World Science Cafe

In the event series World Science Café, fled and threatened scientists offer insights into their research
Wolrd Science Cafe

Since the winter term of 2016/17, the ZAK, in cooperation with the International Scholars & Welcome Office (IScO) has been hosting a new series of events during which refugees report about their scientific work. In line with the title-giving café concept, a brief outline will be followed by a discussion about the state of academia in the speakers’ country of origin, in dialogue with a partner who is familiar with the situation in the respective country. What are the consequences a society faces when scientists are unable to continue research in their own country? How can threatened scientists be enabled to continue their work in Germany? How do they enrich and amplify the academic world and German society?


Upcoming Lectures:

Dr. Balykin
TRIANGEL Space, Kaiserstraße 93, 76133 Karlsruhe

Crossroads of Culture: A Journey from Ukraine to Germany
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ivan Balykin, LL.M.
, Chair of Contemporary History,
University of Mannheim - February 06, 2024, 6 p.m.

Join us for a concise exploration of the crossroads where cultures meet, weaving together past, present, and academic aspirations. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ivan Balykin, LL.M., will speak on "Crossroads of Culture: A Journey from Ukraine to Germany", as well as the intersections of his personal and professional life, unveiling the transitions from Ukraine to the scholarly landscapes of Germany and his aspirations for the future in Germany, from immersive teaching methods to co-founding the educators' community at NGO "Progresylni". He will present his current research on "Memory and Ideological Legacies", understanding the intricate connections between memory narratives, social movements, and identity politics. The talk will be presented by Professor Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha, KIT Distinguished Senior Fellow.


Past Lectures:



Migration & Human Trafficking in the Global South: Cameroon to the Arab Gulf States

Dr. Jonathan Ngeh - Global South Studies Center, University of Cologne

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 6 p.m.


Neoliberal Regimes and Their Gendered Body-Bio-Politics: The Case of AKP in Turkey
Prof. Dr. Betül Yarar
- Educational Sciences, University of Bremen
Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 6pm


Refugees and Migrants – Social and Economic Integration
Afaf Rahim
- Institute for World Economics, University of Kiel
Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 6pm


The Syrian Crysis - A Philosophical and Legal Overview
Dr. Anan Alsheikh Haidar
- Institute for International Peace and Security Law, University of Cologne
Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 6pm


Wandel der Rechtsstaatlichkeit und Unterdrückung der Meinungsfreiheit
Dr. Zafer Yilmaz
- Fakultät für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Potsdam
Mittwoch, 19 Juli 2017, 18 Uhr


On Refugee Lives, or A Note on Human Condition
Prof. Dr. Hande Birkalan-Gedik
- Institut für Soziologie, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Mittwoch, 15 Februar 2017, 18 Uhr


Das syrische Kulturerbe in Krisenzeiten
Prof. Dr. Ammar Abdulrahman
- Institut für die Kulturen des Alten Orients, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Mittwoch, 01 Februar 2017, 18 Uhr


Beteiligung ausländischer Gruppen im Konflikt um Syrien: Status Quo und Zukunftsperspektiven
Prof. Dr. Hussein Almohamad
- Institut für Geographie, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Mittwoch, 30 November 2016, 18 Uhr