Every year is different, every year is special. The ilb presents projects and events on selected special topics, covering a broad range of issues.
Echo. Echo: Postsoviet Cosmopolis
The special »Echo. Echo: Postsoviet Cosmopolis« is dedicated to the aesthetics and discourse of post-Soviet literature. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, a new literature has emerged that develops across borders in transnational contexts and at the same time is rooted in history. What legacy has Soviet cultural and linguistic policy left behind? How does this literature engage with capitalist and socialist values? What role does multilingual literature and translingual poetics play in the context of the post-Soviet literary space? How do authors respond in their texts to past forms of domination and what new utopias do they create? And how do they react to the recent Russian war of aggression in Ukraine? Beyond the shadow of a still-lingering Cold War interpretation, which forces the multiformity of post-Soviet cultures under one umbrella, a new post-Soviet cosmopolitanism is looking for alternative narratives. It finds community between languages and freedom in new political orders.
The series »Echo. Echo« is a cooperation between the Cluster of Excellence »Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective« at Freie Universität Berlin and the international literature festival berlin [ilb].
Words of Love and Hate II
Misogyny, abuse, and the lack of respect for women – traces of these can be found in almost all areas of life. Misogynistic violence is also a recurring theme in artistic production as well as in contemporary feminist literature. In reportages, autobiographical essays, manifestos, and novels, authors talk about femicide, motherhood, solidarity among women, utopian gender relations, and the possibilities of community. Misandry – deep-rooted hostility towards men – is one of the reactions to misogyny, but certainly not the only one. In the context of the 22nd ilb, we continue our series of events on the complex of misogyny, which we started in 2021. Causes as well as possibilities of resistance and empowerment will be highlighted.
Among others, the authors Bernardine Evaristo, Monika Fagerholm, Burcu Karakaş, Nazli Karabiyikoglu, Jennifer Makumbi, Pilar Quintana, Antje Rávik Strubel, Nicole Seifert, and Julia Weber will take part in this series.
The event series is sponsored by the Foundation Women in Europe / TuWas Foundation for Solidarity.
Not Dead But Dreaming: Contemporary Arabic Literature
Was the revolution only a dream? Ten years after the end of the 2012 Arab Spring, the 22nd ilb will focus on contemporary Arabic literature. It is about the speculative power of dreaming, about the possibilities of writing about traumatic experiences and the diversity of perspectives on and from the Arab world: from experimental prose, Islamic imagery, and the ghosts of late capitalism to feminist perspectives on flight and return.
12th Graphic Novel Day
Image meets text. Since 2011, the Graphic Novel Day annually presents a selection of the most exciting new comic releases. On September 10 and 11, 2022, in cooperation with EUNIC, a two-day program with eight comic artists will take place at silent green Kulturquartier. They are going to talk with curator Lilian Pithan about the art of comics, read from their works, and present slideshows.
Literature Behind Bars
Internationally renowned ilb guests have been voluntarily going behind bars during the festival since 2002. They read in various correctional facilities in the city and engage in conversation with the inmates. The events are not open to the public.
Together with friends, the writer Lola Randl has transformed a train station in Brandenburg into a cultural venue. The ilb will be there on September 17, 2022 for a reading and bird-watching stroll for one afternoon.
4 p.m.: Bird-watching stroll with writers and amateur ornithologists Rebecca Rukeyser and Nell Zink and NABU [Naturschutzbund Deutschland] e.V. Annually, NABU holds an election for »Bird of the Year« to draw attention to endangered species and habitats. From September 2 – October 27, everyone can cast their vote at www.vogeldesjahres.de. Bird expert Martin Rümmler explains which birds there are to discover in Brandenburg.
6 p.m.: Rebecca Rukeyser’s »The Seaplane on Final Approach« is about a young woman who finds herself in a lodge in Alaska for a temporary job. Away from the usual tourist attractions, she seeks new experiences. »An age-old story – puppy love meets jaded lust to dance their death spiral inside a young woman’s head-told with the shameless authenticity of 2022. I ate it up«, says Nell Zink. She talks with Rukeyser about her debut novel.
There is a direct connection from Gesundbrunnen station to Wilmersdorf [b. Angermünde]. To participate in the birding walk and reading, we recommend arriving at 3:41 p.m. Those wishing to come for the reading only should arrive at 5:41 p.m.