Intention & Intervention

Intention & Intervention

Authorial strategies against exclusionary discourses

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Bochum Update

As there has been considerable public interest in the letter that I sent to representatives of the Green party, the CDU and the SPD in Bochum last week, I also want to post a quick update on the reply I have received today. My letter had outlined the need to publicly acknowledge that the politicians…

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A hand holding up the books "Zwart: Afro-Europese Literatur uit de Lage Landen", "anders bleiben", "De Goede Immigrant", and "Resonanzen: Schwarzes Literaturfestival - Eine Dokumentation"

Sent / to read / attend

A very quick January update on a letter sent, a special issue to read, and an event to attend. In my previous blog post, I had pointed out factual inaccuracies at the basis of the controversy around the Peter-Weiss-Preis, which were then also reproduced in the official statement by the Bochum politicians Barbara Jessel (Die…

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A cardboard sign, saying "ceasefire now" in capital letters. It leans against a table full of books.

Autumn

My second, and longer, research trip brought me to Berlin on 8 October, a day after the horrific Hamas massacres in Israel and at the start of the IDF’s relentless bombing campaign on Gaza. Impossible to think about much else since or to write about my project here as if it existed in a vacuum….

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Summer of collaboration

It’s been a full summer! The “Homelands, Nightmares, Good Immigrants” event announced in the last blog post was a joy, as captured in the photos below and in this detailed write-up by publisher Gersy Ifeanyi Ejimofo for New Books in German. It was particularly great to have the time and space to continue our panel…

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A research trip of one’s own

Since the March update, I’ve had opportunities to discuss authorial strategies with writers, fellow researchers and public audiences in Essen, Amsterdam, Turku (online) and Utrecht (twice), but I also got to travel purely as an observer. Graz, this photo would suggest, is well-prepared for research trips. The reason for mine was the premiere of Simone…

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On ‘staying different’ and sharing strategies

My first ideas for this research project back in 2018 were sparked by the anthology The Good Immigrant (ed. by Nikesh Shukla, 2016) and the search for comparable contemporary works in German. Shortly after, Eure Heimat ist unser Albtraum was announced (Your Homeland is Our Nightmare, ed. by Fatma Aydemir and Hengameh Yaghoobifarah, 2019) and…

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Interviewing into the new year

Three days into 2023 I got to conduct my first in-depth author interview. Mithu Sanyal and I discussed anticipated audiences, kinship among writers and among texts, degrees of marginalisation in and beyond the literary scene, and to what extent the concept of “postmigration” can still be a fruitful one. This research conversation will appear in…

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3, 2, 1…

I’m very happy to launch this blog after a rewarding first month on the project! Even a few days before its official start date on 1 November, I got to join Das kritkable Queertett in Hamburg. Organised by Pajam Masoumi, the Queertett regularly brings together critics and writers at the cultural centre Kampnagel for a…

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