Home at the Crossroads-Imagining the City by artistic and academic means, 7 June

by Tobias Denskus on May 30, 2017

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Open Seminar in collaboration between Freeman’s and the Conviviality at the Crossroads network at Malmö University

7 June 2017, 13.00 – 18.00
Venue: Auditorium B2, Niagara building, ground floor, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö

13.00 – 13.15                 Welcome

Rebecka Lettevall, Dean of Malmö University’s Faculty of Culture and Society, Oscar Hemer, coordinator of theConviviality at the Crossroads network, and John Freeman, editor of Freeman’s

13.15 – 14.45            Freeman’s Home

Presentations and conversations

Rabih Alameddine

Kerri Arsenault

John Freeman

14.45 – 15 .00          Coffee break

15.00 – 15.30           Liz Faier: Between Dissonance and Harmony. A City Composed

15.30 – 16.30           Erling Björgvinsson & Ida Börjel: Fabulous Malmhattan

16.45 – 17.15            Oscar Hemer: Excerpts from The World Waltz.

17.15 -18.00              Writing at the Crossroads. Panel discussion.
Moderator & discussant: Anders Høg Hansen, Malmö University

About the speakers:

Rabih Alameddine is a Lebanese-American writer. He left Lebanon at the age of 17, for England and, later, the USA. He started his career as an engineer, before moving to art and literature. He has to date published five novels and one collection of short stories and won several literary awards, including the Guggenheim fellowship in 2002. His novel An Unnecessary Woman (2014), was awarded the Prix Femina Etranger in 2016. His most recent novel is The Angel of History (2016). Alameddine divides his time between San Francisco and Beirut.

Kerri Arsenault writes for LitHub and her work has appeared in various publications including Kirkus Reviews, and Freeman’s. She received an MFA from The New School in Creative Writing and attended Malmo University’s Communication for Development Programme. She is currently working on a narrative nonfiction book about her home state of Maine (Picador, 2019).

Erling Björgvinsson is Professor of Design at the Academy of Design and Crafts, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg. A central topic of his research is participatory politics in design and art, in particular in relation to urban spaces and the interaction between public institutions and citizens. He currently heads the art- and design-led research project “City Fables” that focuses on the relationship between urban space, narratives and counter narratives. He has published in international design and art journals and anthologies.

Ida Börjel is a poet, currently living in Röstånga, Sweden. In her books of poetry, as well as in text/sound or art installations and performances, she has been enquiring into and trying to enact our contemporary, linguistic and societal conditions in relation to different forms of power, sovereignty and juridical systems. Working with the City Fables Group at Malmö University, she has been examining the ways that stories about sucessfull life in contemporary cities are negotiated, remediated and circulated. Ida Börjel is also a practicing translator.

Elizabeth Faier is an urban anthropologist who focuses on the ways people make sense and negotiate power, history, and identity within disjunctive social and physical spaces. Her research in Dubai examines how numerical concepts inform logics of space while new work in Malmö explores mobilities, infrastructure, and punctuations of place. She embraces alternative methodologies, genres, and writing possibilities within the ethnographic project.

John Freeman is the editor of the literary biannual Freeman’s and the author of two books of nonfiction, The Tyranny of Email (2011) and How to Read a Novelist (2012), as well as a forthcoming book of poems. He has assembled a collection of writing on inequality, Tales of Two Cities (2014), an anthology on New York City, to be followed by Tales of Two Americas, on the U.S. at large. The former editor of Granta, he lives in New York City and teaches at NYU. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages.

Oscar Hemer is a writer of fiction and nonfiction and Professor in Journalistic and Literary Creation at Malmö University. He holds a Dr. Philos degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Oslo, Norway. Among his latest works are the dissertation Fiction and Truth in Transition; Writing the present past in South Africa and Argentina (2012) and the novel Misiones (2014), which concluded his Argentina trilogy. He is currently exploring the crossroads of Literature and Anthropology in the World Waltz project and co-editing the collected works of Borges in Swedish.

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