Event: June 2016

01:00 PM

17th poesiefestival berlin

Colloquium: Literatures of flight - “We whose splinters are scattered”

Event-Picture: Colloquium: Literatures of flight - “We whose splinters are scattered” Ghayath Almadhoun (c) Cato Lein
Ghayath Almadhoun (c) Cato Lein


The literature industry is reacting to the refugee crisis: novels are being published, poets are seeking a language for current emergencies and in literary academia research projects on refugee literature are being initiated. At the same time, we possess a huge cultural archive of refugee stories – we need only think of the sagas surrounding the flight from Troy.
In three panels scholars will be entering into discussions with poets on current and historical perspectives on flight in this Colloquium, which has been developed in co-operation with the Berlin Centre for Literary and Cultural Research.

Literature in a state of emergency:
Hotspots and transit zones
Club Room
1 pm ­ 2 pm
With Eva Geulen GER literary scholar | Ghayath Almadhoun PSE/SWE poet | Rasha Omran SYR/EGY poet
moderated by: Falko Schmieder GER cultural scientist

According to the official version of language, the refugee process plays out in hotspots, transit zones and reception camps. What images are evoked by this language, what realities are concealed behind these words? And how does literature, which has always dealt with individual and social states of emergency, approach the realities of flight?

Experiences of flight between the ancient world and the present
Club Room
2.15 pm ­ 3.15 pm
With Martin Treml GER religious scholar| Melanie Möller GER ancient philologist | Hammoud Hamoud SYR/GER Islamic scholar
Moderated by: Dirk Pilz GER journalist

Flight and expulsion are themes found not only in the Bible and the Qur’an, but also in such myths as those surrounding Aeneas. This panel will confront depictions of flight in myth and religion with the present situation and ask about what they say about the here and now.

Finding a language for flight
Club Room
3.30 pm ­ 4.30 pm
With Hannah Markus GER Germanist | Alfrun Kliems GER Slavic scholar | Fiston Mwanza Mujila COD/AUT poet
Moderated by: Johann Reißer GER writer

Flight means leaving your mother tongue behind and immersing yourself in new languages. This panel will be discussing ways of speaking about leaving, being foreign and arriving in eastern European, African and German poetry.


The three panels will have English-German interpreting available.

Project leaders: Tim Albrecht, Christine Kutschbach, Johann Reißer

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