Seit 2006 finden in der Lettrétage ca. 120 öffentliche Literaturveranstaltungen jährlich statt – Lesungen, Workshops, Diskussionsrunden, literarische Performances und Formate dazwischen. Bekannte und unbekannte Autor*innen und Künstler*innen verschiedener Sprachen und Nationalitäten sind hier schon aufgetreten.

Seit 2013 liegt der Programmfokus u.a. auf neuen Wegen der literarischen Präsentation und Live-Produktion: Dazu zählen u.a. die internationalen bzw. transnationalen Literaturfestivals „Soundout!“, „¿Comment!“, „Berlinisi“ und „Syn_Energy“, aber auch das viel beachtete Netzwerkprojekt „CROWD“ und multimediale Projekte wie die Reihe „CON_TEXT“ oder das „Poetry Audio Lab“. Eine vollständige Liste der Lettrétage-Projekte finden Sie hier.

Als Ankerinstitution für die freie Literaturszene Berlins stellt die Lettrétage außerdem ihre Räume für Literaturveranstaltungen aller Art zur Verfügung. Zahlreiche freie Veranstalter*innen nutzen unsere Infrastruktur regelmäßig – für Literatur-Workshops, Lesereihen in verschiedenen Sprachen und Buchpräsentationen. Mehr zu den Möglichkeiten der kostenlosen Raumnutzung erfahren Sie hier.

Auf dieser Seite präsentieren wir einen nicht vollständigen Einblick in unser vergangenes Programm.


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    Ibn Rushd Young N2: Exploring Sexuality, Islam and Cosmopolitanism through Literature

    20:00 UhrLettrétage in der Veteranenstraße 21, Admission: free

    Talks with Hassan Ait-El-Ouali and Saleh Chaoui & music by Quasim Kzar

    The "Ibn Rushd Young" series provides a platform for young researchers,
    intellectuals, and artists to share and discuss their current projects with an audience of like-minded peers. With this unique format we are opening up an alternative space outside the confines of traditional academia— one that's non-hierarchical and embraces interdisciplinary dialogue on topics, issues, and projects holding significance for the Arab World.

    In our upcoming event, we're excited to host two sessions delving into the exploration of gender, religion, and social norms in literature.

    Session 1: Sexuality and Arab Male Autobiography
    This session begins with a Sufi music composition by the Iraqi oud player Qasim Kzar.

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    Qasim Kazr studied music at Beit Al-Oud in Baghdad and continued his studies at the Arab Institute of Music in Berlin (AMI Berlin), where he is currently a member of the institute's band. In Arab cultures, the sexed body and autobiography are intuitively considered to be somewhat antithetical. This is predominantly attributable to the influence of religiosity, which assigns taboos to matters of the body and sexuality and strictly regulates them.

    In the session titled "Sexuality and Arab Autobiography” the Moroccan researcher Hassan Ait-El-Ouali will explore how the discourse of masculinity and religiosity historically shaped the representation of the sexed body in Arab autobiographical writings, emphasizing the concealment of bodily desires. He will scrutinize in what ways certain Arab autobiographies, such as Mohammed Choukri's "For Bread Alone," Abdellah Taia's "Salvation Army," and Amrou Al-Kadhi's "Life as Unicorn," defy traditional norms by giving prominence to the sexual aspect and affirming queerness within the context of Arab-Islamic culture.

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    Hassan Ait-El-Ouali is a Moroccan PhD researcher at the University of Debrecen (Hungary). His current research project explores the (re)production of men and masculinities in Arab men’s autobiographical narratives. He holds a Master’s Degree in Gender Studies in 2019 from Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in Fez, Morocco. His research interests include issues related to Feminism, gender, and queer identities in the Arab world.


    Session 2: Islamotropics: Muslim Identities and Spiritualities in Anglophone Fiction
    In the contemporary literary landscape, a growing body of fiction by Muslim and non-Muslim authors explores the complexities of Muslim identities, experiences, and
    spiritualities across diverse contexts. This emerging genre, termed “Islamotropic fiction,” employs rich literary tropologies to capture the complex realities of everyday Islamic lived experiences often obscured by dominant stereotypes.
    In the session “Islamotropics: Exploring Muslim Identities and Spiritualities through Contemporary Anglophone Fiction,” Saleh Chaoui will explore how the tropes of journey,
    displacement, and cosmopolitanism function in Islamotropic fiction to depict the dynamic formations of transnational Muslim identities, particularly for female protagonists negotiating religion, culture, and belonging. He will examine in what ways Islamotropic fiction complicates rigid secular/religious binaries through its representation of Muslim women’s sartorial practices, such as veiling, as embodied expressions of autonomous agency and ethical self-cultivation grounded in faith. And how does this genre of fiction employ poetic language, metaphor, and literary techniques to articulate the metaphysical and affective dimensions of Islamic spirituality, enabling a postsecular reading sensibility that integrates spiritual and material realms?

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    Saleh Chaoui is a doctoral candidate at the University of Debrecen and working on the portrayal of Muslim cultural identities and gender in contemporary transnational
    literature. He has published articles in prestigious journals such as ‘Critique’(Ensouling Agential Praxis in a Secular World: A Sufi Spiritual Turn in Leila Aboulela’s ‘The Kindness of Enemies’) and ‘Religion and Gender’ (Navigating the Religious in the Cosmopolitan: Displaced Muslim Female Identities in Camilla Gibb’s ‘Sweetness in the Belly’).

    Moderation: Dr. Amany Alsiefy (Ibn Rushd Fund/ Humboldt University of Berlin)

    The event will be held in English.

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    Berliner Regionaltreffen des Selfpublisher-Verbandes

    19:00Eintritt frei
    Treffen des Selfpublisher-Verbandes für unabhängige Autor*innen

    Der Thriller- und Liebesromanautor Christian Raabe (als Autor bekannt als C. A. Raaven und Christine Corbeau) führt durch eine Diskussionsrunde zum immer aktuellen Thema:
    Werbung für Selfpublisher - Was funktioniert? Und was funktioniert nicht? Der Eintritt ist wie immer frei und natürlich sind auch alle Nicht-Mitglieder sehr herzlich willkommen.

    Der Selfpublisher-Verband vertritt die Interessen deutschsprachiger Autorinnen und Autoren, die ihre Werke in eigener Regie herausgeben.