Reparations and repair. On climate justice, colonialism and the Capitalocene


What do “reparations” mean in the context of climate justice? In many regions of the world, marginalised people are suffering considerably due to environmental destruction and the consequences of climate change, for which Western industrialised countries and companies bear responsibility. The symposium will discuss the historical, economic and ecological contexts of climate change and legal and political claims for reparations from the former colonial powers.

2 pm

Welcome by the Akademie der Künste (Academy of Arts)
“Reparations and Repair”: A talk between Wolfgang Kaleck (European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, ECCHR, Berlin), Alexandra Nehmer (ARCH+, Berlin) and Anh-Linh Ngo (ARCH+ and Member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin)

3 pm

Lecture: “Plantation Construction, Environmental Degradation & Reparation” by Verene Shepherd (The University of the West Indies Kingston, Jamaika), followed by a talk with Joshua Castellino (Minority Rights Group, London)

4 – 4:30 pm

Coffee break

4:30 – 6 pm

Artistic Interventions with the artists Miki Yui, Nathalia Favaro and Tomás Saraceno, Excerpts from their films Flux and Fly with Pacha, followed by a talk, Moderation: Johanna M. Keller (Head of Programmes, Akademie der Künste, Berlin)

6 – 6:15 pm


6:15 – 7:30 pm

Panel discussion “The Loss and Damage Fund. Claiming damages for the consequences of climate change”
With Priya Morley (University of California, Los Angeles), Miriam Saage-Maaß (ECCHR, Berlin), Nasir Mansoor (National Trade Union Federation Pakistan), Moderation: Laura Duarte (ECCHR, Berlin)

7:30 – 8:30 pm

Panel discussion “How can we adequately support the claim for reparations and the great repair of the world from Germany? Perspectives beyond the established political landscape”
With Luisa Neubauer (Fridays for Future, Berlin) live via video, Andres Veiel (Film Director and Member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin), Moderation: Andrea Böhm (Die Zeit, Berlin)

End of the event and get-together

Saturday, 20 Jan 2024

2 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenary Hall

With Wolfgang Kaleck, Alexandra Nehmer, Anh-Linh Ngo, Verene Shepherd, Joshua Castellino, Miki Yui, Nathalia Favaro, Tomás Saraceno, Priya Morley, Miriam Saage-Maaß, Nasir Mansoor, Luisa Neubauer live via video, Andres Veiel

Moderation: Johanna M. Keller (Akademie der Künste), Laura Duarte (ECCHR), Andrea Böhm (Die Zeit)

In English

Free admission