Discussion (Re-)constructing Identities: Tales of Belonging

Two boats folded out of Euro banc notes; one with a flag of the EU, the other one with a UK-flag; black background © Goethe-Institut e.V.

Wed, 01.04.2020

7:00 PM

Goethe-Institut London


Due to the current situation, the Goethe-Institut London is closed to the public until 19.4.2020. This event is postponed until further notice. We are working on alternative arrangements and will update you on details on our website,  and .

As part of the Goethe-Journalism Residence (Re)-Collecting Europe, the two journalists Loveday Wright and Julia Smirnova will be travelling through the United Kingdom from 6 March to 3 April 2020 to address social and cultural issues in times of Brexit and increasing nationalism throughout Europe. 

During the residency's public closing event (Re-)constructing Identities: Tales of Belonging, hosted by Tessa Szyszkowitz, the two residents will present and reflect on their impressions and findings. They will focus on the stories behind ethnic and regional identities in Scotland, Wales and Cornwall and explore questions such as 'Where does the renewed interest in Cornishness, Scottish and Welsh come from and what political implications does it have?'.
Loveday Wright © Loveday Wright Loveday Wright works as a multimedia journalist in Berlin, mainly at Deutsche Welle. After studying English and German in Oxford and Bamberg, she completed journalistic training as part of the international traineeship at Deutsche Welle. She reports on radio, television and online mainly on social topics. In her project for the residency titled “Post Brexit, new confidence for Cornish identity?“ she will research the question of identity in the British county Cornwall.

Julia Smirnova © Emine Ziyatdinova Julia Smirnova works as a freelance journalist in London and writes for German media such as DER SPIEGEL, WELT or ZEIT ONLINE. The project that she will work on during the time of the residency is titled: “Constructing identities – the cases of Wales and Scotland“. She completed her journalism training at the Axel Springer Academy in Berlin and then worked as a correspondent for the WELT in Moscow between 2012 and 2017. She studied German language and literature at the Lomonossow University in Moscow and the Humboldt University in Berlin and completed a master's degree in Conflict, Security and Development at King's College London. In 2015, she spent two months as part of the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship at the Washington Post in the USA.

Tessa Szyskowitz © Alex Schlachter The author and journalist Tessa Szyszkowitz, born 1967 in Stuttgart, lives in London since 2010. She is author of 'Echte Engländer. Britannien und der Brexit' (Picus Verlag 2018, in German) and UK correspondent of the Austrian news magazine profil and also works for other German speaking magazines like Cicero and Falter.  Her phd thesis on collective memory and nationalism was published under the title 'Trauma and Terror' (Böhlau-Verlag 2007). Since 2017 Szyszkowitz curates a lecture series called Philoxenia at the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue in Vienna. She is also a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London.