Neighbourhood in Contemporary Berlin Literature

The project deals with literary practices and representations of neighbourhood in contemporary Berlin literature. The concept of “neighbourhood” – as e.g. currently theoretically developed in sociology – works as a heuristic approach for exploring possible connections between literature and limited localities. Neighbourhood entails locality in the smallest space, which, however, has no sharp boundaries and remains in permanent transition. It does not only include successful coexistence, but can also be characterised by challenging or problematic relationships. The concept avoids common opposites such as city vs. country or “Kiez” (community) vs. city, instead it helps to establish a perspective on a space without fixed boundaries under conditions of a globalised and interconnected world.
The collection of literature is going to take place on site, together with authors and partners throughout Berlin and with the participation of the public. For this purpose various kinds of events and forms of presentation will be developed and tested. The ZfL Literature Days in the Literaturhaus Berlin on the subject of "Neighbourhood" will be the kick-off event in November 2019.

Funded by: The Governing Mayor of Berlin - Senate Chancellery for Science and Research. Grant from Berlin funds 2019–2022
Head researcher(s): Hanna Hamel
Associate Researcher(s): Christina Ernst