Events | Exit Exil. Escape routes and temporary networks

Berlin | November 18, 2022 | 3:30 AM (PST)


with Sybille Baschung, Doerte Bischoff, Marica Bodrožić & Ronya Othmann

Friday, November 18, 12:30-6:00 p.m.
Venue: Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Theaterwissenschaft
Grunewaldstraße 35, 12165 Berlin
Program: Mirko Lux & Vito Pinto
Organisation: Vito Pinto

This workshop is a continuation of a cooperation between VATMH and KMM that began in the winter semester of 2021/22, from which six short audio features were produced under the project title "Exit Exile. Dialogues" six short audio features have emerged: Master students of the FU Berlin had the opportunity to interview current and former scholarship holders of the VATMH residency programs and to enter into a dialogue with each other in the context of a research with a historical exile person.

In the workshop "Exit Exile. Escape Routes and Temporary Networks," authors, writers, and scholars will engage in conversation. The workshop will discuss, on the one hand, the different forms of escape routes and, on the other hand, the temporary networks and communities that often emerge during the flight - on the way to a place of exile that is as safe as possible and as final as possible.

The discussion begins with the perspective of the historical exiles, especially the intellectuals who had to flee Germany (first) to other European countries and then overseas, to the United States or even to Central and South America, at the latest after the Nazis had seized power.


The discussion will not only remain with a possible historical classification, but will repeatedly establish references to the present.

The following questions will be explored: Which (emigration or flight) paths do exiles generally take? What continuities, breaks and obstacles do the fugitives experience on their paths into exile? What communities do they form with other people who meet the same fate? Are these more or less loose connections, communities of purpose or communities of fate, which make the suffering of the individuals on the run more 'bearable' in the group, so to speak? Or do these loose connections possibly give rise to sustainable networks, structures that could only emerge from the event of flight? Do these communities serve as a substitute for a so-called "home"? What happens after an initially successful flight in the respective transit countries or in the countries of exile that ultimately take in the refugees - possibly forever? How does the relationship of exiles to their country of origin change over the course of their exile? Is exile a temporary state per se, which - in the best case - must be overcome?

A cooperation of Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House and the Cluster of Excellence 2020 "Temporal Communities - Doing Literature in a Global Perspective" and the Seminar for Cultural and Media Management (KMM) at Freie Universität Berlin.

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