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 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 2

10 am – 11.30 am
Elleke Boehmer
Keynote: Migration, Subjectivity and the South in J.M. Coetzee’s post-2013 Writing

11.30 am – 12 pm
Coffee Break

Section 3: Migrants and Postmigration in Germany

12 pm – 1.30 pm
Kyung-Ho Cha (Bayreuth/Greifswald)
The postmigrant subjectivity in Deniz Ohde’s Streulicht [Scattered Light]

Lea Laura Heim (Manchester)
Appropriating the Bildungsroman: Literary Means of Voicing Social Criticism in Fatma Aydemir’s Ellbogen

1.30 pm – 3.15 pm
Lunch Break

Section 4: Female Migrants from Africa and the Middle East

3.15 pm – 4 pm
Leon Osu (Owerri)
Migrating Prose: Contemporary Nigerian Female Novelists and Their Poetics of Migration

4 pm – 4.30 pm
Coffee Break

4.30 pm – 6 pm
Amina Elhalawani (Berlin/Alexandria)
Inhabiting the Hyphen: On Identity and Being in a Selection of Poems by Arab-American Women Writers

Sara Vakili (Tübingen)
Fighting Two Wars: Iranian Diasporic Women Writings

6 pm – 6.30 pm
Break and refreshments

6.30 pm – 8 pm
Tickets to this event may be purchased here.
Adania Shibli (Berlin/Jerusalem)
Reading: Whispers in the Armenian Quarter in Jerusalem
Featuring musical performances by students of the Barenboim-Said Akademie

8 pm
Closing Remarks