conversations, paper presentations and public talks with engaged thinkers and doers

The podcast features the work of early career researchers, scholars, cultural practitioners, activists and more – people whose work touches on the zeitgeist and politics of our day-to-day lives and who are interested in the ways in which our theories and practices can be employed in thinking about our political presents.

Hosted by Yael Attia and Kathleen Samson, doctoral fellows at the RTG minor cosmopolitanisms, the podcast starts from within the RTG’s rich network to offer an outlook of the vast array of interests and activities that come together under this programme. The podcast may start from this location, but it reaches outward, enabling us to disembark from our base in Berlin, and create an eclectic constellation of voices and thinkers. 

Organised by:

Yael Attia and Kathleen Samson

Yael Attia is a doctoral fellow at the RTG minor cosmopolitanisms. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Jewish Studies at Tel Aviv University, Yael completed a Masters degree in the school of Jewish Theology at the University of Potsdam with a thesis titled: “Judaism, Philosophy and the concept of responsibility towards the animal.” In her current research project, she seeks to trace the constitutive role of Jewish colonial experience in North Africa as formative to Modern Jewish political thinking, as it emerged in a series of Francophone intellectuals: Helene Cixous, Albert Memmi and Jacques Derrida. For many years, Yael has worked as a guide at museums in Israel and Germany, among them, Yad Vashem, ANU museum of the Jewish people and Jewish Museum Berlin.

Kathleen Samson is a doctoral fellow at the RTG minor cosmopolitanisms. After her undergraduate training in English Literature and Anthropology at Rhodes University, Grahamstown in South Africa, Kathleen completed her MA in Language, Literature and Modernity at the University of Cape Town in 2016. The project considered the ways in which contemporary Black South African writers speak together and differently on the possibility or the impossibility of writing new narratives for post-apartheid Johannesburg. In her current project, Kathleen works with contemporary South African literature to think about a temporal-affective formation that attends to the disjuncture between the past’s hopeful promises for the future, and the troubling encounter with the present.

Our Amazing intro track is by Shane Cooper: “Bass in the Bathroom”, from the album Small Songs for Big Times, March 2020. For more, please visit