Academic Scholarship and Decolonial Activism

Roberto Zaugg, “Intrecci transimperiali nell’Atlantico moderno. Storiografia accademica e attivismo decoloniale in Germania e in Svizzera”, Storica 79 (2021), pp. 9-52.

On the one hand, this article discusses the historiographical rediscovery of those manifold threads that connected the Holy Roman Empire and the Swiss Confederacy to the Americas and to sub-Saharan Africa. On the other, it examines public debates and memorial activism aimed at promoting a «decolonisation of public space». It argues that, while exchanges between historical research and social activism have overall been fruitful, in some cases tensions have emerged between academic scholarship and decolonial claims.