Armed with literature

Anyone who has come out as a homosexual or has lived through the transition of a biological sex change has their own story. Speaking about these types of experiences is often a complex matter, and when they also unfold within a culture of people dramatically categorized according to social, racial and gender-based distinctions, being true to oneself can be life-threatening. Nonetheless, there are people who dare to face these challenges and for many of them literature is an important weapon. Telling one’s story in spite of the danger involved has, historically speaking, proven helpful.

On the panel: Iman Al-Ghafari (Syria), Ahmed Mohamed (Somalia), Jude Dibia (Nigeria), Ahmed Mohamed (Somalia), Andrew McMillan (Great Britain). Moderator: Ida Birkvad.

When:Thursday 1. June at 15:00
Where:Galleri Zink
Price:120 kr
Info:The conversation will be in English


Iman Al-Ghafari

Dr. Iman Al-Ghafari is a Syrian academic and a lesbian writer. Her PhD thesis was about identity in the poetry of Sylvia Plath. She has published widely on gender and lesbian issues in Middle-Eastern cultures. Her works include poetry, short stories, academic articles and literary translation More >

Andrew McMillan

Andrew McMillan’s first book of poetry, Fysical, was published  in 2016. He is one of the sharpest poetic voice in England, at the moment. More >

Ida Roland Birkvad

Ida Roland Birkvad is a research assistant at PRIO. She works with projects relating to South-Asian politics and minority-issues, as well as issues related to non-western feminism and distorted political theory. More >

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