Romantic Ecologies 2022


Thursday, September 29


14.00 – 16.00     Registration


17.00                  Conference Opening



                           Dorothee Velten (Augsburb, vocals) and Christoph Teichner (Augsburg, grand piano)

                           Felix Menelssohn Bartholdy: "Auf Flügeln des Gesanges" (Words: Heinrich Heine)


                           Welcome Adresses by

                           Klaus Maiwald (Dean of the Faculty of Philology and History)

                           Jens Gurr (President of the German Society for English Literature)

                           Martin Middeke and David Kerler (Chair of English Literature)



                           Edward Elgar: Sea Pictures, op. 37, no. 2: "In Haven (Capri)" (Words: C. Alice Elgar)


17.45 – 18.45     Keynote Address by Kate Rigby (Cologne) -

 “‘A Dark Unmeaning Blank’: Romantic Ecologies at the End of the World“


 Chair: Jens Gurr (Duisburg-Essen)


19.00                   Dinner


20.30                   Reception



                            Amy Marcy Cheney Beach: “The Rainy Day” (Words: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)





Friday, September 30


09.00 – 10.30      PANEL 1: Eco-Politics: (Post)colonial and / or (Trans)atlantic Perspectives

                            Chair: Katrin Röder (Berlin/Bamberg)


 Angela Esterhammer (Toronto): Nature, Settlement, and History in John Galt’s Transatlantic   Tales


 Marie Hologa (Dortmund): The Planter Picturesque: Jamaican/Caribbean Plantocracy and the   Absence of Slavery in Texts of the late 18th Century


 Sophia Moellers (Dortmund): Infinite Nature, Infinite Ambition: William Godwin’s Socio-     political Criticism as Romantic Ecopoetics



10.30 – 11.00      Coffee Break



11.00– 12.00       Keynote Address by Jeremy Davies (Leeds): “Ecology and Industry in the 'Period of                                              Manufactories'”

                            Chair: Ralf Haekel (Leipzig)



12.00 – 14.00      Lunch Break



14.00 – 15.30     PANEL 2: Romantic Ecologies, (Post)capitalism and (Post)industrialism

                           Chair: Gerold Sedlmayr (Dortmund)


Hélène Ibata (Strasbourg): Revisiting the Romantic Sublime in Landscapes of the Anthropocene


Johannes Schlegel (Würzburg): Romantic Electrific(a)tion: Re-reading Electric Energy in the Shelleys


Ute Berns (Hamburg): Ecologies of Steam-Power: Joanna Baillie’s “Address to a Steam-Vessel”



15.35 – 17.05     PANEL 3: Romantic Biosystems and Their (Inter)dependencies, I

                           Chair: Christoph Bode (Munich)


Marvin Reimann (Bonn): “Thy function was to heal and to restore”: The River as Ecosystem in William Wordsworth’s The River Duddon Sonnets


Yuko Otagaki (Hyogo): Diverse Environmental Aesthetics in European Romantic Pastorals: Cowherd and Milkmaid Songs from the Wave of the Genius Craze


Duncan, Ian (Berkeley): Experimental Tourism: Environmental Aesthetics in the Highlands of Scotland



17.00 – 17:30     Coffee Break


17:30 – 18:30     Keynote Address by Timothy Morton (Houston): Proverbs of Hell

                           Chair: Martin Middeke (Augsburg)


19:00                  Dinner at Zeughaus, Augsburg





Saturday, October 1


09.00 – 10.00     PANEL 4: Romantic Biosystems and their (Inter)dependencies II

                           Chair: Marie Hologa (Dortmund)


Shinya Matsuzaki (Gunma): Animism Has Always Mattered—Even among English Romantics


Theresa M. Kelley (Madison): Romantic Epigenesis and Ecology


Alexandra Böhm (Erlangen-Nürnberg): Concepts of Organism and Nature’s Interdependency in British and German Proto-Ecological Children’s Literature of the Romantic Period



10.30 – 11.00    Coffee Break




11.00 – 12.00     Keynote Address by Dewey W. Hall: "The Ecology of the Goslar Verses: Weather, Pico Viejo,                               and Material Objects"

                           Chair: Frank Erik Pointner (Duisburg-Essen)



12.00 – 14.00      Lunch Break



14.00 – 15.30      PANEL 5: Ecology and Materiality

                            Chair: Stefanie John (Braunschweig)


Silvia Riccardi (Uppsala): Blake’s ‘Fibres of life’: Anatomy, Botany, and Human Form


Rebekka Rohleder (Flensburg): Mediated Nature in Mary Shelley’s Keepsake Stories


Joanna E. Taylor (UManchester): Dorothy Wordsworth’s Wildness



15.35 – 17.05     PANEL 6: Romantic Ecologies and Ethics

                           Chair: David Kerler (Augsburg)

Jonathan Culler (Cornell): Addressing Nature

Stefanie John (Braunschweig): The Romantic Child as Environmental Educator: Dara McAnulty’s Diary of a Young Naturalist

Jennifer Wawrzinek (Berlin): Dorothy Wordsworth’s Exscriptions: Worlding as Compearance



17:30                  City Tour


19:45                  Dinner at Ratskeller, Augsburg





Sunday, October 2


9.00 – 10:30       PANEL 7: Beyond (Ecocritical) Theory

                           Chair: Michael Meyer (Koblenz-Landau)


Christoph Reinfandt (Tübingen): Ecological Romanticism for the 21st Century? Suzanne Simard’s Finding the Mother Tree


Catherine Jones (Aberdeen): ‘Translations’ from Poetry to Music: Concepts of Nature in Byron’s Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage (1812-18) and Liszt’s Album d’un voyageur (1842)


Tilottama Rajan (Western Ontario): The Textual Ecology of Schelling’s First Outline of a System of the Philosophy of Nature (1799)



10.30 – 11.00    Coffee Break



10.30 – 12.30     PANEL 8: Sustainability and Regeneration in Romantic Aesthetics and Art

                           Chair: Sophia Möllers (Dortmund)


Cynthia Chase (Cornell): Departure and Arrival in the Scottish Highlands

Sebastian Ørtoft Rasmussen (Aarhus): Material Team Spirit: Literary Form and Ecological Sentiment in Charlotte Smith’s Geological Poetry

Philipp Erchinger (Düsseldorf): Poetry as Rural Work: Wordsworth’s Georgic Ecology



12.30 – 13.30     Lunch Break


13.30 – 14.30     General Meeting