Herkunft: Switzerland

Usama Al Shahmani

Usama Al Shahmani was born in Baghdad in 1971 and grew up in Qalat Sukar (Al Nasiriyah). He studied Arabic language and modern Arabic literature, published three scholarly literary books and became an assistant at the University of Baghdad. While he was writing his dissertation, he had to flee his

Urs Jaeggi

Urs Jaeggi, born in 1931 in Solothurn, was a sociologist, writer, and visual artist. In 1981 he was awarded the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize. In the 1960s he began publishing work on political sociology and was a professor at the Institute for Sociology at the Freie Universität Berlin from 1972 to

Urs Mannhart

The Swiss writer Urs Mannhart was born in Rohrbach in 1975. He studied German, English, and philosophy for a few semesters and has worked as a bicycle courier and night watchman in an asylum centre.Since 2004, he has published reports in »Der Neue Bund« and made his debut as a

Tim Guldimann

born in Zurich in 1950, is a political scientist, politician, and diplomat. He studied economics in Zurich and received his doctorate in political science from the University of Dortmund. He entered the diplomatic service in 1982 and was stationed in Egypt, Chechnya, Kosovo, Iran, and Berlin, among other places. He

Tariq Ramadan

Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Islamic Studies. He is currently Senior Research Fellow St Antony’s College (Oxford), Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan) and at the Lokahi Foundation (London). He is a Visiting Professor – in charge of the chair: Identity and Citizenship – at Erasmus University (Netherlands). Through his writings and

Stefan Zweifel

Stefan Zweifel was born in 1967 in Zurich, Switzerland. After studying philosophy, comparative literature, and Egyptology, he wrote his dissertation, working with Michael Pfister, on Donatien Alphonse François de Sade, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, and the French doctor and philosopher Julien Offray de La Mettrie. The two also collaborated on

Ruth Schweikert

Ruth Schweikert was born in 1965 in Lörrach and grew up in Aarau. She trained in theater and studied German language and literature for a time. In 1994 she published her first volume of stories »Erdnüsse. Totschlagen« (tr: Peanuts. Kill), in which Schweikert reflects on the relationships within a family

Robert Aeberhard

is a musician and sound artist from Bern. Since 2005, he has been a member of the duo »Fitzgerald & Rimini« with author and spoken word poet Ariane von Graffenried, working at the intersection of literature, music, and performance. Besides playing the bass, he is interested in exploring the sonic

Petina Gappah

Petina Gappah is a writer and lawyer who was born in Zambia and raised in Zimbabwe. She studied law at the University of Zimbabwe and at Cambridge, and completed her doctorate at the University of Graz. An international lawyer specializing in the World Trade Organization, most recently, she worked for

Peter Stamm

Peter Stamm was born in 1963 in Weinfelden, in the Swiss canton of Thurgau.  He did a business apprenticeship and studied English, Information Technology, Psychology and Psychopathology for a while.  Later he worked as a journalist, writing, among other things, for the »Neue Zürcher Zeitung« and the »Weltwoche«, as well

Paul Nizon

The Swiss author, Paul Nizon remains outside any trends of contemporary German-language literature.  Althrough he was loosly associated with the group 47, he now remains apart from any particular movement; he once described himself as “a writer of part autobiography and part fiction”. Nizon was born in 1929 as a

Patrícia Melo

The writer, screenwriter and playwright Patrícia Melo was born in Assis in the Brazilian state of São Paulo in 1962. She moved to the capital in 1978 and studied at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo. She then worked as a scriptwriter for various