The Collective


The Amo Collective is a group of students, artists, scholars and members of civil society based at the Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, part of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The collective emerged through the anti-racist and decolonial struggles surrounding the renaming of our street after Afro-German Enlightenment philosopher and anti-racist pioneer of the early 18th century: Anton Wilhelm Amo.



The fourth Decolonial Flânerie will be held on September 8th, 2023 in Berlin, entitled “Relating Histories – Becoming Neighbors Around Anton W. Amo Street”. We invite you to read more about the history and development of the Decolonial Flânerie on the Nachbarschaftsinitiative Anton-Wilhelm-Amo-Straße blog archive. You can read more about this year’s Decolonial Flânerie here.


In preparation for the Decolonial Flânerie 2023, we organized a public assembly within the confines of the future Amo Salon space. The workshop delved into the interwoven histories of the neighborhood, encompassing the narratives of Jewish heritage, colonial past, vestiges of the GDR era, and the ongoing anti-racist struggles. The primary objective was to spark public debate and formulate the conceptual framework for the upcoming Flânerie. 


The Space

AMO SALON berlin

A publicly accessible space in the center of Berlin that brings together artists, researchers, and members of the civil society to reflect on the city’s colonial past, its impact in the present, and implications for the future.

Workshops are organised within the framework of the planning towards the annual Flâneries where the collective meets with scholars, artists and activists with shared artistic research history to broaden the scope of dialogue for expansion of ideological and conceptual resources.  

Public Assemblies are part of the publicly accessible preparatory events ensuring our multi-faceted approach within the para/trans academic space. 

The Amo Salon is a conceptual, experimental, and performative space for revisiting historical and colonial traces, with the aim of reimagining our current societal complexities. At the core of the Amo Salon concept lies the vision of fostering worldwide collaboration and promoting geopolitical awareness. Progress is underway on the African rendition of this space, a homage to Anton Wilhelm Amo, who was born in Axim and rests in Shama, Ghana. This version of Amo Salon is currently taking shape along the Ghanaian coastline.

Creating a space that thinks of society from "its fringes", thus giving space to polytonal practices of remembering and imagining, always taking into account the global, colonial entanglement structures. Our central concern is to create a space that not only enables an exchange about past and present inequalities, but also allows the imagination of  "other futures".