Cultures of Climate. On Bodies and Atmospheres in Modern Fiction: An Introduction



  • Solvejg Nitzke Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden)
  • Eva Horn University of Vienna





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Author Biographies

Solvejg Nitzke, Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden)

Dr. Solvejg Nitzke is currently holding an “Open Topic Postdoc Position” at TU-Dresden. She was part of the DFG-funded project “Climate’s Time” at the University of Vienna and earned her doctorate at Ruhr-University Bochum in 2015 with a thesis on the Tunguska-Event (“Die Produktion der Katastrophe. Das Tunguska-Ereignis und die Programme der Moderne” 2017). Her research project “Precarious Nature” examines proto-ecological knowledge in 19th century literatures. She published on topics ranging from catastrophe and post-apocalyptic narratives to climate in village stories and science-fiction, mountaineering narratives and the poetics of trees.

Eva Horn, University of Vienna

Eva Horn is professor of modern German Literature at the Department of German at the University of Vienna. From 2014-2018, she directed the research project "Climate’s Time. The Temporalization of Nature in Modernity“.  She is the author of The Secret War. Treason, Espionage and Modern Fiction (Evanston: Northwestern University Press 2013), The Future as Catastrophe. Disaster in the Modern Age (New York: Columbia University Press 2018), and together with Hannes Bergthaller: The Anthropocene. Key Issues for the Humanities (London/New York: Routledge 2020).






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