13. Juli 2021 | via Allianz Kulturstiftung | The Allianz Kulturstiftung and the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor invite applications for a fellowship for writers in exile. The fellowship enables one author to work on their own literary projects of choice for six months, starting in November 2021. A later start may be arranged after consulting.
Cultural and intellectual life in the city of Berlin has always been shaped by people who immigrated, newcomers arriving from the outside. For centuries, the only way to gain access to the city was via the city gates. There, travellers encountered the royal gate scribes. The fellowship Torschreiber am Pariser Platz (Gate Scribe at Pariser Platz) has been initiated by the two foundations headquartered on Pariser Platz, tying in with this memory and commemorating the permanent transformation of urban society through new biographies and stories. The city opens up, becoming a place of refuge for writers. The new Gate Scribes will put their mark on Berlin’s current and future history, and their writing will be shaped by the city in turn.
A jury will decide in October on the recipient of the fellowship. The jury consists of Ingo Držečnik (Publisher, Elfenbein Publishers), Dr. Basil Kerski (Director of the European Solidarnoćś Centre in Gdansk and Member of the Board of the Allianz Kulturstiftung), Prof. Dr. Kader Konuk (Director of the Academy in Exile, University of Duisburg-Essen), Dr. Thomas Sparr (Editor-at-Large, Suhrkamp Publishers, Member of the Advisory Council of the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor) and writer Jackie Thomae.
Applications are open to writers from Europe and the Mediterranean Region who are threatened or persecuted in their country of origin or residence. The application deadline is August 31, 2021. Please find detailed information on the application process here:
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The Allianz Kulturstiftung is a not-for-profit cultural foundation for Europe. The aim of the Foundation is to strengthen cohesion in Europe using the tools of art and culture. As a promoter of social change, the Foundation is geared towards achieving impact and it operates independently. The head office is located in Berlin and the organisation plays an operational role as well as providing funding. The Foundation is committed to translocal art and culture projects in Europe and the Mediterranean region. Over the coming years, it will focus its strategic work on the following thematic areas. It will promote an open society while adopting a decentralised approach to Europe and driving forward digitalisation for the common good.