Current Developments

Robert Koch, research and experiment in the colonial space

Or: Subjugating the non-European under the old international law

German colonialism is an inherent part of both German and global history, yet largely neglected and transcended into the vast depths of oblivion. As Jutta Blume wrote recently in an article for the German newspaper der Freitag, ‘the emergence of ‘tropical medicine’ (Tropenmedizin) is inextricably linked to the height of colonialism at the end of the 19th century’. Considering the current pandemic and the daily briefings, which the Robert-Koch-Institute provided …