Within the framework of the international literature festival »Membrane – African Literatures and Ideas,« curated by Felwine Sarr, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, and Nadja Ofuatey-Alazard; and initiated by Literaturhaus Stuttgart, Institut français and the Akademie Schloss Solitude, this special Schlosspost issue amplifies the questions and conversations occurring at the festival. These include »Who defines ›African‹ identity?,« »What are the other ways of ›Africa‹?«. This issue also opens up new conversations by fostering and challenging the concept of »Africanity,« Afro-European and Afropolitanism, and by reflecting on questions of race, borders, colonialism, temporal disruptors, and existing vocabularies. With a widely varied pool of contributions ranging from multimedia content to more experimental forms, this issue will include contemplative and analytical writing in French and English, as well as other media. The magazine will be divided into three parts, published before (May 15), during (May 23) and after the festival (June 6). To begin with some introductory notes.