The Picador Guest Professorship for Literature

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The Picador Professorship for Literature at the University of Leipzig is unique in Germany. Located at the university’s American Studies Program and based on a partnership between Holtzbrinck Berlin - Inspire Together, the DAAD, and the University of Leipzig, it combines elements of a writers-in-residence program, creative writing programs, and university learning. The Picador Professorship for Literature brings leading young writers of English-language literature to Leipzig and Mitteldeutschland, thereby providing students with a chance to work with ‘practitioners’ of literature. It thus also engages in and fosters a vivid exchange about the relationship between literature, language, and culture, especially as they shape society’s negotiation of diversity and difference.

Current Picador Professor Emily Nemens

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Emily Nemens
Picador Professor for Literature
Room 3 5.09 | Phone: (0341) 97 37333
Office Hours: by appointment

In the Winter Term of 2022/23, the Picador Chair for Literature will be held by Emily Nemens. Read more about Professor Nemens on her faculty page.

Former Picador Professors for Literature

Since the inauguration of the Picador Professorship in early 2007, American Studies Leipzig has been proud and honored to host the following Picador Guest Professors for Literature:

Picador Chair Related News, Events, and Activities

Meet the Picador Professor for Literature

American Studies Leipzig is very much interested in organizing Picador Professorship Events (readings, round tables, panel discussions, etc.) with local, regional, and national partners. If you are interested in inviting the current Picador professor for such events, please contact the American Studies Leipzig Picador Coordinator Annika Schadewaldt (email:, phone: +49 (341) 97 37 334) directly.