CFP EXTENDED DEADLINE: Cosmos and Community: 250 Years of German Nature Writing, Boston, 04.10.2019

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Cosmos and Community: 250 Years of German Nature Writing (10/4/19; March 5-8 2020)


Still actively accepting abstracts.


To be held at the 2020 Northeastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA) convention in Boston.


The theme of the 2020 Northeastern Modern Language Association’s annual convention is “Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages, and Cultures” – and few authors’ works speak more directly to this topic than those of Alexander von Humboldt. Alexander von Humboldt, whose 250th birthday is being commemorated throughout Germany this year, redefined many areas of German scientific life. As a botanist, ethnologist, cartographer, meteorologist, and linguist interested in all aspects of the “Cosmos,” Humboldt sought to understand every intricacy of the natural world, creating for himself a persona so strong that Andrea Wulf’s 2015 bestseller credits him with “the invention of nature” as we know it today. And yet, this is hardly an unquestioned proposition and the conception of nature that he invented has experienced radical change over time. This panel is interested in Humboldt’s work and the nature-writing legacy, including recent interdisciplinary discussions of sustainability and the Anthropocene. 

Topics might include, but are not limited to: 

- Analyses of Humboldt’s work and those of his like-minded contemporaries. 

- Discussions of authors and movements that have built on his nature-writing legacy. 

- Critical considerations of recent “250 Jahre Alexander von Humboldt” commemorative events.

Please submit abstracts of 150-300 words, including the submitter’s biographical information through the NeMLA website:


Extended Submission deadline: October 4, 2019

For inquiries about the panel, contact: 

Pascale LaFountain, Assistant Professor of German and French, Montclair State University (


Redaktion: Constanze Baum – Lukas Büsse – Mark-Georg Dehrmann – Nils Gelker – Markus Malo – Alexander Nebrig – Johannes Schmidt

Diese Ankündigung wurde von H-GERMANISTIK [Nils Gelker] betreut –