The Samuel Fischer Guest Professorship for Literature was instituted at the Freie Universität Berlin in 1998 by the publishers S. Fischer in association with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Freie Universität Berlin and the Veranstaltungsforum of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. In addition to teaching at Freie Universität, the author holds a special Guest Professorship Lecture in Berlin and reads in further cities at various literary events.
The guest professorship is intended to promote the dissemination and critical analysis of world literature. It gives students at Freie Universität Berlin the chance to create literature with internationally renowned authors. The results of this collaboration have been documented and published in Edition AVL.
The most recent publication is the volume "Double Exposures". A collection of texts written in the seminar of Madeleine Thien and Rawi Hage in the summer semester 2019.
For the first time since the Samuel Fischer Guest Professorship was founded, we will not have anyone as a guest in Berlin.The Chilean writer Lina Meruane, whom we had been looking forward to very much, cannot travel to Germany for an indefinite period of time due to the Covid-19-pandemic. Since the professorship lives from the encounter and direct exchange with the students, there is unfortunately no alternative and Lina postpones her stay.We use this time and publish "Home Stories" on the homepage of the professorship: thoughts and impressions of our previous guests, the students, our partners. How do they deal with the current situation and what is it doing with them?
His debut Aberração, a collection of short stories that was immediately nominated for the country's most important literary prize, appeared in 1993. In this volume, the leitmotifs already emerge, which in many variations run through the 11 following novels: Secrets to be revealed, the past that permeates the present, poetry and truth that are inextricably entangled, the play with different perspectives and identities.
Since 1995, the Samuel Fischer Guest Professorship was held by the following authors (in alphabetical order):
Former Samuel Fischer Guests of Honour: