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Inaugural Lecture by Author and Journalist Bernardo Carvalho: Borders and Identity in Literature

Public event on November 6, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at Freie Universität Berlin as part of the Samuel Fischer Visiting Professorship

№ 314/2019 from Oct 24, 2019

The Brazilian author and journalist Bernardo Carvalho will serve as the 42nd Samuel Fischer Visiting Professor at the Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature, Freie Universität Berlin, during winter semester 2019/20. On November 6, in his inaugural lecture “Borders” he will address the relationship between identity politics and drawing borders and how literature deals with them. The event takes place in the Seminar Center (Seminarzentrum) at Freie Universität Berlin at 6:00 p.m. It will be held in English. Attendance is free of charge.

Bernardo Carvalho has written eleven novels, many of which have been translated into other languages. He is also the author of an award-winning short story collection and several plays. In addition to producing literary works, Bernardo Carvalho has also worked as an editor and foreign correspondent for the daily newspaper Folha de São Paulo and has translated the works of Oliver Sacks and Bruce Chatwin into Portuguese. Carvalho’s writing follows the traces of global history through modern-day Brazil. The author lives in São Paulo, Brazil.

As part of the professorship, Bernardo Carvalho will teach a seminar entitled, “Desire against Identity.” Seminar participants will study works by authors from diverse cultural backgrounds within the context of political developments in Brazil.

Further Information


Leonie Achtnich, Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature, Department of Philosophy and Humanities, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-56440, Email: leonie.achtnich@fu-berlin.de

Time and Location of the Inaugural Lecture

  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Seminar Center, Room L 115, Otto-von-Simson-Straße 26, 14195 Berlin, Subway station: Dahlem-Dorf (U3)

Time and Location of the Seminar

Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Room J 27/106, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin, Subway station: Freie Universität/Thielplatz (U3)