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23 June 2023 - 23 June 2023

1:00PM - 6:30PM


  • Free

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'Dis/possession: De/constructing Property in Contemporary Literature and Film' workshop, 23 June 2023, via Zoom

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Clearing of the Köpi Wagenplatz on Köpenicker Strasse in Berlin.


1pm  Welcome

Panel 1: Religion and Body

Maryam Mirza (Durham University): Possessing the Buddha: Contested Ownership in Geetanjali Shree’s Tomb of Sand


Penny Cartwright (University of Oxford): “I who whole/ do not/ encompass [...] her”: Second Person Narration and Cultural Commodification in This Mournable Body

2.40-2.50pm  Break

Panel 2: Nature and Property

Carolyn Fornoff (Cornell University): Mourning Extractivist Dispossession


Solvejg Nitzke (Technische Universität Dresden): In the Deep Time Shadow of Trees: Possession, Property, and the Rights of Nature

4.20-4.30pm Break

Panel 3: Globality and Locality

Claudia Nitschke (Durham University): The Phantom Pain of Property: Dispossession and Possession in Reinhard Kaiser-Mühlecker’s Dispossession (Enteignung)


Michael Bies (Freie Universität Berlin/IFK Wien): “The Time of Fuzz and Fluff”: Dispossession and Collective Narration in Heike Geißler’s The Week (Die Woche)


Final Discussion

For any further information, please contact the organisers:

Claudia Nitschke (Durham University):
Michael Bies (Freie Universität Berlin):

This event will be online via Zoom. Please contact Claudia Nitschke for the link.