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Fatin Abbas (f)
Writer in Residence

Herkunftsland: USA/Sudan
KKA-Residency: 2019
Webseite: http://www.fatinabbas.com

Portraitfoto: Fatin Abbas
Portraitfoto: Fatin Abbas
©Marie C.
Fatin Abbas’ first novel, The Interventionists, is forthcoming from W. W. Norton & Co. Her short fiction has appeared in Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on Arrival, The Warwick Review and Friction, and her non-fiction and journalism have appeared in Le Monde diplomatique, Die Zeit, The Nation, Africa is a Country, African Arguments and openDemocracy, among other places. Born in Sudan and raised in the United States, she gained her BA from the University of Cambridge, her PhD from Harvard University, and her MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College, the City University of New York, where she was awarded both the Bernard Cohen Short Story Prize and the Miriam Weinberg Richter Award for her writing.

August 2011 – May 2013: M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction), Hunter College, City University of New York (New York, NY).
September 2005 – November 2011: A.M., Ph.D., Department of Comparative Literature, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA).
Dissertation title: Class, Gender and Indigeneity as Counter-Discourses in the African Novel: Achebe, Ngugi, Emecheta, Sow Fall and Ali.
October 2000 – June 2003: B.A. in English, Downing College, University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK).
September 1999 – June 2000: Princeton University, undergraduate (Princeton, NJ).
September 1993 – June 1999: International Baccalaureate Diploma, United Nations International School (New York, NY).

Arc Artist Residency, Romainmôtier, Switzerland (July 2018).
Villa Sarkia Residency, Sysmä, Finland (June 2018).
Alumni Award, Iceland Writers Retreat, Reykjavík, Iceland (April 2018).
Cité Internationale des Arts Residency, Paris, France (February 2018).
Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship Award (June 2016 – November 2017).
Miriam Weinberg Richter Award, Hunter College, CUNY (April 2013).
Bernard Cohen Short Story Prize, Hunter College, CUNY (April 2012).
Scholarship and Welfare Fund of the Alumni Association of Hunter College, Inc. Scholarship (August 2011 – May 2013).
Hertog Fellowship, Hunter College, CUNY (February 2012 – May 2012).
Women’s International Leadership Program Fellowship, International House, New York (September 2011 – April 2012).
Outreach Scholarship, International House, New York (September 2011 – April 2012).
Glimmer Train Short Story Awards, Honourable Mention (August 2011): For the short story ‘Womb Memories.’
Harvard University Graduate Society Fellowship (September 2010 – June 2011).
Harvard University Graduate Prize Fellowship (September 2005 – June 2009).
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies (September 2005 – June 2006).
World Vision International Research Grant Award (June 2004 – November 2004).

The Interventionists: A Novel (under contract; forthcoming). New York: W. W. Norton & Co. Print.
Short Fiction:
‘On a Morning.’ Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on Arrival. Ed. John Freeman. New York: Grove Atlantic/Grove Press, 2015, pp. 155-203. Print.
‘Womb Memories.’ The Warwick Review. Vol. V, no. 4. (December 2011): pp. 29-44. Print.
‘The Circumcision.’ Friction. Issue #3. October 2011. Republished in openDemocracy.net. 5th December 2012. Online.
‘Migration: Niemals eine Bürgerin’ (‘Migration: Never a Citizen’). Trans. Ekpenyong Ani. Die Zeit. 14th March 2018. Online.
‘Brief aus Khartum’ (‘Letter from Khartoum’). Trans. Niels Kadritzke. Le Monde Diplomatique (Germany). 9th February 2017, p. 2. Print.
‘Coming to Terms with Sudan’s Legacy of Slavery.’ African Arguments. 19th January 2016. Online.
‘Abderrahmane Sissako’s Oscar nominated “Timbuktu” transcends the present,’ on ‘Timbuktu.’ Africa is a Country. 15th February 2015. Online.
‘We Are Fed Up! The power of a new generation of Sudanese youth activists.’ OpenDemocracy.net. 25th July 2012. (Published anonymously). Online.
‘Sudan Secession: Resolving Divisions?’ OpenDemocracy.net. 8th July 2011. Online.
‘Year of the Boomerang? Frantz Fanon and the Arab Uprisings.’ OpenDemocracy.net. 11th April 2011. Online.
‘Out of Africa,’ on Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan and The Translator: Memoir of a Darfur Tribesman by Daoud Hari. The Nation. 1st December 2008: pp. 34-36. Print.
‘The New Face of Warfare,’ on Children at War by P.W. Singer, Innocents Lost by Jimmie Briggs and A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah. The Nation. 28th May 2007: pp. 38-44. Reprinted in Current #294. July/August 2007: pp. 11-15. Reprinted in the book, Intern Nation: Writings from the First Thirty Years. New York: Nation Books, 2008, pp. 1-4. Print.
Review of Below the Poverty Line: A Novel by Idris Ali. Bidoun. Issue 09, vol. 01 (Winter 2007): p. 92. Print.
‘Short Takes,’ on Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The Nation. 2nd October 2006: p. 34. Print.
‘Dining with Devils,’ on You Must Set Forth at Dawn by Wole Soyinka. The Nation. 29th May 2006: pp. 46-50. Print.
‘Willing Executioners,’ on Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak by Jean Hatzfeld. The Nation. 1st August 2005: pp. 40-41. Print.
‘Darfur and Development.’ The Nation. 28th March 2005: pp. 6 & 25. Print.
Scholarly (Peer-reviewed):
‘Egypt, Arab Nationalism and Nubian Diasporic Identity in Idris Ali’s Dongola: A Novel of Nubia.’ Research in African Literatures. Special Issue on Africa and the Black Atlantic. Vol. 45, no. 3 (Fall 2014): pp. 145-166. Print.

‘Women, Shari’a and the Criminal Justice System in Northern Sudan,’ in Promoting Peace and Justice for Sudanese Women and Children: A Report of the Conference on ‘The Legal Status of Women and Children in Sudan.’ Eds Caroline O. Odingo and Olang Sana. Nairobi: World Vision International, 2005, pp. 21-42. Print.

Mud Missive (2009). 20 mins. Directed, shot and edited an essayistic video documentary focusing on a group of potters who work on the banks of the White Nile in Khartoum, Sudan. The documentary weaves visual reflections on the pottery process with reflections on Sudanese nationhood, politics and diasporic identity. Screenings:
Athens International Film and Video Festival, Athens, Ohio (28th April 2010).
52nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig), Leipzig, Germany (30th October and 1st November 2009).
Harvard Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge, MA (11th February 2009).
Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge, MA (5th February 2009).

Conferences, Presentations & Readings:
May 2018: Invited presentation and panel discussion: ‘Berlintown: City is Text.’ Panel part of the PARATAXE ‘AfroBerlin: Past, Present and Future of African Literatures in and from Berlin’ Symposium. Literarisches Colloquium Berlin, Germany.
February 2016: Invited reading and panel discussion: ‘Women as Travellers, Residents

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