Literary Events: Dec. 2011

WARUM KRIEG? DAS ERSTE WORT ALS WAFFE

The event “Why War? The First Word as a Weapon” seeks to raise awareness that one word can trigger a conflict. In a 1932 exchange of letters, the physicist Albert Einstein and the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud discussed why people fight. Their correspondence will  be supplemented with historical documents on war. In German.

2 Dec., 19:30
Kulturkabinett
21., Freiligrathplatz 6, (01) 270 79 17
www.transdanubien.net

 

INJUSTICE: WHY SOCIAL INEQUALITY PERSISTS

No doubt, today’s world is unequal and unjust. But why? Danny Dorling, author and professor of human geography at Sheffield University, argues that injustice is rooted in five commonly accepted beliefs: elitism is efficient; exclusion is necessary; prejudice is natural; greed is good; and despair is inevitable. In English.

13 Dec., 19:00
Bruno Kreisky Forum
19., Armbrustergasse 15
(01) 318 82 60-20
www.kreisky-forum.org 

 

SLAM B

One stage, five minutes, twelve contestants and two texts – these are the ground rules of Slam B. Each competitor has five minutes to woo the audience with a text of any genre. After three readings, the crowd decides which participant may enter the final round. To participate, one needs two self-written pieces and to register an hour before the slam. Contributions can be in any language. For more information, visit www.slamb.at.

16 Dec., 20 Jan. 2012, 20:00
Literaturhaus Wien
7., Seidengasse 13, (01) 52 62 04 40
www.literaturhaus.at

 

LIVE POETRY AND IRELAND

Live poetry is currently experiencing a renaissance, as will be presented by two recent publications. In Live Poetry: An Integrated Approach to Poetry in Performance, Julia Novak, assistant professor of English Literature at the Uni Wien, provides the necessary methodology to understand and analyze live poetry. The anthology Dreaming the Future: New Horizons/Old Barriers in 21st-Century Ireland discusses Ireland, the Irish diaspora, and Irish studies from all angles. In English.

16 Jan. 2012, 18:00
University of Vienna,
Department of English Studies
9., Altes AKH Hof 8, Spitalgasse 2-4
(01) 427 74 24 01
www.anglistik.univie.ac.at

 

CHIRURGIN ALS ÄRTZIN

OHNE GRENZEN

As a member of the NGO Doctors Without Borders, retired surgeon Inga Wissgott has helped and healed patients in the Central African Republic, Kenya, and Haiti. In her autobiographic journal, she depicts her impressions of these missions and portrays the everyday life, societies, customs, superstitions, and hunger, as well as how poverty is dealt with in these countries. Limited seating, so register beforehand. In German.

17 Jan. 2012, 21:00
Bücherei Liesing
23., Breitenfurter Straße 358
(01) 400 02 31 61
www.buecherein.wien.at

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