ANK: Ziegler Lecture Series (14.10.21, 04.11.21)

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UBC Dept. of CENES Ziegler Lecture on Zoom: Author Reading and Discussion with Zafer Şenocak on Berlin, “The Capital of the Fragment” on Oct 14th, 2021, at 11am PT


Join us on October 14th at 11 am PT for the virtual Ziegler Lecture Series, featuring Zafer Şenocak, and co-organized by the UBC Centre for Migration Studies

Postmigrant Narratives: Author reading and discussion with Zafer Şenocak on Berlin, “The Capital of the Fragment”

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Abstract: As part of UBC’s Dept. of CENES Ziegler Lecture Series, Şenocak will read from his essay on Berlin, “The Capital of Fragment,” and discuss narratives of postmigration with Prof. Markus Hallensleben from UBC’s Centre for Migration Studies Narratives Research Group.

Bio: Zafer Şenocak, born in Turkey, moved as a child to Germany and lives since 1989 in Berlin as a freelance writer. He has written widely on the issues of diversity in Germany, migration and exile, the Turkish diaspora, and the short distances and large fears of a globalizing Europe. The historical background of mixed and broken identities is a key issue in his novels, creating a special fragmented form of memory and storytelling. His writing includes poems in German and Turkish, novels and long essays. He is also a frequent contributor to nationwide German newspapers, such as Die Tageszeitung, Der Tagesspiegel and Die Welt. Şenocak’s work is translated into Spanish, Italian, French, English and Czech. He was writer in residence at US-Universities, such as Berkeley, M.I.T., Oberlin College, Dartmouth College, University of Arizona. A volume of his poems written in German was translated by Elizabeth Oehlkers-Wright: Door Languages, Boston, 2008. His essay collection Atlas of a Tropical Germany, University of Nebreska Press, 2000, was edited and translated by Prof. Leslie A. Adelson. His novel Gefährliche Verwantschaft was translated into Spanish, French, Turkish and into English as Perilous Kinship by Prof. Tom Cheesman.


“Radical Diversity”, UBC Dept. of CENES Ziegler Lecture Series Panel Discussion with Riel Dupuis-Rossi, Max Czollek and Mohamed Amjahid on Nov 4th, 11am PT

Join us on November 4th at 11am for a virtual Ziegler Lecture Series Roundtable Discussion on "Radical Diversity", featuring Riel Dupuis-Rossi, Max Czollek and Mohamed Amjahid. This talk is co-sponsored by the Centre for Migration Studies Narratives Group.

Title: Radical Diversity – An international discussion on colonial practices, structures and discourses and strategies to disrupt them.

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Abstract: As part of UBC’s Narratives Research Group’s 2021/22 Lecture Series on Indigenous Presence and Representation in European Studies, co-organized by Elizabeth Nijdam and Markus Hallensleben, this will be one of two panels on Radical Diversity featuring Berlin-based writers Max Czollek and Mohamed Amjahid in conversation with Riel Dupuis-Rossi, a locally based educator in decolonization and psychotherapist for Indigenous people. A second panel on "Radical Diversity – An International Discussion of Transformative Narratives from an Indigenous, Jewish and Immigrant Perspective," will take place on January 20, 2022, at 11am PT, with Indigenous filmmaker Jules Koostachin and LGBTQ+ Support Worker Kristi Pinderi who immigrated to Vancouver from Albania.


Riel Dupuis-Rossi, (MA, MSW, RSW), is a psychotherapist of Kanienʼkehá꞉ka (Mohawk), Algonquin, and Italian descent. Riel grew up in their traditional territories, off reserve in Hamilton, Ontario, and Montreal, Quebec. Since 2011, Riel has been providing decolonising and culturally-centred trauma therapy to Indigenous individuals, couples, families, and groups in Vancouver, British Columbia, located in the unceded and occupied Homelands of the Squamish, Tsleil Waututh, and Musqueam Nations. Riel has also designed and delivered educational training on Indigenous cultural safety and provided clinical consultation for allied healthcare staff working with Indigenous peoples within the healthcare system. Riel earned a Master of Educational Studies from McGill University and a Master of Social Work from California State University Los Angeles. They are co-author of a booklet published by AMSSA in 2020, “Disrupting Current Colonial Practices and Structures in the Immigration and Non-Profit Sector.”

Max Czollek is a poet, publicist and political scientist. He received his doctorate from the Center for Research on Anti-Semitism at the Technische Universität Berlin and is particularly well known for his theatrical and essayistic work surrounding memory culture, integration and Jewish identity in post-war Germany. Theaters works include De-Integration. A Congress on contemporary Jewish positions and the Days of Radical Jewish Culture at Maxim Gorki Theater as well as the international Days of Jewish-Muslim Hegemony. His essays Desintegriert Euch! (Disintegrate!) and Gegenwartsbewältigung (Overcoming the Present) are published with Carl Hanser Verlag, his collections of poetry at Verlagshaus Berlin. He is co-editor of the magazine Jalta – Positionen zur jüdischen Gegenwart. (Yalta – Positions on the Jewish Present). Recently, Czollek collaborated with the Maxim Gorki Theater to create the film, The Best Supper: From the Bubble to the Charts (2020). He has also been the co-creator, alongside Mohamed Amjahid, of a Goethe Institute event series titled Radical Diversity.

Mohamed Amjahid was born as the son of so-called guest workers in Frankfurt am Main in 1988. He attended school in Morocco until he graduated from high school. He studied political science in Berlin and Cairo and conducted research on various anthropological projects in North Africa. During his studies, he worked as a journalist for taz, Frankfurter Rundschau and Deutschlandfunk. After completing his master’s degree, Amjahid worked as a trainee at the Tagesspiegel in Berlin. Afterwards he worked as a political reporter for the weekly newspaper Die Zeit and Zeit Magazin. He is currently working on several new book projects. Anthropologically and journalistically, he focuses on human rights, equality and upheaval in the USA, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. His newest book, “Whitewash” appeared in German (Der weiße Fleck) at Piper this year. He will be Thomas Mann Fellow at the Villa Aurora in 2022. More info can be found at