Halil Can in conversation with Janina Karolewski

Dear friends and interested parties of the Turkey Europe Center,
We would like to invite you to our next event in the lecture series
60 years German-Turkish recruitment agreement – HERE WE ARE!
invite, which we are organizing this summer semester in cooperation with the State Center for Political Education in Hamburg .

Halil Can (Berlin) will speak about Alevi-Zazaki affiliations in movement across borders . The evening will be moderated by Janina Karolewski.
The event will take place on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 6 p.m. ct.
in lecture hall H of the main building of the University of Hamburg g
(Address: Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, 20146 Hamburg ).
Wearing an FFP2 mask is mandatory at the event.

Further information on the event can also be found on our website: .

We look forward to you!

All the best and stay healthy,

Your TEZ team,
Tobias Völker & Corry Guttstadt
Management Turkey Europe Center

Gülfem Alıcı
Spokesperson Turkey Europe Center
Halil Can (Berlin),
Alevi-Zazaki affiliations in motion across borders
Moderator: Janina Karolewski
Workers were called, families came. Guest work from Turkey in Germany should only be temporary. But it became a constant movement, across borders. Along with the migration, the affiliations brought with them also began to move and were newly intertwined in the exchange. In addition, marginalized families with Alevi-Zazaki affiliations experienced their coming-out and recognition only in the diaspora. Using their multi-generational family biographies, it should be described as an example of how the migration to work as a guest worker was designed as a conflictual as well as creative process of transformation and as identity and interweaving work between the unequal social positions of insider and outsider.
The families (members) become visible as actors who, by shaping their lives, also shape and sustainably change the (migration) societies in which they live or with which they are connected.
In their transnational, cross-generational entanglement relationships, a transcultural, creative space is created for a practice of action and a social perspective beyond dominant norms and demarcations.dr des. Halil Can is a political scientist and holds a doctorate in European ethnology with a focus on migration, diversity, intersectional discrimination, racism, empowerment/power sharing and Alevi studies. He is currently working as a research associate at the Technical University of Berlin in the research project “Berlin Police Study”.Janina Karolewski is an Islamic scholar and works at the Center for the Study of Manuscript Cultures , University of Hamburg, in one of Prof. Dr. Raoul Motika on the impact of the Turkish script reform on the manuscript culture of Alevi communities.

Publications by Halil Can :- (2021): Grandchildren: inner generation: “I want to learn Zazaki!”. In: Heinrich Böll Foundation (ed.): Online dossier. 60 years recruitment agreement between Germany and Turkey . A family story. URL: .- (2013): Alevi-Zaza Belongings beyond Borders: Insider/Outsider Attributions and Identity Empowerment Strategies in Transnational and Multigenerational Family Spaces between Turkey and Diaspora. In: Journal for German Politics and Society. Asiye Kaya (issue ed.): Special Issue: The Fiftieth Anniversary of Migration from Turkey to Germany Issue 107, Vol. 31/2, pp. 79-92.– (2008): Outsiders against their will: The ‘coming out’ of Alevism in the diasporic generation of grandchildren or remembrance and identity work via the digital memory of the Internet. In: Sökefeld, Martin (ed.): Alevis in Germany , identity processes of a religious community in the diaspora . Bielefeld: transcript, pp. 155-194.
TEZ Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1 , East Hamburg 20146 Germany

By muratdevres

Academic Coordinator of the project Rememberings

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