Amanda Halter, Florian Wagner, Gina Comos, Jaime Hyatt, Luisa Turczynski

Ecocriticism Research Collective

Amanda Halter, Florian Wagner, Gina Comos, Jaime Hyatt, Luisa Turczynski
Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)

Ecocriticism Research Collective 

We are a collaborative peer working group consisting of young researchers and teachers from diverse backgrounds who are interested in the field of Ecocriticism. Ecocriticism is a flourishing field of literary and cultural studies that examines the relationship between nature and the cultural imagination. While we each approach the field from different angles, our ideas intersect in fundamental ways allowing for critical engagement, collaboration, and constructive feedback. We hold regular working meetings in which we exchange texts (i.e. sections of our dissertations, talks, lectures, publications, projects, etc.) and share ideas. We are open to guest lectures and collaborative projects. As a group, our interests are vast and include:

  • Ecocriticism’s historical roots, continuances, and legacies within the environmental imagination
  • The reconceptualization of wilderness and wild spaces
  • American Romanticism and nature writing
  • Ecofeminism and its trajectories
  • Environmental justice and indigenous literatures
  • The Anthropocene concept in literary and cultural studies
  • Climate change fiction
  • Ecopoetry
  • Posthumanism
  • New Materialism

Feel free to get in touch with us: ecocriticismrc@gmail.com

Faculty Advisor

Prof. Dr. Caroline Rosenthal Expand entry
Select Publications
  • Anglophone Literature and Culture in the Anthropocene, ed. wth Gina Comos. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars 2019.
  • "Sehnsuchtsort Natur: Von Ralph Waldo Emerson zu Peter Wohlleben. Schreiben über Natur in den USA und in Deutschland" (mit Peter Braun). Weiland, Marc/Werner Nell (eds.) Gutes Leben auf dem Land? Imaginationen und Projektionen. (Reihe: Rurale Topographien, Bd.12). Bielefeld: Transcript 2021: 167-197.
  • "Wildnis Stadt: Zeitgenössisches Urban Birding und seine historischen Wurzeln in den USA." In: Kerschbaumer, Sandra/Gisela Mettele (eds.) Romantische Urbanität. Wien/Köln: Böhlau 2020: 187-209.
  • "Landmarken: Das Konzept des Bioregionalismus bei Gary Snyder und Helmut Salzinger"(with Peter Braun). Zeitschrift für Germanistik XXX: 2 (2020): 363-380. 
  • "The Nature(s) of Canadian Ecocriticism and Ecopoetry." In Comos/Rosenthal (eds.) Anglophone Literature in the Anthropocene. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2019: 96-114.
  • "Introduction" (with Gina Comos) to Anglophone Literature in the Anthropocene. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2019: i-xv.
  • "Modell des einfachen Lebens: Henry David Thoreaus Walden." In Kerschbaumer, Sandra/ Stefan Matuschek (eds.) Romantik erkennen – Modelle finden. Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh 2019: 169-186.
  • "Sean Penn's Into the Wild." Peters, Susanne et al. (eds.) Teaching Contemporary Literature and Culture. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag 2013: 369-386.

Current Members

Gina Comos Expand entry

PhD Candidate and Research Associate at the Department of American Studies, FSU Jena 

Dissertation Project: "To Accept Responsibility and Forgo the Control?”: Women and Nature in US-American Literature of the Anthropocene,
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Caroline Rosenthal 

Publications
  • Anglophone Literature and Culture in the Anthropocene. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2019. (edited with Caroline Rosenthal) 
  • "Introduction." In: Anglophone Literature in the Anthropocene (ed.). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars 2019, i-xv. (with Caroline Rosenthal) 
  • "American Ecocriticism and the Literature of the Anthropocene." In: Gina Comos Comos and Caroline Rosenthal, eds. Anglophone Literature in the Anthropocene. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars 2019, 48-66.
Conference Talks
  • "Applying Ecofeminist Principles to Ruth Ozeki’s All Over Creation." Ecocritical Life Writing in the Dystopic Present (international workshop). 06.12.2019, Augsburg, DE.
  • "The Anthropocene in Literary and Cultural Studies." Narratives of Crisis: Anglophone Literature and Culture in the Anthropocene (lecture series). 06.04.2017, FSU Jena, DE.
  • "Ecocriticism and the Challenge of the Anthropocene." Regional Colloquium of American Studies (Netzwerk Amerikanistik Mitteldeutschland). 13.01.2017, Dt. Literaturinstitut Leipzig, DE.
Carolin Grzenia Expand entry

PhD Candidate and Research Associate at the Department of American Studies, FSU Jena 

Dissertation Project: “A New Lesson in Losing”: Climate Grief in Contemporary Life Writing (working title), Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Caroline Rosenthal 

Former Honours Student in the Honours Programme for Future Researchers, FSU Jena
Honours Project: “Affect and Emotion in Climate Fiction” (Working Title),
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Caroline Rosenthal

https://www.uni-jena.de/en/academic+career/research-oriented+studying/honours+programme+for+future+researchers/honours+students+2020

Amanda Halter Expand entry

PhD Candidate and Research Associate at the Department of American Studies, FSU Jena

Dissertation Project: Reading Environmental Violence: The Ecopedagogical Potential of Contemporary US-American Young Adult Fiction (Working Title), 
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Caroline Rosenthal 

Conference Talks
  • "'Re-Drawing' Nature: The Environmental Imagination in Contemporary Picturebooks." Invited guest lecture in the seminar "Bilderbücher in der Grundschule," University of Potsdam, 26.09.2022.
  • “Addressing a Failing US Environmental Education: The Potential of Young Adult Anthropocene Fiction.” Annual DGfA Meeting: Political Education & American Studies, University of Tübingen, June 9-11, 2022.
  • "The Bildungsroman in the Anthropocene: Reading Narratives of Formation in the New Epoch." Regional Colloquium of American Studies. 25.10.2019, Halle, DE.
  • “Ecocriticism and Young Adult Literature: Texts as Expressive Agents for Change.” Guest Lecture, Nature Writing and Ecocriticism Lecture Series, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, 21.01.2021.
  • “Crises, Chasms, and Unlikely Collectives: Growing Up in Contemporary Young Adult Eco-Dystopian Fiction.” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts: Climate Change and the Anthropocene, virtual, 20.03.2021.
  • “’Maybe it was the end of the world- that world’: An Examination of Hope in Young Adult Eco-Dystopian Fiction of the Anthropocene.” 31st Annual Mardi Gras Graduate Student Conference: Uncertain Futures: Exploring Ambiguities, Hopes and Anxieties, Louisiana State University, virtual, 10.02.2021.
  • “At the Center of the Storm: A Critical Analysis of Adolescence in Young Adult Eco-Fiction.” Workshop on Constructions of Adolescence, Technische Universität Dresden, virtual, 16.07.2021.
Jaime Hyatt Expand entry

PhD Candidate at the Department of American Studies, Fsu Jena;
Research Associate at the Imre Kertész Kolleg, Jena, Institute of Advanced Studies 

Dissertation Project: Tree Activism in Contemporary North American Literature: Politicizing the Environment of the Pacific Northwest (working title),
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Caroline Rosenthal

Publications
Events

"Our Loves are Not Only Human: Collective Care and Entanglements." Reading workshop, 23.01. 2020, held at Akademie Schloss Solitude

Luisa Turczynski Expand entry

PhD Candidate at the "Romanticism as a Model" research training group, FSU Jena 

Dissertation Project: (Re-)Imagining Nature, Gender, and Sexuality in American Romanticism and Beyond (Working Title), Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Caroline Rosenthal 

Publications
Conference Talks
  • "From Otherization to Identification? Re-Modeling the Romantic Self-Nature-Relation in (Proto-) Ecofeminist and Queer-Ecological Writings." International Workshop "Ecocritical Life Writing in the Dystopic Present". 05.-06.12.2019, Augsburg, DE.
Florian Wagner Expand entry

PhD Candidate and Research Associate at the Department of American Studies, FSU Jena

Dissertation Project: Revisiting the Environmental Imagination: Planetary Poetics in Contemporary Canadian Poetry (Working Title), 
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Caroline Rosenthal 

Publications
  • Wagner, Florian. "Neo-Cosmopolitan Tidalectics as Planetary Poetics in Kaie Kellough's Magnetic Equator.Canada and Beyond: A Journal of Canadian Literary and Cultural Studies 11 (2022). (forthcoming) 
  • Wagner, Florian. "Julie Sze, Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger (Oakland: U of California P, 2020), 144 pp." Amerikastudien/American Studies 67: 2 (2022), 271-272. https://amst.winter-verlag.de/article/amst/2022/2/13/display/html
  • "Embracing the Loss of Nature: Searching for Responsibility in an Age of Crisis." COPAS Journal 22.1 (2021), with Jaime Hyatt. 
    https://copas.uni-regensburg.de/issue/view/43 
  • "Towards the Reinhabitation of the Soil: On Becoming Earthbound in Gary Snyder’s Turtle Island." In: Gina Comos und Caroline Rosenthal, eds. Anglophone Literature and Culture in the Anthropocene. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2019, 81-95.
Conference Talks (selection)
  • "Revisiting the Environmental Imagination: Planetary Poetics in Contemporary Canadian Poetry." Emerging Scholars Colloquium, 43rd Annual Conference of the Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries (GKS), February 17-19, 2022. http://www.kanada-studien.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/gks22_colloquium-booklet_final.pdf
  • "'Keep Your Solar Plexus Shining Brighter Than Your Necklace': Female Empowerment and Holistic Spirituality in Environmentally Conscious Hip Hop" Hip Hop Ecologies- A Workshop, University of Konstanz, February 18-20, 2021. 
  • "Revisiting the Utopian Imaginary: Of Species-Being(s), the Multitude and Sympoietic Worlding in Times of Ecological Crisis." Historical Materialism Annual Conference 2019, November 07-11, 2019, SOAS London, GB. (DAAD Travel Grant)
  • Wagner, Florian. "The Species-Being in the Anthropocene: Finding Companionship and Collectivizing Struggle in Gary Snyder’s Turtle Island." Historical Materialism Athens 2019, May 02-05, 2019, Panteion University Athens, GD. 

News

Recent Publications 

Upcoming Conference Talks 

Past Events

  • "Environmental Crisis and Culture: An Introduction to Ecocriticism and a Public Discussion" Public Climate School FSU Jena, 22.11.2021. 
  • Halter, Amanda and Jaime Hyatt. "Climate Change Stories: A Reading and Discussion" Public Climate School FSU Jena, 19.05.2021.
  • "The Climate Crisis and the Literary Imagination: A Reading and Discussion with the Ecocriticism Research Collective" Public Climate School FSU Jena, 24.11.2020.