For the first time since the Samuel Fischer Guest Professorship was established in 1998, we have no author as a guest in Berlin this summer semester. The measures made necessary by the coronavirus pandemic affect all people worldwide.

This is "another world".
It brings forth new perspectives and points of view that provide the basis for new artistic expressions and thus help to deal with the situation.

We sympathise with all authors, all creative workers and express our empathy and compassion for their problems and fears during the coronavirus pandemic.

To give an impression of how our guest professors, our students and partners have experienced the situation so far, we collect their reports and texts here - from Bernardo Carvalho from the metropolis Sáo Paolo to Teresa Präauer from her apartment in Vienna.

"It is another world. A world that makes you afraid."

The coronavirus hits South and Central American countries particularly hard.
The tense and difficult situation that our guest professors experience in their home countries is described in newspaper articles and in personal messages.

Photo: Sao Jose dos Campos - State of São Paulo, Brazil - by Pedro Céo on Unsplash

The full extent of the catastrophic situation in which Latin America in particular currently finds itself is described by two of our guest professors in articles for El País: the Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramírez (Guest Professor in summer 2001) and the Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Guest Professor in summer 2021).

Artwork: Courtesy of Jürgen Mayer H.



The coronavirus is also changing people's lives and routines in other parts of the world.

Here we accompany the work and the perception of our guest professors, project partners and students, who tell us their thoughts and impressions in various "home stories" and publications. How do they deal with the current situation and what does it do to them?

Literatures of the World

The Samuel Fischer Visiting Professorship for Literature was established on the initiative of Prof. Dr. Gerd Mattenklott at the beginning of the summer term 1998. It is funded by S. Fischer publishers, Freie Universität Berlin, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Veranstaltungsforum Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. Each semester an author is invited to teach at the Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature. In addition to a seminar at the Freie Universität Berlin public readings and events with the guest professors are organized in Berlin and other German cities.

    The End of Shame

    Édouard Louis meets Thomas Ostermeier at KÖNIG GALERIE
    © Phil-Dera

      Perspectives and identities

      Bernardo Carvalho meets Rafael Cardoso in the daadgalerie Berlin.
      © Phil-Dera

        Concert of words

        Celebrating 20 years Samuel Fischer Guest Professorship at Pierre Boulez Saal
        © Phil-Dera

          Book of Numbers

          Joshua Cohen at Jüdisches Museum
          © Phil-Dera

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