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A Literary World Map

Organized by the Institute for German Literature, the Mosse-Lectures have since their establishment in 1997 developed into an important forum for scientific exchange and transfer of knowledge, and have attracted numerous renowned international speakers to Berlin. For the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Humboldt University, the Mosse lectures are staging a series of events under the title of ‘A Literary World Map: Poets and their Places’ („Literarischer Atlas: Dichter und ihre Ortschaften“). Guests will include authors from five different countries and cultures, for speeches, readings and talks with German partners.

‘Elsewhere, Perhaps’ is the title of Amos Oz' 1966 debut novel about the kibbutz in northern Israel in which he lived until 1986, a place ‘more radical than Tel Aviv’. He picks up this thread in his great novel ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ (2003): a localized fiction, which discovers a universe of storytelling within a small and enclosed environment. Christoph Markschies, President of the Humboldt University, will welcome the Israeli author and host the event. Kiran Nagarkar, one of the most relevant and controversial authors on the Indian subcontinent, has lived for a longer period of time (and continues to do so) as a guest of the DAAD and the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin. He will speak about the culture and literature of his hometown of Bombay (Mumbai) and will have a discussion with the German writer Ulrike Draesner. Istanbul is the environment of the novels of the 2006 Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk: at the border to western culture (and crossing that border), accompanied by Andreas Huyssen, literary scholar and art critic at the Columbia University in New York. ‘A language that I don't understand tells me something’, writes Yoko Tawada from Japan, who most loves the harbor towns among the large cities, and who understands literature as creative translations into different languages, as described in her book, ‘Überseezungen’ (2002). (Reading and discussion with Sigrid Weigel). Juri Andruchowytsch from Franyk/the Ukraine, whose novels and essays have been translated into German, has in his new book project ‘Encyclopedia of my Cities’ developed a form of geo-poetics a mixture of literature and geography (Reading and discussion with Sylvia Sasse, University of Zurich).

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DPA-Meldung 15. Januar 2010
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Ank├╝ndigung RBB-Online 15. Januar 2010
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Bericht der Berliner Literaturkritik 15. Januar 2010
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Die Welt 16. Januar 2010
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Der Tagesspiegel 16. Januar 2010
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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 16.01.2010
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S├╝ddeutsche Zeitung 16.01.2010
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Die tageszeitung 6./7. Februar 2010
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Program

Amos Oz Arad and Tel Aviv Introduction: Christoph Markschies Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 09:15 pm, Senatssaal, Unter den Linden 6, 1st floor

Fotos

  • Foto von Oz, Herting und Markschies

Kiran Nagarkar Bombay Introduction: Ulrike Draesner Thursday, November 19, 2009, 08:15 pm, Senatssaal, Unter den Linden 6, 1st floor

Fotos

  • Foto von Nagarkar und Draesner

Orhan Pamuk Istanbul and New York Introduction: Andreas Huyssen Thursday, January 14, 2010, 08:15 pm, Audimax, Unter den Linden 6, 1st floor

Fotos

  • Orhan Pamuk     © Niels Leiser
  • Orhan Pamuk     © Niels Leiser

Yoko Tawada Berlin and Tokyo Introduction: Sigrid Weigel Thursday, January 21, 2010, 08:15 pm, Senatssaal, Unter den Linden 6, 1st floor

Fotos

  • Foto von Yoko Tawada
  • Foto von Sigrid Weigel und Yoko Tawada

Juri Andruchowytsch Franyk (Ukraine) Introduction: Sylvia Sasse Thursday, February 04, 2010, 08:15 pm, Senatssaal, Unter den Linden 6, 1st floor