Postcolonial Writers in Residence, Readings & Artist Talks

Image of the author Rajeev Balasubramanyam
Rajeev Balasubramanyam

Award-winning writer and critic Rajeev Balasubramanyam will teach an intensive creative writing course to students of Anglophone Studies at Duisburg-Essen University. After an introductory meeting with students, the author will read from and discuss his works on Thursday, 2 July (18.30h, Bibliothekssaal). The actual workshop will be taught on Friday and Saturday, 3-4 July. The course offers a unique opportunity for students to meet and interact with a published author who has held numerous writing residencies across the globe. Participants should be prepared to write short exercises and read them out in class. A selection of texts created in the workshop will be published later this year.

Dr. Rajeev Balasubramanyam was born in Lancashire, England. He is a graduate of Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and received his Ph.D. in English Literature from Lancaster University. He has published three novels to date, In Beautiful Disguises (2000), The Dreamer (2010) and Starstruck (2014), a series of ten interlinked narratives featuring chance encounters with celebrities. Balasubramanyam is the author of numerous short stories; he is also the editor of Tell Tales (vol. 2, 2005), a collection of short fiction. In his award-winning fiction, Balasubramanyam covers a wide range of topics in which he explores his Indian ancestry and addresses pertinent issues surrounding Britain’s multicultural society. 

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Image of the author Yadé Kara
Yadé Kara

Am 17.07.2014 liest die Berliner Autorin Yadé Kara zum Abschluss der Ringvorlesung Diversityforschung III "Verhandlungen und Religion in Kultur und Gesellschaft" aus ihren Romanen Selam Berlin (2003) und Café Cyprus (2010). Die Lesung beginnt um 18h c.t. im Bibliotheksaal am Campus Essen und findet im Anschluss an den letzten Vortrag der Reihe mit dem Titel "Arabische Literatur und Islam" der Islamwissenschaftlerin Prof. Dr. Susanne Enderwitz (Universität Heidelberg) statt. 

Creative Writing Workshop 2014

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Readings & Artist Talks

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Wisbech and Fendland Museum

Behind the Scenes at the Museum The Wisbech & Fenland Museum/UK

Film screening and artist talk with Sabine Bürger (Essen)
18th November 2016, 10-12h, R12 R04 B21, Campus Essen

On Friday, 18 November 2016, 10-12 am, multimedia artist Sabine Bürger will present Great Expectations, her 2013 video about the Wisbech & Fenland Museum. The film screening will be followed by an artist talk, in which Sabine Bürger elaborates on her exploration of the museum's collections and archive, and her interview with former curator David Wright.

The Wisbech & Fenland Museum is one of the oldest museums in Britain. It holds a substantial collection from the Chauncey Hare Townsend bequest (which was divided up between the Victoria & Albert Museum and the museum in Wisbech), including the original manuscript of Charles Dickens's novel Great Expectations. The fascinating video provides an insight into the museum's diverse collections while deconstructing the role of museums today. The Artist Talk is part of Prof. Dr. Patricia Plummer's seminar "Colonialism's Heritage in Museums and Archives," which has been awarded funding within UDE's 2016 Teaching Diversity (Lehre Divers) scheme.

Making a Difference

Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846) - Abolitionist

Artist Talk with Sabine Bürger (Essen)



7 January 2016, 14-16h, Bibliothekssaal, Campus Essen

On January 7th 2016, Sabine Bürger, an Essen-based media artist who trained at Düsseldorf Art Academy, will talk about the abolitionist Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846). Born in Wisbech, East Anglia, Clarkson became aware of the injustice of slavery in his student days at Cambridge. The talk focuses on Clarkson’s contribution to the Abolitionist movement, and introduces the Clarkson display at Wisbech & Fenland Museum, one of the oldest museums in England, simultaneously reflecting on the artist’s engagement with the museum. Great Expectations (2013) is Bürger’s filmic portrait of the museum, and its curator, David Wright. The film was screened at the Department of Anglophone Studies in July 2014 as part of the ongoing collaboration between Sabine Bürger and Prof. Dr. Patricia Plummer, Chair of Postcolonial Studies at Duisburg-Essen University.

The talk takes place in the context of Professor Plummer’s current lecture course “Narrating Slavery in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts.“ Excerpts from the video will also be included in the talk, which will be followed by a discussion.

A thematic exhibition of selected photographic works by Sabine Bürger, including information on Thomas Clarkson and the Wisbech & Fenland Museum will be on display in the university library (Essen Campus, level 1, room BC) until 12 February during opening hours.