International Symposium on "Haunted Nature"

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November 8, 2019
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Humanities, Intellectual History, Race Studies

Symposium Announcement: “Haunted Nature” at University Würzburg 

Date: November 8.9, 2019


In this international symposium we will discuss ideas relating to the agency of nature, particularly the forest, the swamp, and the woods, through the concept of haunting. Haunting is one of the very few literary concepts capable of expressing the uniquely nonhuman vitality of nature. In fact, seen from a nonhuman, or new materialist standpoint, haunting has always recognized the vitality of nature and its capacity to act as an agent, or to use a more radical term introduced by Bruno Latour, as an “actant.” In our symposium, we will define just how this actant incorporates, performs, and releases its hauntings.  


Confirmed speakers: Sandy Alexandre (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Sladja Blažan (Universität Würzburg)

Justin D. Edwards (University of Stirling), Catrin Gersdorf (Universität Würzburg), Alexandra Hauke (Universität Passau), Johan Höglund (Linnaeus University), Dawn Keetley (Lehigh University), Elizabeth Parker (University of Birmingham), Elisabeth Scherer (Universität Düsseldorf), Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet (University of Lausanne), Elmar Schenkel (Universität Leipzig). 

For more information and a full program, please see the conference website: