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Georg Aescht

Georg Aescht, born in Zeiden, Romania, in 1953, taught at a German-speaking grammar school after finishing his own studies in german language and literature and English at the University of Klausenburg/Cluj. In 1984 he migrated with his wife and daughter to Germany, and in 1991 he took on the position of editor of the Bonn Foundation for East German Cultural Counsel, where he edits the »Cultural and Political Correspondence«. Alongside his journalistic activities Aescht has edited and translated books by Banciu, Manea, Naum, Papilian and Sebastian from Romanian and French.

Omar Akbar

Omar Akbar was born in 1948 in Kabul, and has lived since 1960 in the German Federal Republic. He studied Architecture and Urbanism at the Technical University in Berlin, where he worked as an assistant professor following graduation, as well as being a guest lecturer at the Hochschule der Künste (university of the arts). He worked as a consultant, architect, and urbanist in Baghdad, Banjul, Sana'a, Cairo and Aswan on behalf of various organisations, including the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (German Technical Cooperation). He became Professor for Town Planning and Architectural Theory at the Hochschule Anhalt in Dresden in 1993, where he was appointed Director and Chairman of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in 1998. He has been Professor for Town Planning and Architectural Theory at the Dessau Institute of Architecture (DIA) since 2009.

Maike Albath

Maike Albath, born in Braunschweig in 1966, currently lives in Berlin. Following her studies in Romance and German Studies in Berlin and Italy, she graduated with a study of the Italian poet Andrea Zanzotto. She has worked since 1993 as a journalist with Deutschlandfunk and DeutschlandRadio Kultur. She works for the Neuen Zürcher Zeitung, the Frankfurter Rundschau and the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Gabriele von Arnim

After having studied politics and sociology and obtained her doctorate, Gabriele von Arnim spent ten years in New York as a freelance journalist and wrote for important German newspapers. In 1992, she initiated the “Munich Outcry” against right-wing extremism and xenophobia; in 1994, she founded the society “Memento – Initiative KZ-Gedenkstätte Dachau” (Initiative for a memorial to the concentration camp Dachau). Gabriele von Arnim works for various radio and television broadcasters and is once again active as a freelance journalist. Her book of short stories “Matilde, unverrückbar” (t: Matilde: unshakeable) was published in 1999.

Susan Arndt

Susan Arndt works as African and literary theorist at the Institute for English and American Studies at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. She has published works on the themes of intertextuality, oral and written literatures of West Africa, performance and popular culture in Africa, gender, women's literature and feminism in Africa, as well as racism, diaspora and Black Europe. She is currently working on a postdoctoral text on »critical research on being white«.

Verena Auffermann

After an apprenticeship in the book trade Verena Auffermann studied art history. She has since worked as a literary critic, writing for »Zeit«, »Süddeutsche Zeitung«, »Hessischer Rundfunk« and »DeutschlandRadio« among others, and as an author in her own right. Her books include »Nelke und Caruso. Über Hunde. Eine Romanze« and »Das geöffnete Kleid. Von Giorgione zu Tiepolo«. Verena Auffermann was a juror for the Klagenfurt Ingeborg Bachmann Competition for five years. She lives in Berlin.

Sven Arnold

Sven Arnold, born in Wuppertal in 1963, has a degree in Literary Studies and lives in Berlin. He worked from 1992 to 2008 at the Literarischen Colloquium Berlin and at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. He is an editor, literary critic, presenter and, since 2009, advisor and trainer for academic and professional writing.

Silke Behl

Radio journalist Silke Behl studied literature and literary theory. She worked at the Universitas Indonesia in Jakarta for five years and since 1991 has been editor of the literature section of »Radio Bremen«. She is one of the cofounders of the Bremen festival »poetry on the road«, on the board of directors of the international organisation »Poets of all Nations« as well as of Bremen's Literaturhaus, and the author of several travel books.

Bas Böttcher

Bas Böttcher, Berlin. Born 1974 in Bremen. Novelist and rap-poet. 1991 founded the band „Zentrifugal“. Multiple winner of the German Poetry Slam Prize (1995-1997). Along with records and anthologies, published the novels “Megaherz“ (2004), “Poetry Clips” (2005), “Dies ist kein Konzert“ (2006).

[http://www.basboettcher.de]

György Fehéri

Literary scholar György Fehéri was born in 1953, and has lived in Germany since 1983. While working at the Hungarian Cultural Institute, he published mainly essays, criticism, and literary historical works. Fehéri is a frequent contributor to the Hungarian-Jewish newspaper “Múlt és Jövö”.

Sigrid Brinkmann

Sigrid Brinkmann studied Romance Languages and Literature in Montpelier, Paris and Berlin. She translated prose texts from the French original and has worked since 1987 as a freelance author for various ARD radio stations. She was a presenter on NDR Kultur between 1994 and 2008. She produced numerous reportages from Israel as well as portraits of Israeli and French writers. She has presented the DeutschlandRadio Kultur programme »Fazit« since 2005.

Hans Christoph Buch

Hans Christoph Buch, born in 1944, studied German and Slavic language and literature in Bonn and Berlin. As early as 1963 he read from his work at a get together of Gruppe 47. In 1972 he studied with Walter Höllerer and taught at various universities, among them in Hong Kong, Buenos Aires and the US. The literary theorist, essayist, journalist and storyteller has been interested in the Caribbean sphere since the eighties and in the nineties became known above all for his reportages on African areas in crisis. Hans Christoph Buch was awarded the Prize of the Frankfurt Anthology in 2004. He lives in Berlin.

Ulrike Draesner

Ulrike Draesner, born in 1962, studied in Germany and in England. Today she works as a freelance author in Berlin. Her work includes novels, narratives, stories and essays. Her publications include, amongst others, the novel "Mitgift“ (2001), the narrative "Hot Dogs“ (2002), the story "Kugelblitz“ (2005), and the novel "Spiele“ (2005). Draesner has received numerous honours for her work, most notably the "Preis der Literaturhäuser" and the "Droste-Preis".

György Dalos

György Dalos, born in Budapest in 1943, studied at Moscow University but in 1968 was convicted of committing »an offense to the state« and banned from all professions . He worked as a translator (German and Russian) and in the seventies became a involved in the Hungarian opposition. György Dalos received a grant from Berlin's DAAD from 1984 to 1985, and from 1995 to 1999 was director of the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Berlin. He was awarded the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize in 1995.

Katharina Döbler

Katharina Döbler, born in Gunzenhausen, studied theatre. She is the author of radio plays and theatre pieces and an editor at »Le Monde Diplomatique« as well as a literary critic for the »Zeit« and radio. Döbler lives in Berlin.

† Dr.oec. HSG Robin Meyer-Lucht

Robin Meyer-Lucht, born in 1973, has worked since 2005 as strategy advisor for media enterprises and as media journalist. He has advised, among others, the Swiss publishing house Ringier and the Hessian radio station, and regularly writes the »Virtual market« column for the »Perlentaucher«. He was research assistant for Professor Dr. Peter Glotz at the Institute for Media and Communication Management at the University of St. Gallen from 2001 to 2004. Robin Meyer-Lucht lived in Zurich and Berlin. Robin Meyer-Lucht died in September 2011.

Nathalie Mälzer-Semlinger

Nathalie Mälzer-Semlinger, born in 1970, studied general and comparative literature, theatre and film theory in both Berlin and Paris. She now lives in Berlin, where she works as a freelance literary translator, interpreter and moderator. In 2000 she was awarded, together with a colleague, the Stefan George Prize.

Florian Höllerer

Florian Höllerer, born in Berlin in 1968, has been Director of the Literaturhaus Stuttgart since 2000, and was on the board of directors of the literary network literaturhaus.net from 2008 to 2010. He studied German and Romance Studies in Berlin and Paris and taught for two years at Princeton University. He was awarded the prize of the Lyoner Académie des Sciences, Belles Lettres et Arts for his translation of the poems of René Leynaud. His doctoral thesis Les Poésies de Henri Heine. Heinrich Heine in der Lesart Gérard de Nervals (the poetry of Heinrich Heine. Heinrich Heine as interpreted by Gérard de Nerval) was published by J.B.Metzler in 2004. Florian Höllerer is involved in numerous literary juries and is co-editor of various essay anthologies, as well as editor of W.G.Sebald – Zerstreute Reminiszenzen (W.G.Sebald – Scattered Reminiscences). He has been teaching regularly at the University in Stuttgart since 2007.

Knut Elstermann

Knut Elstermann, born in Berlin in 1960, is a journalist, film critic and moderator at »RadioEins«. He has carried out numerous projects for radio and television, among them studies on cinema in Russia and Israel, the DEFA and Babelsberg, Volker Schlöndorff, Konrad Wolf and Andreas Dresen. His book »Gerdas Schweigen« came out in 2005.

Marita Meyer

Marita Meyer was born in 1962, studied German, Philosophy, and Art History, and wrote her doctorate in Heidelberg about Peter Weiss and the portrayal of the Holocaust. She has worked as an editor at Yale University (USA) and as DAAD-editor at the Uniwersytet Szczecinski (Poland). Currently she is an assitant lecturer at the FU Berlin. She has published articles on 20th century literature and culture, as well as on contemporary literature.

Matthias Kalle

Matthias Kalle was born in 1975 and, after cutting his studies in Journalism and Cultural Studies short, he worked as an editor with »jetzt«. He won the Axel Springer Award in 2001 and in 2003 co-created the magazine »Neon«. After working for five years as chief editor of the Berlin city magazine »zitty«, he has worked since 2009 as a consultant for the »ZEITmagazin«, as a columnist for »Neon« and writer for the »Tagesspiegel«, in addition to hosting and presenting the monthly »zitty Leselounge«. His book »Verzichten auf« (tr.: Doing Without) was published by Kiepenheuer & Witsch in 2003

[http://www.bueromatthiaskalle.com]

Caroline Fetscher

Following training as a journalist at the Henri Nannen School Caroline Fetscher studied literary theory and psychology in Freiburg and Hamburg. She worked for Greenpeace from 1982 to 1989 (among other things as editor-in-chief of the Greenpeace magazine) and as of 1980 worked as a journalist for »Der Spiegel«, »GEO«, »Süddeutsche Zeitung«, »tageszeitung«, »Merkur« and »Frankfurter Rundschau«. Caroline Fetscher has written for the Berlin »Tagespiegel« since 1997, focusing on southern Europe, human rights, the Hague Tribunal, gender issues, transatlantic relations and literature.

Dieter Ingenschay

Dieter Ingenschay, born in 1948, is a professor for Hispanic literary studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin. His key focus comprises of Spanish and Latin American literature of the 20th century, in particular city literature, post colonial/post dictatorship literature and Gender/Gay Studies. He has held guest professorships in the USA, Argentina and Spain amongst others. Igenschay is the program coordinator of "ProSpanien", which focuses on the promotion of Spanish culture and scholarship.

Juan Moreno

Juan Moreno was born in 1972 in the Spanish Huércal-Overa. He studied economics in Constance, Florence and Cologne. In conjunction, he attended the Deutsche Journalistenschule (German School of Journalism) in Munich. Moreno has been working for the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” since 2000. He has been hosting a radio show for the “Westdeutschen Rundfunk“ and writing regularly for the news magazine "Der Spiegel" since mid 2007. His novel "Cindy liebt mich nicht" (together with Jochen-Martin Gutsch) was published in 2005.

Martin Jankowski

Martin was born in Greifswald, in 1965, and lives in Berlin. Since 1985 he has been active as a singer and poet in Leipzig’s political underground. He has been living as a novelist in Berlin since 1995. He has published songs, poems, essays, stories and the books “Rabet oder Das Verschwinden einer Himmelsrichtung“ (1999), “Indonesisches Sekundenbuch“ (poetry, 2005), “Mäuse“ (novella, 2006), “Der Tag, der Deutschland veränderte“ (essays, 2007). Jankowski hosts two monthly literary salons and directs the Berliner Literarische Aktion e.V. Since 2001 he has worked in the team of the international literature festival berlin and founded, among other things, the "International SLAM!Revue" and the reading series in prisons "Literature behind bars".

[http://www.martin-jankowski.de/]

Jörg Hafkemeyer

Jörg Hafkemeyer, born in 1947 in Berlin, has been working for radio and television since the end of the 70’s, initially as the culture editor and host for the Saarländischen broadcast. He was an active correspondent in Washington and Mexico for the TV channel ARD. At the end of the 90’s Hafkemeyer took on the position as Chief editor for the series "Sabine Christiansen“, for almost 2 years. In 2000 he built up the program of study “Culture Journalism” at the Berlin Universität der Künste (UdK) (University of Art), of which he was the principal until 2005. In 2002 he was promoted to Honorary Professor. He continues to work concurrently as a film maker for ARD and for the Deutschlandradio Kultur, as well as for different newspapers.

Lidija Klasic

Lidija Klasic, born in Krapina, Yugoslavia (today Croatia), studied political theory in Zagreb. She worked as a journalist for the then Radio Zagreb and as of 1988 as a foreign correspondent in Bonn. Discharged for being a critic of Tudjman, she then worked as an editor at the »Deutsche Welle«. Lidija Klasic now works as a parliamentary correspondent for the »Deutsche Welle« in Berlin.

Elke Schmitter

Elke Schmitter, born in 1961 in Krefeld, studied philosophy in Munich. She works as an editor at the S. Fischer Publishing Company, as a journalist at “taz”, and as a freelance critic and essayist, particularly for the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” and “Die Zeit”. Schmitter is a member of the culture section of the “Spiegel” editing department. She has published stories (1980 and 2006), books (2000, 2002 and 2006) and a series of essays about Heinrich Heine (1997). Her literature has been translated into 21 languages. From time to time she translates English poetry into German.

Steffen Richter

Steffen Richter, geboren 1969, ist promovierter Literaturwissenschaftler und Lehrbeauftragter an Universitäten in Essen, Berlin und Hannover. Er schreibt für die „Neue Zürcher Zeitung“, die „Literarische Welt“, die „Frankfurter Rundschau“ und ist Kolumnist beim „Tagesspiegel“. Richer lebt in Berlin.

Klaus-Jürgen Liedtke

Klaus-Jürgen Liedtke, born in the German county of Südtondern, Schleswig-Holstein in 1950, has published the poetry collection Scherben Leben Brocken Tod, Gedichte 1969–99 (Berlin: Gemini 2001, Engl: Shards Life Boulders Death, Poems 1969-9) and the prose volume Die versunkene Welt (Frankfurt/Main: Eichborn 2008, Engl: The Sunken World), among others , as well as making a name for himself as a literary translator from Swedish. He was awarded the Natur-och-Kultur-Übersetzerpreis in 1993 for his 7-volume complete German edition of Gunnar Ekelöf (1991-2004, Kleinheinrich, Münster), and received the Tolkningspris of the Swedish Academy in 2004, the Paul-Celan-Prize in 2005, as well as the First Class Federal Cross of Merit in 2008 for his services in support of a cultural network for the Baltic area.

Shelly Kupferberg

Shelley Kupferberg was born in Tel Aviv in 1974 and grew up in West Berlin. She was already involved in radio programmes during her studies in Journalism and Theatre. Today she moderates several cultural and social broadcasts and for the past few years has been artistic advisor for the Jewish Days of Culture in Berlin.

Hinrich Schmidt-Henkel

Hinrich Schmidt-Henkel, born in Berlin, translates French, Italian and Norwegian literature and theatre (Céline, Echenoz, Reza, Benni, Fosse, Ibsen). He often appears as a presenter at literature houses and institutions, and his linguistic and cultural contributions can be seen on »Karambolage«, on the »ARTE« channel.

Sigrid Löffler

Sigrid Löffler, born in 1942, is a publisher and critic from Austria. She was, amongst other things, culture correspondent for the "Süddeutschen Zeitung”, and head of the feature page for the Hamburg Weekend newspaper "Die Zeit“. Today, she is the editor of the journal, “Literaturen“ in Berlin, which she founded in 2000. For 13 years she was a member of the ZDF series, “Das literarische Quartett“.

Ilma Rakusa

Ilma Rakusa, born in 1946, studied Slavic and the Romance languages. She makes a living as a writer, translator, publicist (“Neue Zürcher Zeitung“ and “Die Zeit“) and as a visiting University Professor in Zurich. Aside from numerous translations from Russian, Serbo-Croatian, French and Hungarian, her most recent works include "Langsamer!" (2005), "Durch Schnee. Erzählungen und Prosaminiaturen" (2006) and "Zur Sprache gehen. Poetikvorlesungen" (2006).

Bernhard Robben

Bernhard Robben, born in 1955, studied Philosophy, history, German language and literature in Freiburg im Breisgau as well as at the Free University in Berlin. He worked as a German teacher in Northern Ireland and since 1986 has been a freelance journalist and translator of Irish, English and American literature. In 2003 he received the translation prize of the North Rhine-Westphalia Foundation for his German version of Ian McEwan's novel »Abbitte«. Bernhard Robben lives with his family in Brunne, near Berlin.

Volker Panzer

Volker Panzer was born in 1947 in Schaffhausen/Saar. From 1968 to 1975 he studied sociology, German language and literature, political science and education in Frankfurt am Main. He attained a teacher training degree and worked as a research assistant within the education department of the University of Mainz. Between 1977 and 1989 he worked as a free-lance journalist for ZDF and ARD, and since 1989 has been the editor of the ZDF culture magazine “aspekte”. From 1992 to 1994 he was the editor of the radio programme “Deutschlandsender Kultur” in Berlin, then between 1994 and 1997 the director of the editorial department for history and society at ZDF. Since July 1997 Volker Panzer has headed and presented the programme “ZDF-nachtstudio”, which is based in Berlin.

Sabine Peschel

Sabine Peschel, born in 1955, studied sinology and German language and literature. She has lived in Taipei, Niigata and Berlin, and translates contemporary Chinese literature. She does publicity for China and has introduced many Chinese writers to German readers for the first time. Sabine Peschel has worked for »Deutsche Welle« in Bonn since 1999.

Frank Sommer

Frank Sommer is an accomplished actor who has performed in both urban and rural theatres. He has directed the »Eventilator« since 1999, where he organises and moderates readings, book recommendation shows and training in the creative promotion of reading. His special interest lies in scary and gruesome stories.

Tilman Rammstedt

Tilman Rammstedt was born in Bielefeld in 1975. In 2003 his short story collection »Erledigungen vor der Feier« came out, and in 2005 followed the novel »Wir bleiben in der Nähe«. He reads on stage regularly with »Visch&Ferse« and writes lyrics and plays music for the rock group »Fön« whose collective adventure novel »K.L. McCoy: Mein Leben als Fön« appeared in 2004, along with their first CD »Wir haben Zeit«. Tilman Rammstedt lives in Berlin.

Wilfried F. Schoeller

Wilfried F. Schoeller, born in 1941, is a writer and literary critic. He led and moderated for the literature magazine “Bücher, Bücher” for Hessen Television for many years. After numerous books, literature films and radio plays his monograph “Jorge Semprún. Roman der Erringerung” was published. Schoeller lives in Berlin and in Franfurt a.M.

Matthias Schwartz

Matthias Schwartz is a research fellow and lecturer at the Institute for East-European Studies and the Peter Szondi-Institute of Comparative Literature at the Free University Berlin. He studied Russian Studies, Polish Studies and Modern History in Berlin, St-Petersburg, Moscow and Warsaw. Currently he is writing his PhD, which focuses on Soviet adventure literature and science fiction from the 1920s to the 60s.

Nicolai von Schweder-Schreiner

Nicolai von Schweder-Schreiner was born in Lissabon in 1967, spent part of his youth in Rio de Janeiro and lives today in Hamburg. He translates from the Portuguese and English (José Saramago, Paulo Lins' novel on which the Oscar-nominated »City of God« was based, Ruy Castro's »Bossa Nova«, Pelé's autobiography). He also works as a composer and musician for theatre and is the singer and guitarist for the band »Veranda Music«.

Claudia Schmölders

Claudia Schmölders studied German Studies, Philosophy and Musicology in Cologne, Berlin, Zürich and New York, and worked for many years as a reader for publishing houses, as editor and journalist. She was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin in 1991-92, and has worked as a private tutor at the Institute for Cultural Studies at the Humboldt University since 1998. She is a member of the German PEN and in 2004 was awarded the Heinrich Mann Prize of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. She has published, among others, »Das Vorurteil im Liebe. Eine Einführung in die Physiognomik« (Berlin 1995, 3rd edition 2007, tr.: Prejudice in Love. An Introduction to Physiognomy) and »Hitlers Gesicht« (Munich 2000, tr.: Hitler's Face), as well as numerous essays on the history of physiognomy, intercourse, and other cultural themes.

[http://www.claudiaschmoelders.de/]

Arno Widmann

Arno Widmann was born in 1946 and studied philosophy in Frankfurt. He was cofounder and editor-in-chief of the »tageszeitung« and directed the »Opinion« department of the »Berliner Zeitung«. Today he works for the »Frankfurter Rundschau«.

Barbara Wahlster

Barbara Wahlster is head of the literature department at Deutschland Radio Kultur. For a long time she worked as a freelance author and journalist predominantly for radio. She also published books and articles for foreign magazines, and translated French non-fiction books. She spent a great number of years abroad, doing research, and on work residencies, including development cooperation. Most recently she taught as a Max-Kade Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt-University in Nashville,USA.

Herbert Wiesner

Herbert Wiesner, born in 1937, grew up in Düsseldorf. After his University studies (particularly literature and art history) he became assistant professor at the University, then a literature critic (for the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”), dictionary editor and author of literary Television contributions (for the “Hessischen Rundfunk”) in Munich. From 1981 to 86, he was the editor for “Lesezeichen. Zs. für neue Literatur und Kunst”, and from 1985 to 2003 a co-founder and manager of the first German ‘Literature House’ in Berlin, as well as curator of exhibitions about 20th century literature. Wiesner is publisher and co-author of “Texte aus dem Literaturhaus Berlin”, editions 1-14. Since 1996, he has been an advisor on the German PEN-Chair, and in 2006, was responsible for the literary program of the 72nd International PEN-Congress. He publishes numerous literature critiques in “Die Literarische Welt”. In 2005, he was honoured with the Federal Cross of Merit. Wiesner lives in Berlin.

Angela Spizig

Angela Spizig found herself at home between the book shelves of the public library as a child. She travelled at the age of 17 to the USA – on a boat full of exchange students from Europe and Africa. She studied English and Romance languages in Cologne and taught languages and literature. Since 1990, she has appeared as a host for film and literature festivals and panel discussions (English, French and German) and reads literary texts at readings. She writes reviews and columns. As a politician concerning herself with cultural and educational issues, and a volunteer mayor in Cologne, she is actively engaged in international cultural networks.

Inge Zenker-Baltes

Inge Zenker-Baltes studied German and Romance languages in Tübingen and Bremen. For many years she worked as as a freelance literary critic for Hamburg’s "Abendblatt", the "Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung", and the "Weser Kurier" – as well as for Radio Bremen, the WDR, and the rbb. Her reviews have also been published in the "Spiegel", the "Süddeutsche Zeitung", the "NZZ" and the "Tagesspiegel". She has written many feature articles on topics such as Indians and Egyptians. Every year she travels to Cairo to report on its book fair. In Germany she moderates readings of internationally recognized authors, most recently in 2007 at the Frankfurt book fair. In addition, she has written a play and a libretto for a children’s musical. Both were staged with success. She lives in Lilienthal and in Berlin.

Vincent von Wroblewsky

Vincent von Wroblewsky studied philosophy and Romance languages and literature. Since 1991, he has been editor and translator of the work of Jean-Paul Sartre (published by Rowohlt), and is also president of the Jean-Paul Sartre Society in Germany and coeditor of the society's annual publication. He has published numerous essays, among them in »Les Temps Modernes«, »Magazine littéraire« as well as in anthologies of »Existentialismus heute«. Vincent von Wroblewsky lives in Berlin and has worked as a simultaneous interpreter since the sixties.

Kofi Yakpo

The linguist and political scientist Kofi Yakpo - also known under the artist name "Linguist" – is a founding member of the Hip-Hop band "Advanced Chemistry", whose 1992 hit "Fremd im eigenen Land" ("Stranger in my own land") wrote musical history in Germany. Studies in linguistics, political science and social anthropology in Cologne, in management and law in Geneva and London. Subsequently head of Africa desk of the international human rights organisation FIAN. Since 2007, advisor on African affairs and the Right to Food to the Green Party MP Thilo Hoppe in the German parliament. Involved in linguistic research and teaching on language contact and language policy. Author of the 2004 play "Schichtwechsel" ("Change of shift") at the Neukölln Opera in Berlin. Author of short stories and essays, laureate of the 2004 May Ayim Award for black literature.

Geno Lechner

Geno Lechner began her career in theatre. She performed in the premiere of »Taking Sides« in London under the direction of Harold Pinter and also acted in Paris for a year with Michel Bouquet and Claude Brasseur. She had the leading role in »The Forest«, directed by Robert Wilson at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and since 1990 has worked primarily for film, starring in »Schindler's List« and Hal Hartley's »Flirt«. She has also worked with Peck, Askarian, Thome, Bergman and Zauberman, and had the leading role in the New York production of »Love« by Vladan Nicolic and in »Going Under« by Eric Werthman.

[http://www.volume57.com/]

Martina Jakobson

Coming soon.

Céline Robinet

Coming soon.

Susanne Stemmler

Susanne Stemmler, born in 1968, is a specialist in Romance studies and is director of the departments of literature, science, and society at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin. She graduated with a study of the European perspective on the Arab world (tr: The Topography of Vision. A phenomenology of Literary Orientalism in nineteenth Century France). She teaches French literature at Düsseldorf University, was a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Metropolitan Studies in Berlin and other places, including Columbia University in New York.

Nikola Richter

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© Carsten Meltendorf

Guest 2012.

Nikola Richter, born in 1976 in Bremen, studied German Language & Literature, English and Comparative Literature in Tübingen, Norwich and at the Free University of Berlin. She has published several books, among these volumes of poetry and short stories. In addition, she has developed concepts and offered support services for blogs dealing with cultural and political topics and writes journalistic texts for print and online, for example, German daily newspaper ‘Tagespiegel’, the cultural exchange magazine ‘Kulturaustausch’ and eurotopics.net. Nikola Richter teaches the Master’s course ‘Applied Literary Studies’ at the Free University as part of the 'Literature and Media’ module. Since 2012, she has received support from the British Council in its ‘Cultural Leadership International’ programme. Nikola Richter lives in Berlin.

[http://www.nikolarichter.de/]

Larissa Bender

Biography

Guest 2009, 2013.

The biography will appear shortly.

Jacques Rupnik


Guest 2014.

Volker Schlöndorff

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© Jim Rakete

Guest 2014.

Daniela Schwarzer

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© Daniela Schwarzer

Guest 2014.