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Nancy Campbell

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Samuel Fischer

"It muffles. It shrouds. Like the sheet a magician lays over their assistant before taking out the saw – when it is whisked away, the miracle is not that anything has changes, but rather that everything has stayed the same."

Nancy Campbell - Fifty Words for Snow


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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 Holtzbrinck Berlin - Inspire Together. 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.


    Summer Semester 2023

    Nancy Campbell

    We are delighted to announce that Scottish writer Nancy Campbell will be the Samuel Fischer Guest Professor for the upcoming summer semester. She is the author of »Fifty Words for Snow,« »The Library of Ice,« »Thunderstone,« and has written for The Guardian, Huffington Post, The TLS, and other magazines. More information about Nancy Campbell's work is available here.

    Winter Semester 2022/23

    Notes On Love

    On November 30, Xiaolu Guo and Divya Ghelani discussed craft, language, humour, and home in Guo's novels and shared personal experiences as writers. The conversation took place at daadgalerie Berlin. 


    On Becoming A Feminist: Writing Here And Now

    A conversation between Lina Meruane (Chile-USA) and Priya Basil (UK-Germany) about how increasing attention to female characters in their early fiction made them aware of gender troubles and about how, later on, becoming feminists influenced their non-fiction writing. Conversation in English. Click here for the recording on YouTube.

    September 29 to October 10, 2021

    Festival International New Drama 2021

    The 20th FIND took place in Berlin from September 29 to October 10! Part of the festival is the Schaubühne production »Qui a tué mon père« (»Who killed my father«) by our former Samuel Fischer Guest Professor Édouard Louis, which Thomas Ostermeier brought to the stage together with the author. In this production, Éduoard Louis was on stage for the first time as a performer of one of his texts.

    Notes On Love: A Conversation with Xiaolu Guo.

    Xiaolu Guo 郭小櫓 in conversation with Divya Ghelani at Literaturhaus Berlin

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    Five Men And A Caravaggio - Screening & Talk

    Xiaolu Guo 郭小櫓 in conversation with Giuliana Kiersz

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    On Becoming A Feminist: Writing Here And Now

    Lina Meruane in conversation with Priya Basil at Literaturhaus Berlin

    © Phil-Dera

    Dokument, Erfindung, Traum

    Dorothee Elmiger in conversation with Florian Werner at the daadgalerie

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    Perspectives and identities

    Bernardo Carvalho meets Rafael Cardoso in the daadgalerie Berlin

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