B/OR/DER ST/OR/IES – Guided tour of the exhibition

Borderstories takes place as an intervention in the permanent exhibition of the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, and deals with the question of “or”: because people are affected very differently by borders depending on their origin.

Although the world appears increasingly interconnected today, borders continue to be used around the world to restrict freedom of movement and perpetuate social inequalities.

In the “Cologne Box,” local voices of those affected have their say. In addition, results of research conducted by two PhD students of the University of Cologne on local border dynamics in East Africa and on the Spanish-Moroccan border will be presented.

On the one hand, the intervention provides information on the growing isolation of Europe using the example of the border towns of Melilla and Nador. Second, it shows how colonial powers in Africa used borders strategically to exercise power, and how neocolonial interests continue to shape local border dynamics today. In addition, however, there are many examples of resistant practice.

In addition to the exhibition, a broad accompanying program will be offered. In addition, the exhibition will be digitally enhanced through a homepage and a student social media project, ultimately breaking the boundaries of the museum itself.

Website: https://borderstories.de/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/b_or_der_st_or_ies/


Katrin Sowa & Sofie Steinberger (University of Cologne)

Pamoja Africa e.V.

Alliance 14 Africa

The event is sponsored by the City of Cologne and the Global South Studies Center.

Exhibition period: 25.5. through 5/28/2023, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., *Thu 6/1. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. / Mon 5.6. closed


B/OR/DER ST/OR/IES – Guided tour of the exhibition


Jun 03 2023






Eintritt: 7 € / 4,50 €

Program area

African Futures Köln – gemeinsam auf dem Weg