Literature on migration from the past 30 years deals with phenomena as diverse as war, climate change, cosmopolitan sensibilities, and increased demands for labor mobility. The conference “Subjectivities of Migration,” hosted by the Barenboim-Said Akademie, discusses the poetic procedures of recent migration literature and interprets its genres as expressions of similar migration experiences.

All events and lectures are in English

Presented by the Barenboim-Said Akademie with support of the German Research Foundation
Concept and Organization: Prof. Dr. Kai Wiegandt


Subjectivities of Migration: Poetics and Genre in the Literary Imagination of Migrant Experience since 1989 - Day 1

11 am
Welcome and Introduction
Michael Naumann, Rector of the Barenboim-Said Akademie
Kai Wiegandt, Professor of Literature at the Barenboim-Said Akademie

Section 1: Genres and Species in Migration Literature

11.30 am – 1 pm
Peter Arnds (Dublin)
Wolves and the Politics of Dehumanization in the Contemporary Novel of Forced Migration

Julia Hoydis (Graz)
“Stranger than Fiction”? (Im)probability, Multi-Species Migration, and Climate Change in Amitav Ghosh’s Gun Island

1 pm – 2.30 pm
Lunch break with tour of the Akademie

2.30 pm – 4 pm
Katrin Becker (Siegen)
Coming of Age, Coming of Class: Subjectivities of Migration in Zadie Smith’s NW (2012) as Second/Third-Generation Bildungsroman

Núria Codina (Leuven)
Transculturality as Intertextuality: Thematic and Aesthetic Crossings in Migration Literature

4 pm – 4.30 pm
Coffee break

Section 2: Ghosts and the Gothic in Migration Literature

4.30 pm – 6 pm
Iris-Aya Laemmerhirt (Dortmund)
Moving from the Shadows: The Spectral Turn in Vietnamese American Refugee Narratives

Kai Wiegandt (Berlin)
Neo-Imperial Gothic: Western Migrant Fiction’s Imagination of Reverse Domination

6 pm – 6.30 pm
Break and Refreshments

6.30 pm – 8 pm
Tickets to this event may be purchased here.
Elleke Boehmer (Oxford)
Reading: To the Volcano
Featuring musical performances by students of the Barenboim-Said Akademie