Keynotes and Public Lectures

Publishing in Community: Contemporary Anthologies Against Exclusionary Discourses

7 June 2024, keynote at Literature and Community, OSL PhD Day, organised by Sofía Forchieri, María Isabel Marín Morales and Alberto Godioli, Leiden University

“Good Immigrants” Across Contexts: Authorial Collaboration In/Between/Beyond Germany and Britain

30-31 May 2024, keynote at Authorship in a Global and Transnational Context, organised by Núria Codina, Anna Sofia Churchill and the team of the ERC Starting Grant Project COLLAB (Collaborative Practices of Making Literature in Contexts of Displacement and Migration), KU Leuven

What Literature Can’t Do: Political Organizing On and Off the Page in Contemporary Britain and Germany

21 March 2024, public lecture at the CUNY Graduate Center, organised by Ariel Leutheusser, City University New York

Public Events and Panel Discussions

Disrupting Translation (co-curator and -host)

13 June 2024, Goethe Institute Amsterdam, panel discussion with Thalia Ostendorf and Jon Cho-Polizzi, co-curated and -hosted together with Maha El Hissy, cooperation between the #Vorzeichen project she curates for the Goethe Institutes in North West Europe, the Goethe Institute Amsterdam and my NWO Veni project

Schreib (nicht) mit Gedichten die Geschichte: Gespräche über die beschissene Gegenwart und ihre Zukunft (co-curator and discussion co-host)

13 April 2024, Literarisches Colloquium Berlin, day of discussions with a public evening event featuring Esther Dischereit, Dima Albitar Kalaji, Svetlana Lavochkina, Abdalrahman Alqalaq and Yasmeen Daher, moderated by Lena Gorelik and Maha El Hissy; curation team: Dima Albitar Kalaji, Maryam Aras, Asal Dardan, Maha El Hissy, Leila Essa, Lena Gorelik, Eva von Redecker and Insa Wilke; radio report by Lara Sielmann for Deutschlandfunk Kultur here

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, panel 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, author discussion with an introduction by Ambassador Deike Potzel, funded by the German Embassy Dublin and planned in collaboration with students at Trinity College Dublin

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, author discussion, 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, author discussion, organised by Prof. Sarah Colvin and the Intellectual Forum at Jesus College