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Samuel Fischer Guest Professorship


For the first time since the Samuel Fischer Guest Professorship was established, we do not have anyone as a guest in Berlin this summer.

The Chilean author Lina Meruane, whom we had been looking forward to very much, cannot travel to Germany  due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

Since the professorship lives from the encounter and direct exchange with the students, there is unfortunately no alternative and Lina postpones her stay.

We use this time to publish "home stories" here in loose succession: thoughts and impressions of our previous guests, the students, our partners. How do they deal with the current situation and what does it do with 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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