Mithu Sanyal

  • Identitti
  • Literature

“What a mercilessly funny search for identity that spares nothing and no one. You’re not only smarter after reading it – you’re guaranteed to be in a better mood.” (Alina Bronsky)

What a scandal: Prof. Dr. Saraswati is WHITE! It doesn’t get any worse than this. Because the professor of Postcolonial Studies in Düsseldorf was just now the supergoddess of all debates about identity – and described herself as a person of colour. As if Sally Rooney, Beyoncé and Frantz Fanon were watching Sex Education together, a hunt for “real” belonging begins.
As the net hounds Saraswati and demos call for her dismissal, her student Nivedita asks her most intimate questions.

Mithu Sanyal writes with delightful self-deprecation and liberating knowledge. No one leaves the spin cycle of this novel as he or she entered it.

Dr. Mithu Sanyal was born in Düsseldorf in 1971 and is a cultural scientist, author, journalist and critic. In 2009 her non-fiction book Vulva. The Invisible Sex, 2016 Rape. Aspects of a Crime. Her first novel Identitti will be published by Hanser Verlag in 2021.

Moderation and discussion: Leyla Jagiella, ethnologist and religious scholar.

In the series Young Voices at LiZ

In cooperation with the City of Heidelberg, Office for Equal Opportunities and Mosaik Deutschland e.V. within the framework of the federal programme Demokratie leben! of the Federal Ministry for Families, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.


Hybrid event

Foto: Guido Schiefer