Arriving in the Present

A Critical Lexicon for Multilingualism and (Post-)Migration in Contemporary German Studies
  • May 2, 2024, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
  • May 3, 2024, 9:00 am5:00 pm
  • May 4, 2024, 9:00 am12:00 pm
May 2: Jones Hall 100; May 3-4: Laura Wooten Hall 201



Event Description

This conference brings our attention to two growing fields in German studies — multilingualism and the transnational literature of (post-)migration. Invited experts in both of these fields as well as artists and authors will reflect both on concepts that have been deemed destructive because they carry a systemic function for subjugation, as well as on those that are productive — i.e., that might introduce a new language for an as-of-yet unnamed experience, that have been missed in the general clamor, that have been hijacked or hallucinated, or that are lurking in invective and satire. Sessions in a variety of formats reflect and reinforce the intellectual diversity to which we aspire: alongside traditional keynotes and panels, there are artist talks, readings, and roundtables. It is our hope that this conversation will contribute to the serious engagement with transnational / (post-) migration literature and the arts in German at Princeton and beyond.

Featured Speakers

Alexander Ghedi Weheliye
B. Venkat Mani
Ela Gezen
Andrew Brandel
Fatma Aydemir
David Gramling
Zachary Sng
Jessica Glause
Julia Phillips
James Gregory Atkinson
Maha El Hissy
Ervin Malakaj
Julian Warner


University Center for Human Values
Lewis Center for the Arts
Bobst Center for Peace and Justice
Departments of Near Eastern Studies, East Asian Studies, Comparative Literature, English, and African American Studies
Programs in Translation Studies, European Cultural Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies


Department of German event page

  • Department of German
  • Humanities Council