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German Non-Fiction Prize – the Matinée brings the eight nominated authors together in conversation.

With analysis and questions on themes such as refugees, Eurocentrism, ethnology, freedom, science and our view of reality, their books sharpen our understanding of many aspects of the here and now. They have all been nominated for the German Non-Fiction Prize 2021. On the day before the award ceremony, which will also take place in the Humboldt Forum, we will be bringing the eight authors together in conversation. Three discussions involving varying combinations of participants will uncover some questions connecting the nominated titles, and perspectives on which they stand shoulder to shoulder.

Bringing together different voices and complex themes in surprising ways, inviting people into new “thinking spaces”, is one of the Humboldt Forum’s aims as a new venue for experiences, encounters and learning. Think along with us, and enrich the discussions with your questions!

Shelly Kupferberg, Hadnet Tesfai and Jörg Thadeusz

The three discussion rounds

Heike Behrend: Menschwerdung eines Affen. Eine Autobiografie der ethnografischen Forschung
Asal Dardan: Betrachtungen einer Barbarin
Andreas Kossert: Flucht. Eine Menschheitsgeschichte

Michael Maar: Die Schlange im Wolfspelz. Das Geheimnis großer Literatur
Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim: Die kleinste gemeinsame Wirklichkeit

Jürgen Kaube: Hegels Welt
Daniel Leese: Maos langer Schatten. Chinas Umgang mit der Vergangenheit
Christoph Möllers: Freiheitsgrade

An event of the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss in cooperation with the Stiftung Buchkultur und Leseförderung des Börsenvereins des Deutschen Buchhandels.


The nominated books

Further information on the individual books can be found on our programme page German Non-Fiction Prize – the Award Ceremony.


The authors

The moderators

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