Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 6–10 pm

Exiled Writing – Writing Exile: Literature between Escape and Attachment

Literary Salon with Senthuran Varatharajah

Join us at the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) Literary Salon on exiled writing with one of today's most insightful and young literary voices: Senthuran Varatharajah is an award-winning German author, philosopher, and theologian of Tamil origin. He is member of Die Junge Akademie. His debut novels Vor der Zunahme der Zeichen // Before the Signs Increase (2016) and Rot (Hunger) // Red (Hunger) (2022) have received multiple literary prizes. Currently, Senthuran is working on an inaugural volume of poetry entitled Klagelieder // Lamentations.

AGYA alumni Bilal Orfali and Kirill Dmitriev are delighted to invite you to the conversation with Senthuran Varatharajah in the framework of the AGYA Literary Salon. In dialogue with Kirill Dmitriev, Senthuran will explore the intricacies of migrant biographies and share his personal insights on identity, memory, and exile. Focusing on the multi-layered and entangled paradoxes of ‘homeland’ and ‘exile’, they will tackle the impact of creative writing on understanding, constructing, and overcoming the human experience of displacement and attachment, denial and affirmation, repulsion and longing.

The conversation will be complemented by the readings (in German) from Senthuran’s recent work and followed by a reception.

The event takes place in the framework of the AGYA Annual Spring Conference and the celebrations marking AGYA’s 10th anniversary. AGYA commemorates this significant milestone with a series of public events reuniting more than 140 AGYA members and alumni/ae from all generations since the foundation of AGYA in 2013/2014.

Free admission
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Location: Werkstatt Exilmuseum
Fasanenstraße 24, 10719 Berlin
The building is unfortunately not barrier-free.

Photo: © Tigran Hovhannisyan