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European Ethnology

Conference 2023

Here you will find all the latest information about the programme.

All lectures will take place in Hörsaal 1 (Bauteil 1). Exceptions are mentioned. 

You will find the conference office in Übungsraum 7 (Bauteil 1).

08.00 Check in (Übungsraum 6)

08:00-09:00 Coffee break

09:00-11:00 Session 1: Opening

  • Address of welcome (Vice Dean, Jürgen Rauh)

  • Narrating the multispecies world: Opening (Michaela Fenske, Würzburg)

  • Story time for the end times: Narrating conservation in the face of extinction debt  (Joshua Wodak, Sydney), digital

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-13:00 Session 2: Caring

  • Care, community and activity: Three stories of companionship in relationships between pets and people (Sarah Mönkeberg and Markus Kurth, Kassel)
  • Sheep related narratives in everyday life on the island of Gotland (Gurbet Peker, Uppsala)
  • Resonant distancing: Overcoming the wild/domestic narrative with forestal honeybees and cows (Felix Remter, München)

13:00-14:30 Lunch (Mensa)

14:30-16:30 Session 3: Transforming

  • After the end: The planthropocene in contemporary Latin American art (Verónica Jiménez Borja, Quito) digital

  • Exile and migration in the contemporary multispecies novel (Peter Arnds, Dublin)

  • Tales of roots and branches: Turkish migrants and their plant companions in Germany (Hilal Alkan, Berlin) digital

16:30-17:00 Coffee Break

17:00-18:30 Keynote 1: Traditional (Gaelic) folk-narratives for a multi-species future (Mairead Nic Craith, Inverness)

20.00 Dinner, Restaurant Alter Kranen am Main (only registered participants)

9:00-11:00: Session 4: Forging

  • Honorific ecology: multispecies portraiture of Ren Hang (Ahmet Emin Bülbül, Istanbul)

  • Narrating nature’s multispecies expression (André Krebber, Kassel und Zhonghao Chen, Suzhou)

  • Fitographies. Creating a visual archive of plant-human encounters (Julia Krupa, Warsaw)

  • Green power houses in road construction (Christine Neubert, Hamburg)

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11.30-13.00 Uhr Keynote 2: Making a multispecies fairy-tale library (Mayako Murai, Yokohama)

13.00-13.30 Fitness for unlikely species (Andrea Palasti, Belgrad) - Übungsraum 9

13:30-14:30 Lunch (Mensa)

14:30-16:00 Session 5: Student panel

  • Flowing narratives. Sketches from blasted waterscapes (Chiara Beneduce, Paris) digital

  • Angling for healing: Rebalancing life (Adelia H. Rachman and Setiadi, Yogyakarta)

16.00-17.30 Public transport to Botanical Garden, Julius-von-Sachs-Platz 4

17:30-18:30 Session 6 at Botanical Garden

  • Greening our thumbs: The narrative practice of caring for plants and people (Martin Abbott, Lissette Lorenz and Amy Cheatle, New York)

18:30  Guided tour through the garden

19:30  Enjoying a wonderful summer evening in the Botanical Garden with finger food and wine

9:00-11:00 Session 7: Communicating

  • Learning to notice and love a multispecies world (Maria Ilhéu and Mariana Valente, Lisbon)

  • Narration as embodied practice. Relating plants and illness in times of planetary crisis (Erica Monde, Edinburgh) digital

  • Like shivers through an immense body: the interspecies promise (and risk) of vibrational narratives (Ally Bisshop, Brisbane) digital

  • Snakes, Scorpions and Lice: Metaphors of Life, Death and Liminality in the South Indian Oral Narrative of Mantesvami. (Pauline Schuster-Löhlau, Würzburg)

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11.30-13.30 Session 8: Protecting

  • Civet survival stories: narratives from an endangered species captive breeding program (Jes Hooper, Exeter)

  • Beyond sowing grass -- Tibetan herders’ effort to restore degrading grassland (Siran Liang, Braunschweig)

  • Parrot People. A multispecies story of the conviviality of African grey parrots and people (Ute Hörner, Mathias Antlfinger, Köln and Vanessa Wijngaarden, Johannesburg)

  • Storying extinction in multispecies worlds: monarchs and milkweed (Eline D. Tabak, Bristol)

13:30-14:30 Sandwiches in the Conference Rooms

14.30-16:30 Session 9: Speculating

  • Narrating multispecies assemblages in the polyphony nature-culture: Stories of Brazil (Fernanda Haskel, São Paulo)

  • Playing the plant: Speculative fabulations in more-than-human sensoria (Siobhan Leddy, Berlin)

Tracing, expressing and asserting multivocality in the multispecies world: Concluding remarks (Regina F. Bendix, Göttingen)