Arriving in the Present: A Critical Lexicon for Multilingualism and (Post-)Migration in Contemporary German Studies

Keynote Speakers: Alexander Ghedi Weheliye and Jessica Glause
May 2–4, 2024
Thursday – Saturday
May 2: 4:30 – 6:00 pm, 008-Friend Center - Reception to follow
May 3: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm, Laura Wooten Hall 201
May 4: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Laura Wooten Hall 201
Artwork of two images by the artist

Setareh Shahbazi „Spectral Days (image #33)“, 2013 Archival ink print, framed, dimensions 28x20cm Courtesy the artist and Gypsum Gallery, Cairo.

This conference brings our attention to two growing fields in German Studies — multilingualism and the transnational literature of (post-)migration. Invited experts in both of these fields as well as artists and authors will reflect both on concepts that have been deemed destructive because they carry a systemic function for subjugation, as well as on those that are productive — i.e., that might introduce a new language for an as-of-yet unnamed experience, that have been missed in the general clamor, that have been hijacked or hallucinated, or that are lurking in invective and satire. Sessions in a variety of formats reflect and reinforce the intellectual diversity to which we aspire: alongside traditional keynotes and panels, there are artist talks, readings, and roundtables. It is our hope that this conversation will contribute to the serious engagement with transnational/(post-)migration literature and the arts in German at Princeton and beyond.


Featured Speakers:

Alexander Ghedi Weheliye
B. Venkat Mani
Ela Gezen
Andrew Brandel
Fatma Aydemir
David Gramling
Zachary Sng
Jessica Glause
Julia Phillips
James Gregory Atkinson
Maha El Hissy
Ervin Malakaj
Julian Warner