Konf: Vegetal Poetics. Narrating Plants in Culture and History, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden 6.-8. Juni 2019

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Vegetal Poetics: Narrating Plants in Culture and History

https://tu-dresden.de/gsw/vegetal-poetics-conference

https://plants.sites.arizona.edu/

 

Program:

Thursday, June 6 (Vorlesungssaal of the Museum)

1pm                       Guided Tour through exhibit “People and Plants” with Curator Kathrin Meyer (for panelists, meeting in the lobby of the museum)

2:30pm                 Welcome Address (Solvejg Nitzke, Joela Jacobs, Isabel Kranz,)

3–4:30pm           Political Gardens (Joela Jacobs)

Andrée-Anne Kekeh-Dika (University of Paris 8): Jamaica Kincaid’s Writings, or the Possibilities of “Green”

Christine Gerhardt (University of Bamberg): “My Jungle fronts on Wall Street”: The Plant Politics of Emily Dickinson’s Exotic Gardens

4:30pm                Coffee Break

5–6:30pm           Plant Potentials (Isabel Kranz)

Helga Braunbeck (North Carolina State University): Writing Trees and Chasing Spirits: Marion Poschmann’s and Esther Kinsky’s Third Nature Poetics

Eva Axer (Leibniz Center for Literary and Cultural Research): Metamorphosis of Plants 2.0: Can the Plant be a Paradigm for the Investigation of Dynamic Complexity in Literary Theory?

7–8:30pm           Reading and Discussion with Sabine Scho: “Pflanzen erzählen – Pflanzen zwischen Wissenschaft und Dichtung” with Solvejg Nitzke, Isabel Kranz, and Joela Jacobs

                               This is a public event taking place in German. Panelists are invited to attend or take a break.

 

Friday, June 7 (Martha-Fraenkel Saal, Conference Center of the Museum)

9–10:30am         Literary Botanies (Joela Jacobs)

Rachel Bouvet (University of Quebec at Montreal) and Stephanie Posthumus (McGill University): The Botanical Imaginary

Oliver Völker (Goethe University Frankfurt): Intricate Plants and Figures of Growth in Alfred Döblin‘s Writings

10:30am              Coffee Break

11am–12:30pm              Arboreal Poetics (Nicole Thesz)

                               Patrícia Vieira (University of Coimbra): The Amazonian Rainforest in Literature, Cinema and Art

                               Susan McHugh (University of New England): Forest Thinking in Contemporary Environmentalist Film and Fiction

12:30pm              Lunch

2–3:30pm           Vegetal Temporalities (Isabel Kranz)

                               Klara Schubenz (University of Mainz): On Stifter‘s Law of Gradualness

                               Robert Barrett (University of Illinois): The Vegetal Temporality of Medieval British Drama

3:30pm                Coffee Break

4–5:30pm           Vegetal Agencies (Solvejg Nitzke)

Giulia Pacini (College of William & Mary): Saving the Body Politic: Ensuring the Flow of Tree Sap in French Revolutionary Discourse

Ragnild Lome (Linköping University): Imaginations of Plant Agency in the 1950s and 60s: Readings of the Short Story Trapperne by Cecil Bødker and the Radio Play The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

6–7pm                 Reading and Discussion with Christian Lehnert: “Narrating Plants – Plants between Science and Poetry” with Solvejg Nitzke, Isabel Kranz, and Joela Jacobs

This is a public event taking place in German. English translations will be provided. Panelists are invited to attend or take a break.

8pm                      Conference Dinner (for panelists)

 

Saturday, June 8 (Martha-Fraenkel Saal, Conference Center of the Museum)

9–10:30am         Plant Bodies (Solvejg Nitzke)

Alessandro Buccheri (LabEx haStec/Centre Jean Pépin): Talking about Plants in Ancient Greek Poetry and Medicine: A Dialogue between Homer and Hippocrates

Pamela MacKenzie (University of British Columbia): The Hand, the Eye, the Microscope and the Knife in Nehemiah Grew’s Anatomy of Plants (1682)

10:30am              Coffee Break

11am–12:30pm             Romantic Plants (Christina Becher)

Anke Kramer (University of Siegen): Dynamic Plants in Tieck’s Phantasus

Michael Bies (Free University Berlin): Vegetal Life, Vegetal Poetics, and Goethe’s Novella

12:30pm             Lunch

1:30–-3pm          Plant Palpations (Frederike Middelhoff)

                               Jana Kittelmann (University Halle-Wittenberg): “Amor unit plantas”: Plants as Actors in 18th-Century Idyll and Love Poetry

                               Maren Mayer-Schwieger (Leuphana University Lüneburg): Phytotaxis: Getting in Touch with Climbing Plants

3pm                      Coffee Break

3:30pm                Concluding Remarks (Joela Jacobs, Isabel Kranz, Solvejg Nitzke)