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Authors are invited to the meeting, where it becomes clear: The literature that is being created in Germany today cannot be separated from realities beyond its geographical borders. In discussions about joint contemporary writing at the Berlin Literary Colloquium, authors who look from West to East and from East to West come together.

Eastern Europe occupies a strange place in the symbolic structure called “Europe”: although it is part of the continent, it has not found its way into the much-vaunted European “we”. Eastern Europe is always what “We” are not. A place of violence and political crises. This became painfully clear again during the demonstrations in Belarus in 2020/21 and with Russia's expansion of the war in Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

At the same time, the reporting in this country standardized the image of people related to these regions, as if it were a reflection of their own racist assumptions. This contrasts with an Eastern European reality that is historically and currently characterized by the coexistence of different cultures and complex histories. A place that has more to do with plural German society than it sometimes seems.

With Yevgenia Belorusets, Julia Cimafiejeva, Max Czollek, Gintaras Grajauskas, Yuriy Gurzhi, Anna Hetzer, Mely Kiyak, Anastasiia Kosodii, Necati Öziri, Ivana Sajko, Sasha Marianna Salzmann, Krzysztof Siwczyk, Deniz Utlu, Miruna Vlada, Uljana Wolf, Anja Zag Golob

  • Kick-off: Authors’ meeting at the Literary Colloquium Berlin
  • December 1st and 2nd, 2023
  • Literary Colloquium Berlin
  • multilingual

Utopia Eastern Europe will continue in February 2024 with performances, readings, discussions, concerts and DJ sets in the House of World Cultures.
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