Decolonize Zurich is a group of creators, students and activists who want to bring postcolonial theory into action. We meet every first Wednesday of the month, switching between the two formats ‘theory’ and ‘practice’. All of our meetings are public. Just register to the upcoming event and you will get all information you need to participate.
Twice a year we organize an action to actively and publicly engage with the colonial past of Switzerland, ongoing coloniality and Swiss (neo)colonialism. Decolonizing Zurich (and in the end all the places beyond) constantly requires new measures.
Theory forms the basis for our action. Reading and discussing texts from postcolonial authors is our original format. We started out as a student reading group at the University of Zurich, but soon came to realize that we want to bridge the gap between Academia and the Public, between Theory and Action. Our monthly discussions are normally held at the OnCurating Space at Sihlstrasse. Everyone is welcome.
Practice follows theory. Every other wednesday we plan new interventions to Decolonize Zurich. Anything from roundtables (“Stammtisch”), get-togethers, cookouts, or workshops. We believe that changing the current social and political status quo requires us to get inventive with new measures and formats. Which means we have to collectively act in creative and provocative ways.
Action. For change to happen we have to act differently. And no real change without the public. Every half year we organize a public event in collaboration with other institutions, collectives and individuals. You want to help us? Get involved!
You want to get involved? These are the ways you can take action:
You are just curious about what we do and who we are? Join one of our sessions. Register to the next event here.
You have an idea for a theory, practice or action? Then write us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
You want to be a more active part and shape the group from the inside? Talk to us on one of our events. We always appreciate new insight and engaged activism.
You need to know…
…that we condemn any form of discrimination such as racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, ableism, or antisemitism. What counts as discrimination is determined by the person discriminated against, not the person discriminating. Nevertheless, we don’t guarantee a “safe space”, meaning we don’t actively create an environment for one particular (marginalized) group.