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NahostBerlin – the literary Middle East Union

Literarisches Colloquium Berlin (Am Sandwerder 5, 14109 Berlin)


Arabic-speaking and Hebrew-speaking authors from Berlin and their friends dare the utopia of a literary collaboration beyond all that divides them.

What is the influence of the Middle Eastern culture on Berlin? How does Berlin influences the Middle Eastern culture? What happened in the meeting between German Jews and Arab Jews? All these questions and more will be discussed with 14 Berlin writers and experts from all over the Middle East and North Africa.

NahostBerlin – die literarische Middle East Union


13:00 Registration
13:30 Welcome: Martin Jankowski and Jürgen Becker.
Introduction: Hila Amit.

13:45 Nationalism kaput? Muslim and Jewish poetics in the diaspora
With Hasan Ze Alnoon, Asaf Dvori, Hila Amit and Mariam Rasheed Presented by Mati Shemoelof. In English language. Featured Poet: Afshin Javadi Torshizi.

15:30 Coffee Break

16:00 Middle East-Berlin! The literary Middle East in and from Berlin
Keynote address by Ozan Zakariya Keskinkilic. With Abdulkadir Musa, Tali Okavi, Mati Shemoelof and Afshin Javadi Torshizi. Presented by Omri Ben Yehuda. In German language. Featured poet: Tali Okavi.

18:00 Break

19:30 Vos shprakh do you write in? German Jews meet Arab Jews
Interdiscourse with literary texts. Keynote by Tal Hever-Chybowski. With Anna Shapiro, Mona Yahia, Max Czollek, Esther Dischereit and Zehava Khalfa. Presented by Hanno Hauenstein. In German language.

Mainly German language program with foreign language parts (English, Arabic, Hebrew, Yiddish) and translations into German.

For registration please contact: !
No participation fee, breaks with paid snacks.
Admission to the evening reading: 8/5 €.
Hygiene regulations of the LCB here.

In cooperation with ANU – Jews and Arabs Writing in Berlin.
Program curators Hila Amit and Mati Shemoelof.

                                 Snacks by Kanaan Berlin  

We would like to thank all interested parties, partners, supporters and sympathisers for their dedicated cooperation in the preparation of this unique symposium!

PARATAXE is a project of the Berliner Literarische Aktion e.V. and is supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The Parataxe symposia are held in cooperation with the LCB and Literaturport.

Press: Simon v. Krosigk
PARATAXE – die internationalen Literaturszenen Berlins
stadtsprachen – Magazin der internationalen Literaturen Berlins
c/o Berliner Literarische Aktion e.V.
Kastanienallee 2
D – 10435 Berlin
Tel.: +49(0)30/53155963



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