Public Events

Disrupting Literature: Anti-Racist Strategies for Dutch and German Publishing (co-curator and host)

31 January 2024, Goethe Institute Amsterdam, panel discussion with Ebissé Wakjira and Elisa Diallo, co-curated with Fabian Reichle.


Homelands, Nightmares, Good Immigrants: Essays in Dialogue (invited host)

27 June 2023, Goethe Institute London, panel discussion with Fatma Aydemir, Hengameh Yaghoobifarah, Nikesh Shukla, Musa Okwonga and Chimene Suleyman, curated by Schayan Riaz and funded by the Goethe Institut Hamburg in cooperation with the University of Cambridge


The State of European Literature: Pre-Lecture workshop with Fatma Aydemir (invited co-curator and -host)

31 May 2023, University of Amsterdam, workshop with the author for cultural practitioners, researchers and students, co-curated and -hosted with Dr Jesse van Amelsfoort


Ruhr area premiere of anders bleiben with Selma Wels, Marija Latkovic and Leila Essa (invited author)

30 March 2023, Ruhrmuseum, reading and discussion hosted by Fatima Khan, organised by Meltem Kücükyilmaz and the City of Essen as part of the International Weeks Against Racism 2023


Berlin book release of anders bleiben with Selma Wels, Asal Dardan, Ozan Zakariya Keskinkiliç and Leila Essa (invited author)

16 February 2023, Heimathafen Neukölln, Berlin, reading and discussion hosted by Fatma Aydemir


Das kritikable Queertett with Dr Maha El Hissy, Dr Leila Essa and Alexandra Antwi-Boasiako: discussing novels by Yara Rodrigues Fowler and Négar Djavadi (invited panelist)

20 October 2022, Kampnagel Hamburg, literary criticism series curated by Pajam Masoumi and Alina Buchberger and funded by the Goethe Institute Hamburg, resulting in this video publication


Talking about the past: challenges in institutions of cultural heritage, language and education (invited panelist)

19 October 2021, online, organised by Dr Caroline Schroeter and the Goethe Institute Ireland as part of the cultúr/raum series, discussion with fellow panelists Lynn Scarff, Dr Dónal Hassett and Ngozi Schommers and host Han Song Hiltmann


Writing memory in postmigrant Germany: a conversation with Asal Dardan (curator and host)

28 April 2021, online, funded by the German Embassy Dublin and planned in collaboration with students at Trinity College Dublin, with an introduction by Ambassador Deike Potzel


Belonging, ‘Heimat’ and new national narratives of Germany and Britain: a conversation with Mithu Sanyal and Vinay Patel (curator and host)

9 May 2019, King’s College London, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council


How to write a politically radical debut novel (and win awards): a conversation with Preti Taneja (invited host)

6 February 2019, University of Cambridge, organised by Prof. Sarah Colvin and the Intellectual Forum at Jesus College