Kübra Gümüșay

Photo by Maximilian Glas


Writer, Public Speaker


Kübra is a writer and public speaker. Her bestselling book 'Sprache & Sein' (English: 'Speaking and Being'), published in spring 2020, was named as one of the best non-fiction books in 2020 by 'Die Welt' and translated into six languages. She is the co-founder of eeden, a feminist co-creation space in Hamburg, as well as numerous campaigns and associations – including the anti-racism campaign #SchauHin, the feminist alliance #ausnahmslos, and the campaign 'Organisierte Liebe'. Her blog was nominated for the Grimme Online Award in 2011. Forbes magazine ranked her in the top 30 under 30 in Europe for media and marketing in 2018. In 2021, she was the recipient of the Tarabya Artist in Residency Fellowship of the German Kulturakademie. Until recently, Kübra was a Mercator Senior Fellow at the Centre for Research in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CRASSH) and the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (LCFI) at the University of Cambridge. Her current research focuses on just futures, real utopias, and the politics of imagination.

At THE NEW INSTITUTE, Kübra is involved in several programs as a fellow in the Academic Year 2023/24.

  • What gives you hope?
    So called „real utopias“. Places in the now – often on the margins of our society — where people are trying to put ideals into practise.

  • How does change happen?
    Through a thorough analysis of what’s fundamentally wrong today and resistance, on the one hand, and the courage to imagine otherwise as well as the brave audacity to create and practise alternatives. Audacious pockets of change.

  • What are you grateful for?
    In hindsight: For everything.


Unlearn Sprache, chapter in “Unlearn Patriarchy”, Lisa Jaspers, Naomi Ryland, Silvie Horch (eds), Ullstein Verlag, 2022

Totenwaschung, short story, Klasse und Kampf, Christian Baron and Maria Barankow (eds), Ullstein Verlag, 2021

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