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Deutsches Historisches Museum
Pei Building

The sixth symposium in the Historical Judgement series explores the concept and meaning of nature in German history at the intersection of faith, biology, and power. The symposium spans nine centuries. In three keynote addresses, Annette Kehnel, Jutta Nowosadtko, and Frank Uekötter will provide an overview of humanity’s changing relations with nature in the Middle Ages, the modern period, and the 19th and 20th centuries. Margot Fassler will discuss Hildegard of Bingen’s concept of viriditas (the greening power of creation) in the 12th century, Hiram Kümper will describe how nature served as a resource for the Hanseatic League, and Viktoria Urmersbach will examine 18th-century perceptions of the forest. Nils Franke will look at nature and ideology under National Socialism, Tilo Wesche will analyse the dialectic of human relations with nature in the work of Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno, and Stephen Milder will shed light on the beginnings of the anti-nuclear movement in Germany. Finally, Astrid M. Eckert explains the national park programme of the late GDR.

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The “Historical Judgement” event series is funded by Dr. Christiane and Dr. Nicolaus Weickart.

Participation

Participation is free

Conference Languages: German and English, Simultaneous translation

The symposium will be recorded and made available online later.

>> Registration until July 5th

Programme

9.00 Registration

9.30 Welcome

The Concept of Nature in German History
Raphael Gross, Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum

9.45 Keynote I

The Commons Economy in the Middle Ages
How Our Ancestors Internalised Externalities

Annette Kehnel, Universität Mannheim

Discussion
Moderation: Julia Voss, Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum

10.30 Keynote II

Nature in the Early Modern Period
Jutta Nowosadtko, Helmut Schmidt University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg

Discussion
Moderation: Julia Voss, Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum

11.15 Coffee break

11.45 Keynote III

The Nature in the Early Modern Period
Frank Uekötter, Ruhr University Bochum

Discussion
Moderation: Birgit Aschmann, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

12.30 Talk

Annette Kehnel, Jutta Nowosadtko and Frank Uekötter

Moderation: Birgit Aschmann, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

13.00 Lunch break

14.30 Uhr Short Papers – Faith and Power

The Natural World in Hildegard’s Illuminated Scivias and in Select Liturgical Texts
Margot E. Fassler, University of Notre Dame (USA)

The Hanseatic League and the Northern European Food Trade
Hiram Kümper, University of Mannheim

The Discovery of the Forest around 1800
From a Rational Sustainable View to a Romantic Projection

Viktoria Urmersbach, Stadtteilarchiv Ottensen e.V. Geschichtswerkstatt für Altona

Discussion
Moderation: Ulinka Rublack, Cambridge University (UK)

16.30 Coffee break

17.00 Uhr Short Papers – Biology and Power

Nature and Ideology under National Socialism
Nils Franke, Wissenschaftliches Büro Leipzig

Adorno’s and Horkheimer’s Dialectic of Human Relations with Nature
Tilo Wesche, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg

The Beginnings of the German Anti-Nuclear Movement in Wyhl
Stephen Milder, University of Groningen and Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

The National Park Programme in the Final Months of the GDR
Astrid M. Eckert, Emory University (USA)

Discussion
Moderation: Julia Voss, Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum

19.00 Closing Comment
Raphael Gross, Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum

Contact

Christina Behrendt und Jenny Jakubik

tagungsbuero@dhm.de

Phone +49 (0)30 20304-414/-415