We regret that Dr. Nawal el Saadawi will not be able to give her keynote lecture due to health reasons. We are grateful to Sharon Dodua Otoo for delivering a lecture instead. 

How Black Feminists in German-language Literature are Marginalized


Sharon Dodua Otoo

Keynote Speaker

Mena Mark Hanna


In English with simultaneous German translation

The literature of Black feminists has revolutionary potential, but their perspectives are yet to be afforded the patronage, recognition, and critical reception that white male perspectives in the German literary world receive as a matter of course. Arguably the most highly acclaimed Black German lyricist, May Ayim, only found appreciation within the German-speaking context after she had become well-known in the U.S. How Black feminist lyricists and authors produce art while navigating the structures that have marginalized and excluded them is the subject of this talk.

Sharon Dodua Otoo

Black British mother, activist, and author Sharon Dodua Otoo is the editor of the English-language book series Witnessed. Her first novellas the things i think while smiling politely and Synchronicity were published in German translations in 2017. She was awarded the 2016 Ingeborg Bachmann Prize for her text Herr Gröttrup setzt sich hin.

Also on that day

Complementing the festival program, works by visual artist and activist Bahia Shehab will be on display in an exhibition. Admission to all events except the concert is free, numbered tickets are required.