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Literaturhaus Stuttgart, Germany: The Stuttgart Festival of Books and Ideas

Curated by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Kenya), Nadja Ofuatey-Alazard (Germany) and Felwine Sarr (Senegal).

Hosted by The Stuttgart House of Literaturhaus, the Institut Francais and the Akademie Schloss Solitude


 The Stuttgart Festival of Books and Ideas invites novelists, thinkers, journalists, global event hosts, scholars and sound and visual artists. Together, with a diverse audience, we hope to debate, reflect upon, explore, question, re-imagine and contemplate the notion, space and place of Africa in/and the world through the theme of ‘Membrane’ which evokes porosity, fluidity, transfer, transformation, toxicity, purification, among other evocations. What does it mean to be Africa and African in a world that is in flux, where contradictions and paradoxes have generated a general sense of uncertainty? Which other ‘Africas’ exist and how do they meet/interact/avoid each other? How does Africa assure its presence in the world? A multi-disciplinary approach is intended so that the imaginative, literary, technological, spiritual, aesthetic, emotional, intellectual, physical and liminal spaces can be invoked and engaged with. Can the “Membrane” festival itself propose new relationalities in addressing the Africa idea? What fresh Africa questions, ideas and imaginaries can an intense and engaged literature-focused event offer to participants and audiences alike?