Brexit Wake event at Berlin Literaturhaus

Whether or not Britain will officially leave the European Union on 29 March, the day will be marked by a ‘Brexit wake,’ organised with the help of Trinity Fellow Stefano Evangelista.

The concept of a ‘wake’ takes inspiration from the traditional Irish funeral custom that brings together friends and relatives on the departure of a loved one. The event will be held in in Berlin’s Literaturhaus, the prime literary museum of the German capital, and will feature readings and music to mark Britain’s (likely) departure from the EU. Throughout the night, European writers and artists will respond to Brexit and tackle the question ‘And Now What?’

Trinity’s Fellow and Tutor in English Stefano Evangelista is taking part in the organisation of the event thanks to an International Partnership grant awarded by TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities), which has enabled him to start a long-term collaboration with the Literaturhaus.

The Brexit Wake, which starts at 7:30 p.m. and concludes at midnight, will feature readings by a number of British writers including award-winning novelist Patricia Duncker, author of Hallucinating Foucault (1996). Duncker will read a piece entitled ‘BERLIN, 1970’, taken from an autobiographical prose essay which addresses the question of borders, frontiers and walls, and the problems generated by a defensive nationalism which creates Them and Us.

Stefano Evangelista, Associate Professor of English and Fellow and Tutor at Trinity, said: ‘While the event will give Anglophiles from Germany and all nations an opportunity to mourn together Britain’s separation from the EU, its intent is also to celebrate the imperviousness of British literature and culture to borders and customs administration.’

The event is a cooperation between the Humboldt University Berlin’s Centre for British Studies, the University of Oxford’s Faculty of EnglishTORCH, the SAND Journal, and Deveron Projects.

Posted: 21 March 2019

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