In light of the recent and continuing influx of refugees to Europe and Germany and the lasting changes that will undoubtedly result, this panel will revisit questions of German identity, citizenship, and ethnicity.

Deutsches Haus at NYU and NYU Berlin present a panel discussion on Monday, Oct. 26, at 7:00 p.m. among Dr. Gabriella Etmektsoglou, Johannes CS Frank, Çigdem Ipek, and Professor Marcia Pally on "Wir sind das Volk! German Identity Revisited."

In light of the recent and continuing influx of refugees to Europe and Germany and the lasting changes that will undoubtedly result, this panel will revisit questions of German identity, citizenship, and ethnicity.

As Director of NYU Berlin since 2010, Dr. Gabriella Etmektsoglou oversees its academic and administrative activities and develops relationships with local and international universities and research institutions. Before joining NYU, she taught subjects in Modern European History in universities in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. She is a founding member of the National Peace Academy and committed to reshaping higher education, especially global education, so that it becomes a central driver in creating a more humane and sustainable world. She is also continuing her research and writing on the Holocaust in Greece and on narratives of self-victimization in present-day Germany and she co-teaches a course on German History at NYU Berlin.

Johannes CS Frank grew up in Southend-on-Sea (UK), Kiel, and Heidelberg and lives in Berlin. He works as the CEO for the Jewish Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Scholarship Fund. In 2014, he initiated a cooperation with Hillel International to establish Hillel in Germany. Johannes Frank is the editor and co-founder of the Berlin based independent publisher Verlagshaus Berlin. In 2009, Johannes Frank initiated, with the pianists Caspar Frantz and Luiz Gustavo Carvalho and the cellist Julian Arp, the international Zeitkunst Festival. As artistic directors, Johannes Frank, Caspar Frantz and Julian Arp organized the Festival in Berlin, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo, Tel Aviv, and London. In 2009, Johannes Frank established the German-Israeli artistic exchange programme ‘Every Day Life’ in cooperation with the Goethe Institute Tel Aviv. In the frame of this exchange, he taught at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (2008-2011). His publications include Märchenland. Die Gebrüder Grimm in Israel (2010), a collection of Israeli and German poetry. Zeitkunst, a collection of international poetry inspired by New Music, was published in 2012. Johannes Frank was the editor of the English Language literary Magazine Bordercrossing. Frank‘s trilingual (English, Hebrew, German) collection of poetry and prose, Remembrances of Copper Cream, was published in 2012 (Fixpoetry, Hamburg). His translations, Befremdliche Begegnung. Ausgewählte Gedichte von Wilfred Owen, was pubished in 2013 (Hochroth, Berlin), a complete translated edition of Wilfred Owen’s poems and letters, Die Erbärmlichkeit des Krieges was published in October 2014.

Çigdem Ipek is a Berliner of Turkish descent born and raised in Kreuzberg, a district known for its diversity and thriving cultural scene. She holds a degree in social sciences from Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and studied abroad at the New School University’s Graduate Faculty in New York City. Her areas of interest include migration, integration, and identity, as well as education and employment policies. Her professional experience was shaped by a range of diverse employers: the Berlin Senate and the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, in addition to NGOs and freelance projects. Today, Çigdem Ipek is a staff member of the Chancellery and serves as a desk officer at the Office of the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees, and Integration.

Professor Marcia Pally (moderator) teaches at NYU in Multilingual Multicultural Studies and is a regular guest professor at Humboldt University (Berlin). Her latest book, on theologies of relationality as a basis for economic and political policy, will be published in January, 2016. Additionally, Professor Pally has written for many of Europe's and America's top periodicals and has been a regular columnist in many German publications.

Events at Deutsches Haus are free of charge. If you would like to attend this event, please send us an email to deutscheshaus.rsvp@nyu.edu. Space at Deutsches Haus is limited, please arrive ten minutes prior to the event. Thank you!

"Wir sind das Volk! German Identity Revisited" is a DAAD supported event.

 

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