(Brazil, 1957) grew up in Brazil and Hungary. A writer, essayist, and critic of art and literature, she made her fiction debut in 2007 with Esti iskola (Night School: A Reader for Grownups, 2019), followed by Amikor még csak az állatok éltek (When There Were Only Animals, 2012, Als nur die Tiere lebten, 2014). Her most recent volume of short stories is Lehet lélegezni! (2019, Weiter atmen, 2020). Her fiction has been translated to a number of languages including English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. Bán is also a prolific writer of essays and reviews on literature, art, and visual culture. Her essay collections include The Turul Bird and the Dinosaur (2018), Exposed Memories: Family Pictures in Private and Collective Memory (2010, a co-edited volume), Test-Packing (2008) and Amerikáner (2000). Her most recent non-fiction book is Der Sommer unseres Missvergnügens (The Summer of Our Discontent, 2019, transl. by Terézia Mora). She lives and works in Budapest, where she is Associate Professor at Eötvös Loránd University, Department of American Studies.(WN2021)
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Watch here the keynote speech Love Politics by the German writer, journalist and cultural scientist Nithu Sanyal.
It's up to us. This is what women in Poland and Turkey are demanding in their protests for gender equality and for better protection against violence. The ruling right-wing nationalist politicians in their countries want to withdraw from the so-called Istanbul Convention. This human rights convention of the Council of Europe is the world's first binding instrument to prevent and tackle violence against women. Some governments doubt the "moral implications" of this important milestone and even believe that it could be "harmful" to their societies.
In The Female Convention, we analyzed the demonstrations and gave a voice to authors. In short: we employed literature to make the convention tangible and to breathe new life into it. This program featuring strong women and political current affairs was hosted by journalist Nicole le Fever and has been made by programme maker and writer Meltem Halaceli. Those interested could take part actively by joining the chat session, hosted by theatre maker and stand-up philosopher Laura van Dolron.
Nicole le Fever and Turkish writer, psychologist and feminist Dilâra Gürcü zoomed in on the protests in Turkey, but also on the means of protest and the role of writers and artists in this matter. Gürcü provided an impressive testimony of her life, which has changed dramatically since 2013.
The Hungarian writer and literary critic Zsófia Bán told us how she claims women's rights with the sharpness and imagination of language.
Egyptian-American journalist, writer and feminist Mona Eltahawy made it crystal clear by means of a video message that the convention does not do sufficient justice to refugees and women without residence permits, or who depend on their partners for their residence status.
We also spoke to Kaouthar Darmoni, CEO of Atria, Institute on gender equality and women's history in Amsterdam, and to actor and writer Nazmiye Oral about the role they can and want to play in this debate. How do they voice their activism and feminism from their positions?
Next, we zoomed out to a "politics of love" with the German writer, journalist and cultural scientist Mithu Sanyal. Her books Vulva (2009) and Rape: From Lucretia to #MeToo (2019) explore how our society has dealt with sexual violence for centuries, and what that says about our beliefs on sex, sexuality and gender. Her video-essay is an inspiring and confrontational report by a driven researcher about her investigation into love as a political force.
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Video: Mona Eltahawys video-essays, among which FEMINIST GIANT.