Conference: “Romanticism today: Realism, Nature, and Existence in Romantic Philosophy” (Aarhus, 30 March-1 April, 2022

We are glad to give notice of the conference Romanticism today: Realism, Nature, and Existence in Romantic Philosophy, which will take place in Aarhus (Aarhus University, Conference Centre, Meeting room 2, Frederik Nielsens Vej 2-4, 8000 Aarhus C) on March 30th-April 1st, 2022.

To register please visit this link by March 24th.

Below you can find the general presentation of the event and the program.


Romantic thought marks a turning point in the history of modern culture as it paved the way for ideas that continue to deeply influence our perception of the world and ourselves. By introducing and interconnecting two groundbreaking topics on the intellectual agenda, organic nature and existence, it generated super trends such as naturalism, existentialism, and postmodern aestheticism, that still dominate debates on all aspects of societal life.
However, a growing discontent with these cultural trends makes itself still louder as they seem to nullify human aspirations and lead to a feeling of world loss. As a reaction, an outspoken hunger for meaning and reality becomes more and more visible in our present day.
The main claim of the conference is that romantic thought not only permitted the maladies of modern society and culture but also contains a strong potential for remedy. By insisting on the realist ambitions in romantic thought, so often neglected in the reception, the conference aims at presenting romanticism as a novel way of thinking about nature, the self and their interrelations.


Wednesday, March 30

15:00-16:00 Registration and Coffee

16:00-16:30 Prof. Dr Anders Moe Rasmussen & Dr Jesper Lundsfryd Rasmussen, Welcome and Opening of the Conference

16:30-17:45 Prof. Dr. Dalia Nassar (Sydney, Australia), Romantic Empiricism

18:00-19:00 Reception


Thursday, March 31

10:00-10:30 Coffee

10:30-12:30 Critique & Existence

10:30-11:30 Dr Stefan Schick (Regensburg, Germany), Un-Philosophy or Poetry? – Jacobi and the Early Romantics on How to Grasp Life

11:30-12:30 Dr. Markus Kleinert (Erfurt & Göttingen, Germany), At the Limits of Life and Dream. On Jean Paul’s Later Works

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:00 Life and Nature

14:00-15:00 Prof. Dr. Lore Hühn (Freiburg, Germany), Novalis & Fichte

15:00-16:00 Prof. Dr. Christian Benne (Copenhagen, Denmark), De-Naturalizing Nature. On Friedrich Schlegel

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-17:30 Life and Nature (continued)

16:30-17:30 Prof. Dr. Violetta Waibel (Wien, Austria), Hölderlin’s Notion of Human Nature: Balance and Tension between Harmony, Wilderness and Creative Spirit

19:00-22:00 Conference Dinner


Friday, April 1

10:00-10:30 Coffee

10:30 – 12:30 Existence, Life, and Nature

10:30-11:30, Dr. Jesper Lundsfryd Rasmussen (Freiburg, Germany), In the Middle of Life. On the Way to a True History of Nature with Henrik Steffens

11:30-12:30 Prof. Dr. Kristin Gjesdal (Pennsylvania, USA), Nature, Poetry, and Politics in Karoline von Günderrode and Bettina Brentano von Arnim

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 16:15 Existence, Life, and Nature (continued)

14:00-15:00 Prof. Dr. Anders Moe Rasmussen (Aarhus, Denmark), Unveiling Existence. The Beginning of Existential Philosophy in Jacobi, Fichte and Kierkegaard

15:00-16:15 Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rosa (Erfurt, Germany), Incantation and Agency Beyond the Human: On the Comeback of Romantic Perceptions and Conceptions in Contemporary Though

16:15-16:30 Conclusion

For further information please visit the website of the event.
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