23.11. – 27.11.2022
Just literature? This is not enough for the initiators of the literature exchange program “International Literature Dialogues”. The program of the foreign culture section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is primarily based on international interdisciplinary cooperation between authors and other cultural areas.
Austria is guest country at the Leipzig Book Fair in 2023. The cultural department of the Austrian Foreign Ministry took this as an opportunity to start a broad international literature promotion program in advance. Within the common frame of the “Year of Austrian Literature”, a wide range of projects were initiated or are currently being brought to life in order to present Austrian literature worldwide.
The activities range from the literature recommendation and exchange program “schreibArt Austria”, in the context of which younger Austrian authors in particular are offered the opportunity for international lectures and presentations in cooperation with the Austrian cultural forums worldwide, to translation funding and artist-in-residence programs. The main pillar of the “Year of Austrian Literature” is the “International Literary Dialogues” programme, which the International cultural department of the Ministry of foreign affairs runs together with the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Literatur.
As in the previous year, authors were again invited to initiate and submit creative and innovative cooperation projects with cultural workers from other genres abroad. The programme searches for works that build on international collaboration and experiment with new artistic forms of expression that go beyond classic text forms. Particular emphasis is placed on the topics of ecology and sustainability, digital humanism and artificial intelligence. There are no format restrictions. Cooperation with science or civil society is just as interesting as cooperation with artists from other art disciplines. The projects carried out in this year’s program show how diverse the outcome of the “International Literature Dialogues” can be. They range from the collaboration between authors and photographers to projects between authors and scientists. The project by the Austrian author and photographer Petra Nagenkönig is an example. Together with Tom Schulz, who grew up in the GDR, she worked on the subject of borders as well from a photographic and literary perspective. Authors from Ukraine, Hungary, Italy, Mexico and the USA were also involved. As part of this year’s Buch Wien in November, a final presentation of the ending program year of the “International Literature Dialogues” will take place in the so-called “Donaulounge”.
International Literature Dialogues
23.11. – 27.11.2022
Donaulounge auf der Buch Wien ´22