Programmsparten: Science and the Humanities

Shane Anderson

born in San Jose, California in 1982, studied philosophy at the University of California, Davis. In 2007/2008, he received a DAAD research grant for a project on Bertolt Brecht. Anderson has written his own piece for the stage (»Dogs, Wolves, Coyotes«, 2007) and in 2012 he published his first experimental

Sebastian Schmideler

born in Leipzig in 1979, studied History, German Studies and German, and completed his doctoral degree with a thesis on historical images of the Middle Ages in children’s and teen literature. He researches on children’s and teen literature of the past and present.

Sebastian 23

born as Sebastian Rabsahl in Duisburg in 1979, he studied philosophy. He performed at poetry slams and on television under his pseudonym from 2003 onwards and also published several of his sets on CD, among others as a member of the literary performing »boy group« Smaat. His books like »Schwerkraft

Samar Yazbek

Samar Yazbek was born in 1970 in Jableh, a small town on Syria’s Mediterranean shore. She studied Arabic literature in Lattakia and today worked as an editor for www.nesasy.org. This website is dedicated to human rights, especially the rights and freedoms of women. She also edited and presented a cultural

Sabine Erbstößer

born in Crivitz in 1976, studied German, Sciences for the primary level and Mathematics and researches on child sponsoring, children’s literature in primary-school science lessons and children’s experience of space. Furthermore, she worked as a teacher until 2009 and volunteers in work with girls.

Sacha Alanoca

born in 1992 in Paris, is an AI policy researcher at »The Future Society«, a think-and-do-tank originally founded at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her focuses include data governance, privacy and the impact of algorithmical bias, especially on social minorities as well as on notions of free will and human agency.

Ryad Assani-Razaki

Ryad Assani-Razaki was born in 1981 in Cotonou in the West African state of Benin as the son of a computer scientist and a mother who was a literature enthusiast. He studied computer science at the University of North Carolina in the USA and the Université de Montréal in Canada.

Roman Lipski

born 1969 in Nowy Dwór Gdański, is a painter living in Berlin since 1989, whose works are exhibited internationally and are part of renowned collections, including the Marx Collection, the Alex Katz Foundation in New York, the Elgiz Museum in Istanbul, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. For his

Ralph Stock

Ralph Stock, born in 1969, and is seen as one of the first professional developers of commercially sold computer games in Germany and Europe. His debut, »Der Stein der Weisen« (1984; tr. The Philospher’s Stone), was a great commercial success, which he was also able to repeat with »Mad TV«

Priya Basil

born in London to a family with Indian roots, grew up in Kenya, now lives in Berlin. Her novels have been nominated for numerous awards and she regularly writes essays for various publications, including »The Guardian« and »Die Zeit«. Her most recent book »In Us and Now: Becoming Feminist« (2021)

Piers Torday

Piers Torday, son of English writer Paul Torday, was born in Northumberland in 1974. He attended Eton College then studied at the University of Oxford. He has worked as a writer for theater, live comedy shows, and television. After attending an Arvon writing course, he wrote his first book for

Pieta Poeta

is a Brazilian teacher and artist active in literature and visual arts in parallel with his biology classes. He has participated in many national and international poetry slams and spoken words events with great success since 2016 and published many books and zines.