About the Conference
How can literature contribute towards our understanding of European identities and lives? What alternative discourses can writers create to those of politics and the media? What role can culture play in a Europe threatened by populism and nationalism? Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Mely Kiyak, Nicol Ljubić, Tilman Spengler and Antje Rávic Strubel, invite 30 authors from all across Europe to Berlin to discuss these questions in a series of talks called “WritingAwayBorders”.
The first European Writers’ Conference took place in 2014 under the title “Europe – Dream and Reality.” It focused on the disruptive effects of the economic crisis and the Ukraine conflict, which had just broken out. In May 2016 the writers will build upon the themes of the first conference by discussing common European values in the face of nationalism and xenophobia, literature’s potential to overcome cultural and political borders, and to what degree culture tolerates or requires immigration.
Five roundtables will be held during the conference on 9 and 10 May in the Academy of Arts. At the end of the first day of the conference, Europe’s literary and linguistic diversity can be experienced at the Deutsches Theater as part of the Long Night of European Literature. More information about the programme can be found here.
The conference is public and free of charge. Please register online and fill this registration form.
The European Writers’ Conference is an initiative run by the authors Mely Kiyak, Antje Rávic Strubel, Nicol Ljubić and Tilman Spengler working alongside Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The conference is being organised by G + F Kulturarbeit gUG and supported by the Capital Cultural Fund and Stiftung Mertacor in collaboration with the Allianz Cultural Foundation and Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe. The hosts are the Academy of Arts and the Deutsches Theater. With kind support of the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt and the BMW Group.