‘Your Heimat is our Nightmare’: Post-Soviet Poetic Interventions in German Culture

Natasha Gordinsky and Katja Petrowskaja

(University of Haifa, Israel)

6.30pm, 14 October 2021

In the past decade, post-Soviet Jewish writers, poets and artists who live and work in Germany, have been playing a crucial
role in the ongoing debate on the various forms of migrant belonging in contemporary German culture. This lecture explores how these different cultural agents reflect and de-stabilize, performatively, the meaning of Heimat, a concept that is highly charged both in German and Soviet contexts.

Dr Natasha Gordinsky is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of Haifa and currently a visiting scholar at the University of Potsdam. She is an author of two books.

Dr Katja Petrowskaja holds a PhD in Literary Studies from the Russian State University in Moscow and works in Berlin as an author and free-lance journalist for press and radio. Her first book Maybe Esther (2014) was translated into 20 languages and has won several prestigious literary prizes.

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