Readings and Workshop
19 Nov 2020 – 20 Nov 2020

Neue Nachbarschaften. Stil und Social Media in der Gegenwartsliteratur

Venue: Literaturforum im Brecht-Haus, Chausseestr. 125, 10115 Berlin / ZfL, Schützenstr. 18, 10117 Berlin, Aufgang B, 3. Etage

Organizers: Pola Groß, Hanna Hamel, Leibniz Center for Literary and Cultural research in cooperation with the Literaturforum im Brecht-Haus

19 Nov 2020: Readings and discussions with the authors Berit Glanz, Stefanie Sargnagel and Senthuran Varatharajah at the Literaturforum im Brecht-Haus

20 Nov 2020: Academic workshop at the Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Trajekteraum

Social media creates new close relationships between readers and authors, which influence the writing process, the resulting texts and the success of literature with the public. A younger generation of writers is therefore forced to relate to social media as a place of production, reception and distribution. Direct publication on the internet creates new opportunities for young authors, as the literary public no longer depends solely on traditional gatekeepers such as publishers, literary criticism and literary events. This is also accompanied by new restrictions: Readers can keep an eye on their favorite authors even during the writing process and can influence their success through likes and retweets of individual literary postings.

In a combined format of readings, discussions with authors and a scientific workshop, the event will ask how the new neighborhoods in social media can be described and whether they produce new literary styles. In this context, the relationship between social media and the 'traditional' book market will be discussed as well as questions about collective forms of writing and the function of authorship today.


19 Nov 2020 (Literaturforum im Brecht-Haus): Three readings followed by discussions, panel discussion with academics in the evening.
Authors: Berit Glanz, Stefanie Sargnagel and Senthuran Varatharajah

LIVESTREAM on the website of the Brecht-Haus, Facebook and Twitter

Opening of the event (Pola Groß & Hanna Hamel, ZfL)

Berit Glanz – Reading & discussion (with Christian Metz, Universität Frankfurt)

Ventilation break

Senthuran Varatharajah – Reading & discussion (with Pola Groß, ZfL)

Ventilation break

Stefanie Sargnagel – Reading & discussion (with Rupert Gaderer, Ruhr-Universität Bochum)


Panel discussion with Berit Glanz, Stefanie Sargnagel and Senthuran Varatharajah (with Hanna Hamel, ZfL)

including digital participation opportunities (Social media moderation, Pola Groß, ZfL)


Planning subject to necessary restrictions/changes due to Corona regulations valid in November.



20 Nov 2020 (ZfL, Trajekteraum and via Zoom): Workshop

Pola Groß/Hanna Hamel (ZfL): Introduction

Elias Kreuzmair (Universität Greifswald): Literatur und Twitter. Versuch einer Stilkunde

Nina Tolksdorf (Freie Universität Berlin): Literarische Inszenierungen des Privaten in sozialen Medien

Lunch break

Christian Metz (Universität Frankfurt): Im Stile der Verletzlichkeit. Zur Konstruktion von Intimität in Twitter-, Whatsapp-, Instagram-Literatur

Marcella Fassio (Universität Oldenburg): Praktiken, Poetiken und Deutungsmacht – Männliche Autorschaft in literarischen Weblogs

Coffee break

Rupert Gaderer (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): Energiezustände. Deprivation und Exzess digitaler Literatur

Lea Schneider (Freie Universität Berlin): Ist das Literatur oder muss das weg? Bewertungskämpfe beim Übergang von Online-Texten in den Print-Markt und ihre politischen Implikationen

Final discussion


The workshop will be conducted in hybrid form. The speakers will give lectures and discuss on site at the ZfL, participation is possible via zoom.

Please register for participation via zoom by 12 Nov 2020 to: Pola Groß:

In German.