Samuel Fischer Guest Professorship


The Samuel Fischer Guest Professorship for Literature will remain vacant in the coming summer semester.

The Scottish writer A.L. Kennedy will not hold the Samuel Fischer Guest Professorship at Freie Universität Berlin in the upcoming summer semester 2024. Kennedy has canceled her stay in Berlin for health reasons.

A.L. Kennedy had been invited by the advisory board of the Samuel Fischer Guest Professorship in 2023 to continue the series of renowned authors who have taught at the FU Berlin for one semester since 1998.

The guest professorship will therefore remain vacant in the coming summer semester. Freie Universität Berlin and its partners are planning a replacement program.

Literatures of the World

The Samuel Fischer Visiting Professorship for Literature was established on the initiative of Prof. Dr. Gerd Mattenklott at the beginning of the summer term 1998. It is funded by S. Fischer publishers, Freie Universität Berlin, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Holtzbrinck Berlin – Inspire Together. Each semester an author is invited to teach at the Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature. In addition to a seminar at the Freie Universität Berlin public readings and events with the guest professors are organized in Berlin and other German cities.



Winter Semester 2023/24


As part of the opening lecture on November 22, Powerpaola will talk about her writing practice in Virus Tropical and Todas las bicicletas que tuve as well as discuss other book publications, including QP and Todo va a estar bien. These texts will serve as the basis for Powerpaola’s presentation and discussion of topics she will explore with students in her winter semester seminar “I’m not talking about me (but also)”: the intimate and complex connection between creative work and life, oneself and other people.

Here you can find more information about Powerpaola

Summer Semester 2023

Nancy Campbell

We are delighted to announce that Scottish writer Nancy Campbell will be the Samuel Fischer Guest Professor for the upcoming summer semester. On May 4, she will give her public lecture »Hot Metal Frozen Paper« at the Peter Szondi Institute for General and Comparative Literature at Freie Universität Berlin. More information about the lecture is available here and you can find more information on Nancy Campbell here.

Winter Semester 2022/23

Notes On Love

On November 30, Xiaolu Guo and Divya Ghelani discussed craft, language, humour, and home in Guo’s novels and shared personal experiences as writers. The conversation took place at daadgalerie Berlin.

Summer Semester 2022

On Becoming A Feminist: Writing Here And Now

A conversation between Lina Meruane (Chile-USA) and Priya Basil (UK-Germany) about how increasing attention to female characters in their early fiction made them aware of gender troubles and about how, later on, becoming feminists influenced their non-fiction writing. Conversation in English. Click here for the recording on YouTube.

Wintersemester 2021/22

Dokument, Erfindung, Traum

On 16 February 2022, Dorothee Elmiger read from her book “From the Sugar Factory” and spoke with Florian Werner about her research, observations, inspirations as well as her time as Samuel Fischer Visiting Professor. The event took place at the daadgalerie and the recording was made available online for a limited time. Excerpts can be seen at @sfischerprof on Instagram.


Nancy Campbell and Salvador Plascencia in conversation with Svenja Gräfen at the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst

© Andreas Lamm

Notes On Love: A Conversation with Xiaolu Guo.

Xiaolu Guo 郭小櫓 in conversation with Divya Ghelani at daadgalerie Berlin

© Phil-Dera

Five Men And A Caravaggio – Screening & Talk

Xiaolu Guo 郭小櫓 in conversation with Giuliana Kiersz

© Phil-Dera