Über den Autor

Philipp Khabo Koepsell

Photo by NandoNkrumah
Berlin-based poet and spoken word performer of German and South African descent.

Koepsell is a recent graduate of Humboldt-University's African Studies department. His academic focus is the negotiation of marginalized cultural identities in poetry and fiction.

He is author of "Die Akte James Knopf. Afrodeutsche Wort- und Streitkunst", a book of poetry in which he reflects on racism, society and Germany's colonial past. In addition to the book and his readings/performances based on his work he is creator of the weblog "Die James Knopf: Fussnoten zu Gesellschaft und Rassismus, Empowerment und Performance" [This here blog]. The blog features satirical essays, academic papers, poetry and video clips on the topic of racism and empowerment.

He has been performing with different rap and spoken word groups as the New Night Babies and Dead Horse Running as well as with solo artist like classical violin player and professor Daniele Daude, singer Iza Bell, spoken word poetess Chantal-Fleur Sandjon, Olumide Popoola and others.

Booking inquiries to:  jmsknopf@gmail.com

Die Akte James Knopf by bra phil

Performances, Workshops etc.

- Homestory Deutschland Exhibition, Köln
- Just Us Artist Fund, Berlin
- Book launch "The Little Book of Big Visions", Hamburg
- Book launch "The Little Book of Big Visions" Frankfurt
- Book launch "The Little Book of Big Visions", Berlin
- "Rassismus und die (deutsche) Sprache", Jubiläumsversantaltung, Anitdiskriminierungsbüro Köln
- 1884 Concert, Werkstatt der Kulturen, Berlin
- Black German Cultural Society Convention "What is the Black German Experience? History, Performance, Popular & Visual Cultures" Barnard College & Goethe Institute NY, New York City 
- Arriving In The Future. An Evening Of Poetry & Music, Berlin
- Club tour (Ben's Café, Caveau des Oubliettes, We love Jam at Les Cariatides,  Label Slam, Le Laboratoire Musical) as New Night Babies & Blaq Pearl in Paris
- BIGSAS Festival of African and African Diasporic Literatures, Remembering Flash Forward African Literatures as Poetics in Motion, Bayreuth
- Berlin Textures - Uncovering The Hidden (Hi)Stories in Berlin's City Scape, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
- Internationale Woche gegen Rassismus, München
- International Workshop. Literature and Intercultural Communication. LSE (London School of Economics), London
- A Thousand Voices Deep, Berlin
- Free Mumia - Slam Revue, Paderborn
- Ballhaus Naunynstraße Berlin
- CrossKultur, Grenzgängz, Berlin
- Interventionen Münster
- Lesung Wie Rassismus aus Wörtern spricht. (K)erben des Kolonilaismus, Bayreuth
- New Night Babies @ Südblock Berlin
- Politcal Studies Department, Wits Universtiy, Johannesburg, RSA
- Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, "Afro Slam Poetry Express", Johannesburg, RSA 
- Deutsche Schule Kapstadt, Cape Town, RSA 
- German Studies Department, Universtiy of Stellenbosch & UWC, Stellenbosch, RSA
- German Studies Department, Wits Universtiy, Johannesburg, RSA
- Hospitality and Hostility Conference, Wits Universtiy, Johannesburg, RSA
- Voices in Exile Soliveranstaltung, Berlin
- Iza Bell on Loopstation with Philipp Khabo Köpsell, Kwartira Nr.62, Berlin
- Book Release von Wie Rassismus aus Wörtern spricht. (K)erben des Kolonilaismus,Werkstatt der Kulturen, Berlin
- Afro World Poetry Slam, A.U. Headquarter, Berlin
- Postcolonial Studies Conference "Colonial Legacies, Postcolonial Contestations", Frankfurt/Main
- Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften, Humblodt-Universität Berlin
- BIGSAS Festival of African and African Diasporic Literatures, Bayreuth
- Creative Writing Workshop für RAA Brandenburg
. Freitext Magazin, Soli Veranstaltung, Bethanien, Berlin
- IBZ Bielefeld, 30-jähriges Jubiläum (mit Daniele Daude)
- Performance @ Intercultural Anglophone Studies Department, Universität Bayreuth
- Black History Month Hamburg
- Jolibas Black Bazar, Berlin
- Performance Workshop für Kosmos BRD, München
- Aktionstag gegen Rassismus, Freie Schule Berlin
- Tausend Worte Tief, Werkstatt der Kulturen, Berlin
- Black Community Meeting, Nürnberg
- Move On Up - Empowerment Tagung, Berlin


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