starting 03 April 2023.
Lecture Series

We are looking forward to supporting Professor Katajun Amirpur’s lecture series ‘Woman, Life, Freedom’ that will – in the course of two semesters – shed light on the situation in Iran.

Knowing more about the political, historical, and cultural background of Iran and of course the current situation, will be crucial for academic collaborations – If they are to become possible on a larger scale.

The lectures will take place at the university and at various places in the city of Cologne and are open to the public. They will be held in German.

Schedule and information in German

The Ice Cream Sellers by Sohel Rahmen
Film Screening 

Kick-off Event of the Cologne International Forum Salon Series 

The film The Ice Cream Sellers (2021, 75mn) is a human story of the Rohingya people - 'the most persecuted minority in the world. The film invites the audience to become a part of the journey of two young siblings Ayas (10) and Asia (8) across the refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, just as the director himself was invited and received intimate access to their journey of life. The director takes the audience around the incredibly hot, dusty camp that stretches as far as the eye can see. The film portrays a story of tragedy and loss, courage, and suffering in the attempt by the two siblings to earn enough money to bribe officials for the release of their father from prison in Myanmar. The Ice Cream Sellers is a timely, relevant, and significant film, especially as it gives an insightful context to the Rohingya refugee community and their lives in Bangladesh, five years on from the onslaught of violence they experienced in August 2017.

Registration and further information on the event

Spotlight Topic: Africa Meets Europe

African Futures – All Around

In light of the ninth annual European Conference on African Studies (ECAS) “African Futures”, the city of Cologne in cooperation with the Global South Studies Center (GSSC, University of Cologne) organises the public program “African Futures – All Around”.

With the intention to highlight Afro-Diasporic voices, the “African Futures – All Around” creates a space in which artists, performers, educators and researchers can showcase the blossoming diversity and creativity of a contemporary Africa through panels, workshops, art and performances. In collaboration with the ECAS, the event aims to change the narrative of Africa, as a submissive recipient of international aid and emphasize a modern Africa, one which is heterogeneous, innovative and an imaginative driving force in the global sphere of economics, scientific research and art.

The “African Futures – All Around” will take place 30 May - 11 June and will feature an abundant program, which takes place all over the city. From dance performances to political discussions, the public program manages to find a common ground for the interests of a wider audience.

Here are our programme recommendations:
— Decolonizing Approaches on Black Health: Black Voices – A panel discussion between Black medical professionals
02 June / 16-17:30 / Free entry / FORUM Volkshochschule am Neumarkt / English
— (Post)Colonial Expert panel meets UNITED NATIONS
02 June / 17.30 / Free entry / FORUM Volkshochschule am Neumarkt / English
— Europe-African b/or/ders – back to the future Roundtable discussion
03 June / 17:30 / Free entry / Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum / English

For the complete programme please visit the African Futures website.

ECAS9 2023, 31 MAY - 3 JUNE 2023

‘African Futures’ is the ninth European Conference on African Studies (ECAS), jointly organized by the University of Cologne’s Global South Studies Center (GSSC) and the Catholic University of Leuven’s Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa (IARA). It aims to explore the continent’s critical engagements with the past, present, and future of Africa’s global entanglements.

Further information at


University of Cologne International

Programme (PDF download)
Lecture Series: Art/History of Ukraine - Kunst/Geschichte der Ukraine

Wednesdays 17:45 to 19:15 in the New Seminar Building (Neues Seminargebäude), S 14.

Programme (PDF download)

Past Events

Photo: Annette Hornischer

CIF Opening:

»Classics Now: The Importance of Studying Antiquity in Our Present Age of Crisis«

Guest lecture by Jackie Murray (Professor of Classical Philology, University of Kentucky, SUNY Buffalo, Fellow of the American Academy, Berlin)