Carolin Emcke

«Subjectivity serves the transparency of perspective», said Caroline Emcke, and the statement focusses all of her work as journalist, recognised today as one of the most important contributions to reporting on war in Europe. Former correspondent for "Der Spiegel", Emcke travelled to Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan and the Gaza Strip between 1998 and 2006. In her services and reports, she has spoken about war zones and human rights violations with a highly recognisable narrative style. Since 2007, she has worked as a freelance writer and has collaborated with titles such as "Die Zeit" and "Süddeutsche Zeitung". She wrote "Stumme Gewalt – Nachdenken über die RAF" in 2008. The book, winner of the Theodor-Wolff-Preis, recalls the dark years of revolutionary terrorism and the assassination of the German banker Alfred Herrhausen at the hands of the Red Army Faction. Much discussed was her autobiography "Wie wir begehren" (2012), in which the discovery that she was gay and her subsequent coming out, which came with a deep reflection on the social exclusion that this still entails. She often writes on the themes of globalisation, identity and ideology violence, and the new racism and fanaticism that are reshaping international politics, as in the case with "Gegen den Hass" ("Contro l'odio"), released in Germany in 2016 as the author was awarded the Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

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