Gerrit Wiesmann

Freelance journalist and writer, Berlin

Milena Jesenská Visiting Fellow
(January – March 2018)

Project:

Why does Kafka Still Not Have a Home? A Look at How Nation-States Remember

How have the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany remembered or failed to remember Franz Kafka? What does this mean for Kafka’s identity today, especially in a time of resurgent nationalism? How far is an artist’s national identity important when it comes to their being claimed by a country in which they lived? How far is the importance of their national identity influenced by the pressures of profit-oriented heritage industries?