On behalf of the whole team of the Chair of Tropical Forestry at TU Dresden, we wish everyone a merry Christmas and that you “slide well into the new year” (as the Germans say it: “einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!”)
In celebrating Christmas, the Chair of Tropical Forestry team, together with some former staff members, went for an excursion to the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in Dresden to see the interesting exhibition on “Racism”. The exhibition unveils the development of race and explores the questions: How did race emerge? How was race presented in the past? The museum also takes a critical standpoint on itself for being a medium of propaganda during the National Socialism era of Germany.
The exhibition unveils how the dynamics of the discourse on race and racism, particularly in Germany, have evolved over time. Starting from the colonial era until present, it was as if walking through a time machine. With respect to the current discourse, the exhibition explores what is actually “German culture”? German culture has been shaped and influenced by many other cultures in the past. Emphasizing that we human beings are all one, the exhibition is an educative telltale that race is a manmande concept.
After the mind-opening exhibition, the team went to the café across the museum to have some taste of German culture in Christmas: the traditional German (in fact, Dresden) Stollen and Christmas Plätzchen (cookies). Some of the team members continued the celebration to the Christmas market in the city center, where some of our international team members tasted Eierpunsch (eggnog) for the first time.
Meanwhile, the Tropical Forestry master students celebrated the closing of the year together, accompanied with some mulled wine and Christmas sweets.
Once again, we are wishing everyone a blessed and joyful Christmas time!