Congress 2023

Second PEN Berlin Congress: With Our Head Through the Walls

Festsaal Kreuzberg | Am Flutgraben 2 | 12435 Berlin

Saturday, 16 December | Entry: 1 p.m. | Begin:  2 p.m.

Tickets: koka this way | eventim that way | Day box-office: 15 € / reduced: 12 €

2 p.m. | Opening Speech by Deniz Yücel (Journalist, spokesperson of PEN Berlin) | Festsaal

2.30 p.m. | Problem Baklava: Anti-Semitism & Racism In the Immigration Society
Panel | Festsaal
With: Imran Ayata (campaigner, author, DJ), Jouanna Hassoun (social manager, political trainer), Murat Kayman (lawyer, author) and Erica Zingher (journalist). Host: Daniel-Dylan Böhmer (journalist)

3 p.m. | Poetry As a Way Of Life. Between Networking And Institution
Panel | Kaminzimmer
With: Hendrik Jackson (poet), Birgit Kreipe (poet) and Daniela Seel (poet, publisher). Host: Asmus Trautsch (philosopher, poet)

3.30 p.m. | Talking On Unsteady Ground: Israel & Palestine
Panel | Festsaal
With: Fadi Abdelnour (publisher, bookseller), Sarah El Bulbeisi (cultural scientist), Tomer Dotan-Dreyfus (writer) and Yehudit Yinhar (artist). Host: Elisabeth von Thadden (journalist)

4 p.m. | Me, Mysefl and I: In The Hell Of Autofiction
Panel | Kaminzimmer
With: Katja Lange-Müller (writer), Dirk von Lowtzow (musician, poet) and Miryam Schellbach (literary critic, programme director). Host: Christian Ankowitsch (journalist, writer)

4.30 p.m. | The Spirit Of Freedom Of Speech | Festsaal
Ursula Krechel (writer, Vice President of the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz)

4.45 p.m. | What Is Woke, Where Is Left? | Festsaal
Impulse speeches. Followed by a discussion with the audience
: Adrian Daub (literary scholar), Susan Neiman (philosopher) and The Audience (audience). Host: Jan Feddersen (journalist)

5 p.m. | After The Death Row In Iran: Sareh | Kaminzimmer
With: Sareh (Zahra Sedighi Hamedani) (LGBT activist), Shadi Amin (author, LGBT activist). Host: Shila Behjat (journalist)

6 p.m. | Belarus: On a Forgotten Dictatorship in Europe | Festsaal
Sasha Filipenko (writer)

6.15 p.m. | To Bot Or Not To Bot? Artificial Intelligences Versus Human Beings
Poetry Slam | Festsaal
With: Bas Böttcher (writer, slam poet), Lucia Lucia (writer, slam poet), Jayrôme Robinet (writer, slam poet) and Temye Tesfu (writer, slam poet). Host: Aron Boks (writer, slam poet)

7.30 p.m. | Keynote speech by A.L. Kennedy (writer) | Festsaal

8.30 p.m. | Take a Breath, then Disco | Festsaal
With: Doris Akrap (journalist) & Simone Buchholz (writer, Board PEN Berlin)
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