Priya Basil ENG

Priya Basil is a writer and activist. In her book Be My Guest she connects stories about her family’s Indian-Kenyan traditions, her British heritage and life in Germany to make a passionate plea for hospitality in Europe. Her essays have been widely published, including in Lettre International, Die Zeit and The Guardian. She is co-founder and board member of the NGO WIR MACHEN DAS. Priya is also on the advisory board of the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights. In 2017, she initiated and remains actively engaged with a campaign for a European Public Holiday across the continent. Her film-essay Locked In and Out, exploring questions around citizenship, coloniality and memory culture, premiered on 16th December 2020 at the digital opening of the Humboldt Forum and is now available to watch on YouTube. Her latest book In Us and Now, Becoming Feminist (Suhrkamp, 2021) once again powerfully blends the personal and political.