"Scienta and Biós in American Ecopoetry and Science Fiction (AT)."
Kontaktadresse an der Universität Würzburg:
Lehrstuhl für Amerikanistik
Erstbetreuerin: Frau Prof. Dr. Catrin Gersdorf
Klasse in der Graduiertenschule: "Philosophie, Sprachen, Künste"
Promotion in der Graduiertenschule ab SS 2019.
My dissertation project focusses on the role of scienta and biós in American ecopoetry and science fiction. The analysis of selected primary texts (including, among others, the contemporary ecopoetry of Rita Wong and Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis trilogy) will be embedded in a discussion of Isabelle Stenger’s plea for a “slow science” and will be linked to a reflection on theoretical concepts of biós, life itself. These concepts include Foucault’s and Agamben’s understanding of biopolitics as well as Andreas Weber’s idea of “Enlivenement” and Stephen Collis’ notion of “Biotariat.” Overall, I will analyze how the meaning and status of (human) life and knowledge is narrated in the chosen primary readings. I claim that the texts question the validity of what qualifies as scienta and provide countermodels to anthropocentric structures in the knowledge economy of Western societies. Furthermore, I will scrutinize the role of hard sciences—such as findings in biology and genetic engineering—in the construction of the images of bíos presented in the texts.