Max Kade Writer-in-Residence

Every year, the Department of German Studies invites an author to the University of Arizona for the spring semester. The Max Kade Writer-in-Residence enriches the life of the department by sharing his or her work and experiences in courses and conversations, special events and every-day encounters.

Picture of Lukas Matthaei
2019

Jörg Lukas Matthaei studied Comparative Literature and Philosophy in Passau, Dijon, Bonn, and Berlin. In the 1990s, he began developing multidisciplinary interventions and performances with various artists in independent art venues and public spaces in Berlin. He subsequently founded his own label, matthaei & konsorten, which has produced over 50 projects since 2000, which range from stage productions, installations, and discourse productions to the development of new formats for urban landscapes in various European cities. The latter has been a focal point of Matthaei's work for several years. These site-specific urban projects combine extensive research into collective topography with unique performative portraits. Throughout their open processes (both in the development and the settings for audiences), the roles of performers, observers and authors switch. Everything in an urban space can turn into a zone of play, in which media inputs expand the possibilities of perception and one's own actions.

Previous Writers

2018

Judith Nika Pfeifer is a novelist, poet, and transmedia artist. She studied Political Science and Communications in Vienna and was a Visiting Postgraduate Student in Lancaster, UK and at the University of in Edinburgh. In 2017, she earned an interdisciplinary PhD from the University of Vienna, where she held a position as a DOC-team research fellow from the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Prior...

2017

Christopher Kloeble is a German novelist, playwright, and scriptwriter. He studied at the German Creative Writing Program Leipzig and at the University for Film and Television in Munich, and he has held teaching...

2016

Michael Speier is a literary scholar, poet and translator, living in Berlin. He holds the Staatsexamen and a Ph.D. in German Literature from the Freie Universität Berlin. Having taught at the Freie Universität Berlin, the University at Leipzig, and several U.S. universities (Dartmouth College and Georgetown University among them), Michael Speier is also Adjunct Professor at the German...

2015

Zafer Şenocak, author of poetry, novels, and numerous essays, was born in Ankara and moved to West Germany in 1970 at the age of eight. He began to publish his poetry, written in German, while studying in Munich and received literary prizes in 1984 and 1988. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, Şenocak traveled and had residencies or seminars at MIT, University of Miami at Oxford, the...

2014

It was while in Berlin last summer as an artist-in-residence at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research that Philipp Weiss first heard about the Biosphere 2. He began to read about and research the original project that was initiated by an “eco-capitalistic thinking billionaire” and the individuals who called themselves “the Synergists.” What interested Weiss at first was the idea of...