Literature and Journalism Gregor Dotzauer

  • Gregor Dotzauer © Goethe-Institut China
    Gregor Dotzauer red extracts of his essay “From slaughterhouse to disco” at Red Gate Open Studio
  • Gregor Dotzauer © Goethe-Institut China
    Gregor Dotzauer red extracts of his essay “From slaughterhouse to disco” at Red Gate Open Studio


Gregor Dotzauer was born in Bayreuth on 13 May 1962 and has been literary editor of Berlin’s leading daily newspaper, Der Tagespiegel, for 14 years now. Over the course of his prior career as head of the arts and culture section of Elle magazine in Munich, film editor at the German weekly news magazine Focus and freelance contributor to the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, among other things, Dotzauer acquired excellent skills as a talk show host as the author of a great many literary articles for magazines and as a teacher of literary criticism at universities in Berlin and Potsdam. He has also been a jury member for various awards, most recently the Robert Bosch Foundation’s Adelbert von Chamisso Prize.

What is the relation between self-image, self-presentation and the image others have of us? What good is introspection in an age of comprehensive self-tracking? Gregor Dotzauer came to Beijing in 2014 with these questions. He has been working for some time now on an essay project about moving the boundaries of the inner life outwards. During his stay in Beijing he got to know a different culture. He met Chinese authors and artists and talked with them about how Chinese tradition influences their creative work and what home means to people in different cultural contexts.