22 May
23 May

Un/Common: Forms of the Commons in Literature and Culture.


22 May 2024 - 23 May 2024


Center for Advanced Studies Seestr. 13 80802 Munich

Workshop led by Dr. Cord-Christian Casper (CAS Researcher in Residence/LMU)

How does literary form shape our understanding of the commons – the shared environments and resources that belong to everyone? This workshop will examine how different literary genres and forms engage with the political, legal, economic, and rhetorical aspects of the commons. We will explore the formal equivalents to the commons and investigate the concepts of community and broader nonhuman nature they convey. The objective of the workshop is to investigate how literature portrays access to and distribution of natural resources. At the same time, we will delve into literary accounts of the ‘uncommon’ challenges and threats to the commons, such as privatisation, enclosure, tragedy, and extinction.

Participants include: Zeno Ackermann (Würzburg), Liza Bauer (Gießen), Julia Boll (Konstanz), Marlene Dierschauer (Hamburg), Harald Pittel (Leipzig), Mark Schmitt (Dortmund), Jos Smith (Exeter), Mary Ann Snyder-Körber (Würzburg)

Cord-Christian Casper is CAS Researcher in Residence during the summer semester 2024.


Registration is required for participation. If you are interested in our event, please contact us: info@cas.lmu.de