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Citizenship Lectures Summer 2018: Science at Risk – Scholars at Work

Refugee Academics present their work and research in a multidisciplinary lecture series. Thursdays 16-18h, Campus Neues Palais, House 12, Room 0.39.

April 19, 2018, 4pm | Campus Neues Palais | House 12, Room 0.39 (

Opening Event:

Introductions by Jürgen Mackert (Centre for Citizenship, UP), Florian J. Schweigert (Vice President for International Affairs, Alumni and Fundraising, UP), and Claudia Rößling (Welcome Center, UP) and Screening of the Documentary "Science in Exile" by Nicole Leghissa/TWAS 

Science in Exile Film Poster
Photo: TWAS

May 3, 2018, 4pm | Campus Neues Palais | House 12, Room 0.39 (

Özge Yaka:

A Feminist-Phenomenology of Women's Activism against Hydropower Plants in Turkey's Black Sea Region

Dr. Özge Yaka has received her PhD in Sociology from Lancaster University in 2011. She has held positions as an Assistant Professor at Ondokuz Mayis University in Turkey, as Einstein Postdoctoral Fellow and as a Visiting Professor at Graduate School of North American Studies – JFKI, Freie Universität Berlin and as a Gerda Henkel Research Fellow at Collège d'études mondiales – FMSH Paris under the Chair of Rethinking Social Justice of Prof. Nancy Fraser. Her research interests include critical social theory, social and environmental movements, global and environmental justice, feminist phenomenology, gender, body and subjectivity. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Gender, Place and Culture, New Formations and Journal of Contemporary European Studies and in various edited volumes. She is currently research associate with the research group on Post-Growth Societies at the Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena.

May 17, 2018, 4pm | Neues Palais | House 12, Room 0.39 (

Zafer Yılmaz:

The Sources of New "Apocalyptic" Populism: Resentment, Nationalist Political Imagination, and Reactionary Opinion Formation

Zafer Yılmaz is a visiting scholar (Dr.) at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Potsdam University. His current work is concerned with the rise of authoritarianism, transformation of the rule of law and citizenship in Turkey. He has published a book on the concept of risk and poverty alleviation policies of the World Bank and several papers on new poverty management, social policies, family policies and new Islamic charity mentality in Turkey. His latest publications include “The AKP and the Spirit of the ‘New’ Turkey: Imagined Victim, Reactionary Mood, and Resentful Sovereign,” Turkish Studies, and “‘Strengthening the Family’ Policies in Turkey: Managing the Social Question and Armoring Conservative-Neoliberal Populism,” Turkish Studies.

May 31, 2018, 4pm | Campus Neues Palais | House 12, Room 0.39 ( 

Zeynep Kıvılcım:

EU-Turkey Refugee Deal and the Changing Paradigms of Refugee Law

Zeynep Kıvılcım is an associate professor of public international law and signatory of the Academics for Peace petition. She got her MA and PhD degrees from Université Paris II and she taught gender and law, critical approaches to public international law and international human rights law, at Istanbul University until her dismissal by a state of emergency decree in October 2016. In Germany she taught at Gottingen University, Osnabrück University and Humboldt University. She is currently fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Her most recent publications include “Legal Violence against Syrian Female Refugees”, Feminist Legal Studies, 2016, Vol.24, p.193-214, A Gendered Approach to the Syrian Refugee Crisis, Routledge, (co-editor with Jane Freedman and Nurcan Özgür Baklacıoğlu), 2017, "Articulating Human Rights Discourse in Local Struggles in a Neoliberal Age" in The Politics of Legality in a Neoliberal Age (Eds. Ben Golder and Daniel McLoughlin), Routledge, 2018, p.184-205 and “Migration Crises in Turkey”, in Oxford Handbook of Migration Crisis, Cecilia Menjivar, Marie Ruiz and Immanuel Ness Eds., Oxford University Press (Forthcoming 2018).

June 14, 2018, 4pm| Campus Neues Palais | House 12, Room 0.39 (

Tuba İnal-Çekiç:

Urban struggles against the hegemony of the government and the state in Istanbul-Turkey

Tuba İnal Çekiç is an associate professor of urban and regional planning and she taught participatory planning and research methods in planning at Yildiz Technical University until her dismissal by a state of emergency decree in February, 2017. Her research interests include urban movements, participation in planning and urban commons. She is currently working in HafencityUniversity-Hamburg as a research associate with the research group on Cities-4-People. She is also the editor of İstanbul City Almanac and Journal of Planning published by the Chamber of City Planners in İstanbul. Her recent publications include “The Role of Community Based Organizations in Urban Policy: Case of Berlin” Mimarist, Vol 53, Spring 2015; “Spatial Intervention Processes and Practices of Struggle”, Planning, 2017; “Urban Policy/Renewal and Participatory Processes”, Social Democrat Journal, 87-88 Spring, 32-35, 2018; “Resilience of Urban Systems in the Context of Urban Transformation:Lessons from Beykoz - Istanbul” in Resilience and Urban Disasters, Peter Nijkamp and Kamila Borsekova Eds, (Forthcoming 2018).

June 28, 2018, 4pm| Campus Neues Palais | House 12, Room 0.39 (

Youssef Kanjou:

The Syrian Cultural Heritage Situation During the Current Conflict

Youssef Kanjou is the former Director of Aleppo Museum, Syria. Born in 1971, in Aleppo, north Syria, Kanjou received his PhD at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He is a researcher at the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) in Syria and a lecturer at the archaeology department of Aleppo University. Since 2003 until present he has been a member and director of several other archaeological expeditions in Syria. After the current war began in Syria, his main subject became the protection of cultural heritage in Syria. In 2013, he was a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo, Japan. In 2014, he worked on a project titled "War and the Museum: Protecting cultural heritage and helping communities regenerate, during and after war" at the National museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan. Since 2016, with support from Gerda Henkel Foundation, he works as a researcher at the University of Tübingen. For a list of publications visit

July 12, 2018, 4pm | Campus Neues Palais | House 12, Room 0.39 (

Ghanya Al-Naqeb:

The Role of Some Selected Yemeni Herbal Plants for Disease Prevention

Ghanya Al-Naqeb, Associated Professor of Nutritional Sciences, a national of Yemen, holds a Food Sciences and Nutrition degree from the University of Damascus, Syria, in 1998, as well as a M.Sc. in Nutritional Biochemistry from Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia in 2005, and a Ph.D in Nutritional Sciences (Nutrigenomics ) from Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia, 2009. She worked as lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Food Sciences and Technology, University of Sana`a, Yemen (2011-2017). Her research focused in the field of natural products isolated from Yemeni herbal plants for disease prevention with determination of the mechanism of action, providing preclinical data using in vitro and in vivo models (tissue culture and animal study). She has published two international patents and 25 international publications and has been awarded the 2016 Elsevier Foundation Award for Early Career Women Scientists in the Developing World. She is an editor for the Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Aden, Yemen, and reviewer for Journal of Science and Technology of Science and Technology University, Sana`a, Yemen. She has participated in many international conferences and training courses. With the help of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the University of Würzburg was able to bring Dr. Ghanya Al-Naqeb to Würzburg University to continue her research with Prof. Leane Lehmann, Chair of Food Chemistry In Faculty for Chemistry and Pharmacy, Institute of Pharmacy and Food Chemistry, Chair of Food Chemistry.