Short Bio


Dr. Ilka Thiessen

Born in (at the time) West-Berlin 

Birthday on the 31st of August

Languages that I studied but not necessarily remember

English, French, Latin, Macedonian, Russian, Spanish, Yoruba 

Favourite Books: A. Camus, L’Etranger; M. Frisch, Homo Faber; D.Tartt, The Goldfinch

Favourite Songs

Lucifer (Alan Parson Project) Californication 

Favourite Concerts

The Rolling Stones’ Voodoo Lounge Album as seen in Budapest 1995

Ekatarina Velika in Kurshumli An, Skopje, during a thunderstorm in 1993

Favourite Places to live

Metchosin, Mainz, Siena,  Lüneburg, Berlin, Skopje.

- in an ideal world I would like to live at all this places at the same time

People who have taught me most about Canada

Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen,  Al Purdy and the Arrogant Worms (especially!!)

None of them though have been able to convince me yet about the virtues of snow. 

Finn's VIU Fan Club


Ph.D. on Social Change and Identity in Macedonia at the London School of Economics (supervisor: Peter Loizos)

M.Sc. on Female Cannibalism in Papua New Guinea at the  London School of Economics (supervisor James Woodburn)

M.A. Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz  in law, history and African ethnology

B.A. Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg in law, history and South Asian ethnology

I went to High School in Mainz


The Republic of Macedonia

Social Anthropology, Political Anthropology, Gender

Current Research Interests

Virtuality and ART (Artificial Reproduction Technology) 


Most memorable events

The Fall of the Berlin Wall 1989

The release of Nelson Mandela 1990


Photography; training Finn as service dog.

Favourite Quotes

Experience is what you get if you didn’t get what you wanted
— auf den Weg gegeben von Christine in 1986
The best revenge is to live well
— Oscar Wilde