CFP: GSA 2021 - Seminar: Green Frankfurt School, Indianapolis (25.01.2021)

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GSA Seminar
Green Frankfurt School

Forty-Fifth Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Indianapolis, IN, September 30th - October 3rd, 2021


  • Jennifer Fay (Vanderbilt University) 
  • Dennis Johannßen (Lafayette College)

This seminar explores the contributions of Frankfurt School critical theory to discourses of the environmental humanities. We are interested in the ecological implications of the key texts and authors (Benjamin, Kracauer, Horkheimer, Adorno, Marcuse, Habermas, Honneth, Jaeggi), their philosophical interlocutors (Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Weber), as well as critical responses by associated writers and filmmakers such as Hannah Arendt, Hans-Magnus Enzensberger, Angela Davis, Susan Neiman, Alexander Kluge, Jennifer Baichwal, Susan Buck-Morss, Miriam Hansen, Nicolas Born, Kelly Reichardt, Bruno Latour, and Judith Butler. Possible topics include representations and aesthetics of the environment, the traumatization of nature in the Anthropocene, environmental racism, human rights and climate refugees, ecofeminism, and the intersections of deep and social ecology, constructivism, natural history, and environmental ethics. We are interested in a broad range of philosophical approaches as well as engagements with artistic and media practices such as literature, film, poetry, music, theater, and digital culture.

Format: Seminar sessions will consist of 5-minute presentations of pre-circulated 10-page papers, followed by a 10-minute response by a predetermined commentator and a 20-minute open discussion. Each participant will be invited to contribute a paper and give a response. We welcome papers that propose arguments as well as position papers that formulate questions. 

We will send out guidelines by the end of March and distribute the papers and commentator roles by mid-August.

The seminar intends to bring together accomplished scholars and early-career researchers of the Frankfurt School, literary and media studies, philosophy, and environmental humanities. The goal of the seminar is to prompt research on points of mutual illumination between Frankfurt School critical theory and the politics and aesthetics of climate change. We are considering publishing the presented papers in a collected volume or journal issue. Seminar auditors are welcome.

To participate, please visit the GSA website and apply electronically by January 25th, 2021

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the conveners, Jennifer Fay ( and Dennis Johannßen (


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

Diese Ankündigung wurde von H-GERMANISTIK [Constanze Baum] betreut –