January 2018

 

British Council Literature Seminar 2018

Saturday 27.01.2018 10 AM | Club

Admission: €160 / €80 / €60 (concession) / €30 (concession) registration required

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen/ British Council

Co-Operation

THE British Council Literature Seminar 2018

25 - 27 January 2018

"Writing Gender: Sexuality, Feminism and Masculinity"

 

 

Writing Gender: Sexuality, Feminism and Masculinity

The British Council Literature Seminar offers students, academics, publishers, translators, journalists and literature fans from across the world the chance to hear the latest writing from the UK and engage with the writers and their work at first hand.

It brings together a group of contemporary British writers over three days for a mixture of readings, discussions and workshops, during which participants will be able to speak and work directly with the writers. In 2018, the line-up of writers will be:

Juno Dawson , Kerry Hudson , Sabrina Mahfouz , Nick Makoha , Paul McVeigh und Monique Roffey.

After last year’s success, we are delighted that Professor Bernardine Evaristo MBE will chair the
seminar once again.

Poet, musician, author and commentator Musa Okwonga and Krisz Kreuzer with their band BBXO will provide a musical performance on the final evening.

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“The 2018 seminar will be an exploration of some of the ways in which British writers are exploring gender and sexuality in the twenty-first century. [...] As the spectrum and categories of transgender identities and LGBTQ+ sexualities continue to revolutionise how we define ourselves as humans, we will examine how this is being played out in literature. [...] We will ask how we can create literature that is complex and nuanced, while also being consciously political. As notions of masculinity and femininity are called into question, subverted, rejected and expanded, we will examine the decisions we make that inform our literature in this regard. [...] ”

- Bernardine Evaristo

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For more information about fees and registration, please click here:
www.britishcouncil.de/en/programmes/arts/literature-seminar

#BritLitBerlin 2018

SEMINAR PACKAGES

 

Complete Seminar - full price (€160.00)

Complete Seminar - student price (€60.00)

1-day ticket Friday - full price (€80.00)

1-day ticket Friday - student price (€30.00)

1-day ticket Saturday - full price (incl. closing party) (€80.00)

1-day ticket Saturday - student price (incl. closing party) (€30.00)

*All prices include a hot two-course lunch each day (with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available), plus tea, coffee, water, fruit and other snacks, which will be available throughout the seminar.

** Journalists interested in covering the event can send their accreditation requests to press@britishcouncil.de

*** Please register here.

  

#BritLitBerlin 2018 - in Bernardine Evaristo's words...

"The 2018 seminar will be an exploration of some of the ways in which British writers are exploring gender and sexuality in the twenty-first century. We will look at the current conversations around gender identity that have been gaining ground in the mainstream recently, including the challenge to the social construction of gender binaries. As the spectrum and categories of transgender identities and LGBTQ+ sexualities continue to revolutionise how we define ourselves as humans, we will examine how this is being played out in literature. At the same time feminism has recently enjoyed a rebirth and gone mainstream. The post-feminist era is over and young women, in particular, are taking ownership of Fourth Wave Feminism, a shift as individualised as each proponent. We will ask how this is being addressed by writers of fiction and poetry, whose work appears to subscribe to a range of feminist ideas or ideals. We will ask how we can create literature that is complex and nuanced, while also being consciously political. As notions of masculinity and femininity are called into question, subverted, rejected and expanded, we will examine the decisions we make that inform our literature in this regard. Who and what do we write about? What fictional characters do we create, and why? What are the self-imposed limits that determine whether or how we write across gender and sexuality? And what are our responsibilities as writers when addressing these issues? Finally, what are the expectations imposed upon us by the reading public and the publishing industry to write from a perspective that correlates to our (cis) gender? (Bernardine Evaristo)"

 

The seminar will consist of two public readings, further seminar presentations by up to six writers in total, panel discussions and workshops.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us at literature@britishcouncil.de.

 


 

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