Guest Professorship & Guests of Honour

The Samuel Fischer Guest Professorship for Literature was instituted at the Freie Universität Berlin in 1998 by the publishers S. Fischer in association with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Freie Universität Berlin and the Veranstaltungsforum of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. In addition to teaching at Freie Universität, the author holds a special Guest Professorship Lecture in Berlin and reads in further cities at various literary events.
The guest professorship is intended to promote the dissemination and critical analysis of world literature. It gives students at Freie Universität Berlin the chance to create literature with internationally renowned authors. The results of this collobaration have been documented and published in Edition AVL.

Peter Szondi (1929-1971) was the first professor of the institute. A Hungarian Jew by birth, he was at home in different languages, and he fought passionately for a Free University in Berlin.

Since 2005 the institute of comparative literature has officially carried his name. Since its foundation in 1965, the institute has been dedicated to a transnational perspective on literature, in terms of an internationally connected, up-to-date understanding of comparative literature. Today Peter Szondi Institute belongs to the leading research facilities in comparative literature and shapes the profile of the humanities at Freie Universität Berlin. Professors of the institute participate in collaborative research centers (SFBs), research clusters, and graduate schools of the nationwide Excellence Initiative. Yet as teaching and research have always been intertwined at Peter Szondi Institute, the same professors also regard themselves as committed teachers.

Guest Professorship since 1998

Édouard Louis

Édouard Louis

Joshu Cohen

Joshu Cohen

Lavinia Greenlaw

Lavinia Greenlaw

Abdourahman Waberi

Abdourahman Waberi

Alice Oswald

Alice Oswald

Teresa Präauer

Teresa Präauer

Cécile Wajsbrot

Cécile Wajsbrot

Viktor Jerofejew

Viktor Jerofejew

David Hinton

David Hinton

Héctor Abad

Héctor Abad

Javier Cercas

Javier Cercas

Andrew Sean Greer

Andrew Sean Greer

Nedim Gürsel

Nedim Gürsel

Abdelwahab Meddeb

Abdelwahab Meddeb

Adam Thirlwell

Adam Thirlwell

Daniel Kehlmann

Daniel Kehlmann

Mircea Cartarescu

Mircea Cartarescu

Tomas Venclova

Tomas Venclova

Raoul Schrott

Raoul Schrott

Richard Powers

Richard Powers

Sjón (Sigurjón B. Sigurdsson)

Sjón (Sigurjón B. Sigurdsson)

Laszlo Krasznahorkai

Laszlo Krasznahorkai

Fernando Pérez

Fernando Pérez

Nuruddin Farah

Nuruddin Farah

Amit Chaudhuri

Amit Chaudhuri

Dubravka Ugresic

Dubravka Ugresic

Nora Amin

Nora Amin

Michèle Métail

Michèle Métail

Etgar Keret

Etgar Keret

Feridun Zaimoglu

Feridun Zaimoglu

Alberto Manguel

Alberto Manguel

Yann Martel

Yann Martel

Robert Hass

Robert Hass

Marlene Streeruwitz

Marlene Streeruwitz

Sergio Ramírez

Sergio Ramírez

Scott Bradfield

Scott Bradfield

Kenzaburo Ôe

Kenzaburo Ôe

V.Y. Mudimbe

V.Y. Mudimbe

Vladimir Sorokin

Vladimir Sorokin

Guests of Honour

Vladimir Sorokin

Vladimir Sorokin

Kenzaburo Ôe

Kenzaburo Ôe

Paul Auster

Paul Auster

Orhan Pamuk

Orhan Pamuk

Carlos Fuentes

Carlos Fuentes

Antonio Skármeta

Antonio Skármeta

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