Readings and Workshop
19 Nov 2020 – 20 Nov 2020

Neue Nachbarschaften. Stil und Social Media in der Gegenwartsliteratur

Venue: Online

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 (livestream)

20 Nov 2020: Academic workshop via zoom

Social media is creating new, often closer relationships between readers and authors, which, in turn, influences the writing process, the resulting texts, and, ultimately, the success of literature with the public. A younger generation of writers is therefore forging new relationships to social media as a place of production, reception, and distribution. Direct publication on the internet creates new opportunities for young authors, bypassing traditional gatekeepers such as publishers, literary criticism, and literary events. But this new freedom also imposes new restrictions: Readers can keep an eye on their favorite authors even during the writing process itself and can influence their success through likes and retweets of individual literary postings.

Combining readings, discussions with the authors, and an academic workshop on the following day, the event will look at how we can grasp and understand the new neighborhoods in social media and ask 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 collective forms of writing and the function of authorship today.


19 Nov 2020 (livestream): Three readings followed by discussions, panel discussion in the evening.
Authors: Berit Glanz, Stefanie Sargnagel and Senthuran Varatharajah

LIVESTREAM at 19 Nov 2020, 16.15

The links to the LIVESTREAM will be accessible on the day of the event on the Literaturforum im Brecht-Haus website, on Facebook: and on Twitter @stadtlandkiez as well.

Via #neuenachbarschaften the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions on social media (Twitter, Facebook), which can then be addressed in the panel discussion.

Logo Literaturforum Brechthaus

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

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


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


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)



20 Nov 2020 (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


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


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 takes place via zoom, participation is possible after prior registration.

Please register with Pola Groß for participation via zoom by 13 Nov 2020:

In German.