Oliver Kontny works as literary translator and conference interpreter for Turkish. In 2017, he is a research fellow at the Research Centre Interweaving Performance Cultures at the Freie Universität Berlin. He has a background in Turkic and Iranian Studies (FU Berlin) and has worked as dramaturge and author of stage plays and radio plays. He has published and lectured on issues of transculturalism and postmigrant cultural production in Germany and on contemporary Turkish literature.