Passenger ship (probably MS Skaubryn) of the International Refugee Organization, between 1947 and 1952 

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

9.30-10 am   Welcome – Helga Schreckenberger (President of the North American Society for Exile Studies, University of Burlington / Vermont)

Opening remarks – Swen Steinberg (Queen’s University, Kingston, and Carleton University, Ottawa / Ontario)

10-11 am                Environmental Representations in Exile Writing 1

Thomas F. Schneider (Remarque Center for Peace, Osnabrück): Hades, Lethe or Locus amoenus: The role of nature in Erich Maria Remarque‘s writings on European Exile

Helga Schreckenberger (University of Burlington / Vermont): Channeling the American Pioneer: Alice Herdan-Zuckmayer’s Die Farm in den Grünen Bergen / The Farm in the Green Mountains

11-11.15 am           Break

11.15-12.15 pm       Environmental Representations in Exile Writing 2

Werner Nell (University of Halle): Relations to and the Impact of Nature in Critical Views on Modernity from Exile: Siegfried Kracauer and Albert Salomon

Jörg Thunecke (New York): Deadly volcanic activities on Sicily: Hermynia Zur Mühlen’s anti-Fascist novel Er heiratet nicht für Geld / He does not Marry for Money (1932/33)

12.15-12.30 pm       Break

12.30-13:30 pm       Exile Reflections of Environments between Identity and Attribution

Kirsten Krick-Aigner (Wofford College / South Carolina): Exile and the Longing for Heimat in the Representation of the Natural World in Bettina Bauer-Ehrlich’s Children’s Books

Margit Franz (Karl Franzens University Graz): “There, Where the Pepper Grows.” From exoticizing descriptions to practical implementations in Asian and African exile countries

13.30 pm                End of day 1

13.45-15 pm           Business Meeting of the North American Society for Exile Studies (optional / for members)


Friday, September 24, 2021

9.30-11 am             Refugees, Knowledge and Nature in Canada

Martin Bemmann (University of Freiburg): The Unlikely Career of Leon J. Koerner: Transcontinental Transfers of Economic and Environmental Knowledge as Key to Entrepreneurial Success and Societal Integration, 1938/39-1955

Swen Steinberg (Queen’s University, Kingston, and Carleton University, Ottawa / Ontario): Knowledge in Flight? Hungarian Foresters, the Uprising in 1956 and the Sopron Forest School at UBC Vancouver

Amanda Leslie / Asher Goldstein (University of Edinburgh / Linköping universitet): Naturalizing citizenship: Canada’s national parks and the promotion of imaginaries of citizenship on Indigenous land

11-11.15 am           Break

11.15-12.45 pm       Exile as Environmental Experience

Natalie Eppelsheimer (Middlebury College / Vermont): Of Droughts, Diseases, and Safaris: German Exiles as Farmers in Kenya

Reinhard Andress (Loyola University Chicago): The Halo of the Jungle: Narrating the Exile Experience of the Aron Family in Ecuador

Marlen Eckl (Hofheim/Ts.): “Europe in the jungle.” The agricultural settlement of Rolândia, a place of refuge in the interior of Brazil

12.45 pm                End of day 2


Saturday, September 25, 2021

9.30-11 am             Individual Perspectives on Environments of Exile

Jacqueline Vansant (University of Michigan-Dearborn): “Freilich ist das Leben hier absolut kein leichtes, aber … ”: A Youth‘s Reflections on Exile, Emigration, and the Environment in the Middle East, 1939-1943

Hadwig Kraeutler (Vienna): Engaging (with) environments: Some essentials. The museologist, writer, art historian Alma S. Wittlin (b. Lviv/Ukraine, 1899; d. Palo Alto/CA, 1991)

Zlata F. Phillips (New York State University at Albany): Monkey Business: Paddling the Amazon, Pedaling in France to Spanish border, and Publishing for children around the world

11-11.15 am           Break

11.15-12.15 pm       Expellees and Deportees in New Environments

Avi Sharma (Technical University of Berlin): Our homes were “cold as an ice-block” and “hot as an oven”. On the seasonal experience of displacement in refugee camps in Germany and India ca. 1945/50

Hilla Peled-Shapira (Bar-Ilan University, Israel): Between Moscow and Baghdad: Climate and the Image of the City in the Works of Iraqi Writers in Exile

12.15-12.30 pm       Conclusion

12.30 pm                End of conference / get together

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