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Monuments and Colonialism

Event information

Date & location

From 3:00pm CET


What place do colonial statues occupy within conceptions of Europe’s cultural heritage?

This Una Europa Seed Funding-supported panel event will explore:

  • How did statues become a central focus point of activism and why is this appearing across Europe and globally right now?
  • What type of colonial heritages do specific monuments commemorate?
  • What narratives do they convey and hide?
  • How/why are some of them contested, while others are not?

This event will be live-streamed and open to the public. No registration is required - simply join the webcast using this link.



Janne Lahti (University of Helsinki)


  • What “Must Fall”?: Monuments vs Historical memory - Dr. Hephzibah Israel (University of Edinburgh)
  • Are all colonial statues the same? Reflections on a sentence by Frantz Fanon- Prof. Bertrand Tillier (University of Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

Followed by panel discussion

  • Panellists: Hephzibah Israel, Bertrand Tillier, Karin Pallaver (University of Bologna)
  • Moderators: Janne Lahti and Josephine Hoegaerts (University of Helsinki)