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Carolin Emcke

Carolin Emcke is one of Germany’s most high-profile journalists. She was born in 1967 in Mülheim an der Ruhr and studied Philosophy, Politics and History in London, Frankfurt am Main and Harvard. She wrote her doctorate on the concept of “collective identities”.
Carolin Emcke has travelled to crisis zones around the world since 1998. From 1998 to 2006 she worked for ‘Der Spiegel’ as a foreign correspondent in countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kosovo, Iraq, Colombia and Lebanon; she then worked from 2007 to 2014 as an international reporter for ‘Die Zeit’ in Israel, Pakistan, Egypt, Iraq and the USA. Since 2014 she has worked as an independent journalist. Carolin Emcke will be awarded with the Peace Price of the German Book Trade 2016.

She has regularly written and lectured on topics such as globalization, theories of violence, war and cultural identity. In 2014, together with the director Angelina Maccarone, she developed the filmic intervention ‚ ‘Tolerant? We are ourselves!’ Emcke is a winner of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Prize for political books and the Ernst Bloch young writer’s prize, she has also won the Theodor Wolff Prize in 2008, the Otto Brenner Prize for critical journalism in 2010, the German Reporter Prize for “Journalist of the Year”, the Johann Heinrich Merck Prize in 2014, the Lessing Prize of the Free State of Saxony in 2015 and the Lichtenberg Poetry Professorship Prize. Her books include ‘Echoes of Violence: Letters from a War Reporter’, ‘Mute Violence – Thoughts about the Red Army Faction’, ‘How We Desire’ and the volume of essays ‘Because it Can be Said – Witnesses and Justice’. Her latest book, ‘Against Hatred’, will be published in autumn 2016.