University for everyone Collegium generale

Literary readings 2017


This year, the literary readings are devoted to a subject that has become unexpectedly relevant: dictatorship. How does literature contribute to an understanding of undemocratic societies? How does it represent the emotions of perpetrators, victims, bystanders or foreign witnesses? How does literature portray the effects of terrorism and surveillance and how does it reflect the fascination with authoritarian language, architecture and spectacles?

The Collegium generale literary readings are open to the public and entry is free. We reserve the right to make changes to the program.

Project manager:  Prof. Dr. Oliver Lubrich

Program in German



October 10,  2017

Serhij Zhadan, Charkiw

Warum ich nicht im Netz bin

(Reading in German only)

October 31, 2017

Durs Grünbein, Rom

Die Jahre im Zoo

(Reading in German only)

November 21,  2017

Lutz Seiler, Wilhelmshorst/Stockholm


(Reading in German only)

December 5,  2017

Ilija Trojanow, Wien

Macht und Widerstand

(Reading in German only)