New publications: The Poetics of the Obscene in Premodern Arabic Poetry: Ibn al-Hajjaj and Sukhf (Palgrave Macmillan), by Sinan Antoon; Schinkel, Persius, Stüler - Buildings in Berlin and Potsdam (Edition Axel Menges), by Barry Bergdoll; Leslie Hewitt: Sudden Glare of the Sun (Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis), by Esperanza Rosales, Samantha Topol; Fragile Flowers (Les Presses Du Reel), by Richard Hawkins; Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by John B. Judis; The USA is Lesterland: The Nature of Congressional Corruption (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform) by Lawrence Lessig; [[ there. ]] (Anti-Oedipus Press), by Lance Olsen; Theories of Forgetting (Fiction Collective), by Lance Olsen; and Asim Abu Shaqura (Charta), by W.J.T. Mitchell et al. Joel F. Harrington is on a book tour in March, reading in Dresden and Nürnberg on the occasion of the German publication of Die Ehre des Scharfrichters (Siedler Verlag). Peter Wortsmann reads in Berlin on March 19 from Ghost Dance in Berlin - Cosmopolitan Reflections of an American Author of German-Speaking Jewish Heritage; and Andrew Norman was featured on NewMusicBox, where he speaks about composing and his views towards orchestras and working with musicians.
New publications: The Cambridge History of World Music (Cambridge University Press) by Philip V. Bohlman; Tombo (McSweeney's) by W. S. Di Piero; Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Wendy Lesser; Little Failure: A Memoir (Random House) by Gary Shteyngart; The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century (Princeton University Press) by Angela Stent; Albrecht Altdorfer and the Origins of Landscape: Revised and Expanded Second Edition (Reaktion Books) by Christopher S. Wood. Celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., photographer Camilo Jose Vergara is featured on The Weekly Flickr; Kerry Tribe's "Images of an Infinite Film" is on show until March 2 at the MoMa's Yoshiko and Akio Morita Media Gallery; Julie Mehretu is on show at the first edition of the Cartagena Biennial in Colombia February 6 through March 7; and on February 1, works by our alumni Mason Bates and Ken Ueno are performed at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
New Publications: The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights (Princeton University Press) by Karen Alter; Lexicon of the Hispanic Baroque: Transatlantic Exchange and Transformation (University of Texas Press) by Evonne Levy (Ed.), Kenneth Mills (Ed.); The Tender Friendship and the Charm of Perfect Accord: Nabokov and His Father (University of Michigan Press) by Gavriel Shapiro; and My Silver Planet: A Secret History of Poetry and Kitsch (The Johns Hopkins University Press) by Daniel Tiffany. The Modern Language Association of America awarded the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Scholarly Study of Literature to Pierre Joris for his translation of Paul Celan’s The Meridian: Final Version–Drafts–Materials (Stanford University Press); the play Wo man Bücher verbrennt … Reuchlins Streit um das jüdische Schrifttum, by Peter Wortsman, will be performed January 25 through March 12 in Pforzheim; and work from composer Annie Gosfield will be performed in Austria on January 16 at the MUWA in Graz and on January 17 at the Jeunesses Festival in Vienna.
Congratulations to Academy alumni George Packer, who received the National Book Award in Nonfiction for The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (Farrar, Straus & Giroux); Anne Applebaum, who who won the 2013 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature for Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956 (Allen Lane - Penguin Books/McClelland & Stewart); and Caroline Walker Bynum, who received Germany's Grosses Verdienstkreuz mit Stern, presented by Consul General Busso von Alvensleben at a dinner in New York he hosted for the Academy; Rick Atkinson's The Guns at Last Light (Henry Holt and Co.) has been selected as one of the Washington Post's top 10 books of the year; New publications: White Girls (McSweeney’s) by Hilton Als; If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities (Yale University Press) by Benjamin Barber; and Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football (Little, Brown and Company) by Nicholas Dawidoff; Mason Bates has three performances coming up on Dec 6th & 7th in Detroit.
The American Academy in Berlin proudly extends its congratulations to 2012 Allianz Distinguished Visitor (and 2009 Guest Speaker) Robert J. Shiller, who was awarded the 2013 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science, together with Eugene F. Fama and Lars Peter Hansen, for their work in trendspotting in asset markets.
New publications: The Unspeakable Girl: The Myth and Mystery of Kore (Seagull Books) by Giorgio Agamben, Leland de la Durantaye (transl.); and The Hotel Oneira (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by August Kleinzahler; Amy Sillman's "One Lump or Two" is on show at the ICA, Boston (Oct. 7 - Jan. 5); Kerry Tribe is among the 2014 Artadia Awards Los Angeles finalists. You can find her recent work at the Aspen Art Museum (Nov. 15 - Feb. 2), Kunsthalle Wien (Sept. 6 - Jan. 12), and the MOMA, New York (Sept. 7 - Mar. 2); and Dominique Nabokov's "The World of The New York Review of Books" is on show at La Maison Française at New York University (Nov. 6 - Dec. 1).
Two alumni have been awarded 2013 MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowships. Writer Karen Russell, who was in residence at the Academy in spring 2012 and writer Donald Antrim, who was in residence at the Academy in spring 2009.
New publications: To Be a Friend Is Fatal - The Fight to Save the Iraqis America Left Behind (Scribner, 2013) by Kirk Johnson; Institutional Choice and Global Commerce (Cambridge UP) by Joseph Jupille, Walter Mattli, and Duncan Snidal; Forty Days in the Calypso Saloon and Frescoes with Graffiti (Sheep Meadow) by Christopher Middleton; The "Melt to Earth" exhibition of fourteen sculptures by Aaron Curry will be on view at Lincoln Center, New York, October 7 through January 6; A group exhibition of video works, including works by Paul Pfeiffer, will be on view at Regen Projects, Los Angeles, through October 26; Leslie Hewitt's first solo show with Sikkema Jenkins & Co. is on view through October 5; Juliet Floyd has been named philosopher of the month September by the American Philosophical Association; and Esra Özyürek returns to Berlin as Visiting Research Fellow at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Ambassador Martin Indyk, an Academy Distinguished Visitor, has been named US Special Envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations; Katherine Boo received the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction for Behind the Beautiful Forevers (Random House); Rivka Galchen and Karen Russell will read at the German-American writers and translator meeting in New York organized by the Goethe Institut and Literarisches Colloquium Berlin, 9/26 through 9/28; New publications: Sinan Antoon, The Corpse Washer: The Margellos World Republic of Letters (Yale University Press); Martin K. Dimitrov, Why Communism Did Not Collapse: Understanding Authoritarian Regime Resilience in Asia and Europe (Cambridge University Press); Pierre Joris, Meditations on the Stations of Mansur Al-Hallaj (Chax Press); David Warren Sabean, Jason Philip Coy, Benjamin Marschke (Eds.), The Holy Roman Empire, Reconsidered (Berghahn Books); Barbara Schmitter Heisler, From German Prisoner of War to American Citizen. A Social History with 35 Interviews (McFarland); Anson Rabinbach, Sander L. Gilman (Eds.), The Third Reich Sourcebook (University of California Press); Gene Coleman's piece "The Crossing," written at the Academy, was world premiered at "The Gulf (between you and me)" festival in Philadelphia.
Recent Publications: George Packer's The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013); Rick Atkinson's The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 (Henry Holt and Co, 2013); Annie Goesfield's piece "Long Waves and Random Pulses" for violin and jammed radio signals, written during her stay at the Academy, saw its US premiere at the Monica Germino Austrian Cultural Forum, New York City on June 13; support the kickstarter campaign (until July 1) to finance the recording of a work by composer Andrew Norman and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project; and Congratulations go to artist Reynold Reynolds and composer Dan Visconti, who are Rome Prize Recipients for 2013-2014.
March - April 2013
New publications: Pilgrimage and Pogrom: Violence, Memory, and Visual Culture at the Host-Miracle Shrines of Germany and Austria (University of Chicago Press, 2013) by Mitchell B. Merback; Greek Mythologies: Antiquity and Surrealism (Harvard University Press, 2013) by Dimitrios Yatromanolakis; German publications: William T. Vollmann's Europe Central now out with Suhrkamp Verlag; Amy Waldman's The Submission (Der Amerikanische Architek) published by Shöffling & Co; Aris Fioretos's Die halbe Sonne. Ein Buch über einen Vater published by Carl Hanser Verlag; and Francisco Goldman's Say Her Name (Sag ihren Namen) published by Rowohlt Verlag; Congratulations to Nathan Englander for being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank (Alfred A. Knopf).
New publications: Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Architecture after Images (University Of Chicago Press, 2013) by Edward Dimendberg; Red doc (Knopf, 2013) by Anne Carson; New York Arbor (Steidl, 2013) by Mitch Epstein; The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013) by Joel Harrington; Hand-Drying in America: And Other Stories (Pantheon, 2013) by Ben Katchor; April 5 brings the world premiere of composer Dan Visconti's commissioned Glitchscape (2013), a multimedia work created in collaboration with experimental video artist Simon Tarr, at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall; and composer Annie Gosfield's A Luminous Reflection of Metallic Direction will see its US premiere by Frances-Marie Uitti for cello and tape, also on April 5 in New York followed by a series of performances across the US.
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