Sonntag 08. - Dienstag 10. Mai 2022

Reimagining the Modern Public Sphere, 1800-2000


Am Montag hält Christopher Busch (Bonn) einen Vortrag mit dem Titel Der Safe space als Produktivitätsregime. Romantik (Alternativmilieu, Gegenwartsliteratur)


Sunday 8th May         (Venue: Buchanan Lecture Theatre, University of St Andrews)

17.15 – 17.30    Seán Allan (St Andrews) & Christian Moser (Bonn) “Introduction”

17.35 – 18.35    Jeffrey High (CSULB), Schiller, Taylor, and the Republican Re-Enchantment of the Social Imaginary.


Monday 9th May       (Venue: School II, St Salvator’s Quad, University of St Andrews)

09.00 – 09.45    Christopher Busch (Bonn): Der Safe space als Produktivitätsregime. Romantik (Alternativmilieu, Gegenwartsliteratur)

09.50 –10.35     Elke Dubbels (Bonn): Briefe aus Paris: Joachim Heinrich Campe über die 'Publicität' der Französischen Revolution

10.40 – 11.25    Marco Weber (Bonn): Die Arbeit an der Nation oder das Urteil der Gemeinschaft – Verhandlungen von Öffentlichkeitskonzeptionen in Lenzens Verteidigung des Herrn W. gegen die Wolken von dem Verfasser der Wolken.

11.25 – 11.45    Coffee

11.45 –-12.25     Matthias Beckonert (St Andrews/Bonn), Der imaginäre Grund des Rechts: Das Vertragsnarrativ in Schillers Verbrecher aus Infamie.

12.30 – 13.15     Elaine Chen (Harvard), “‘Wir sind nicht mehr Individuen, sondern Gattung”: Schiller’s Ästhetische Briefe and the Pursuit of a Multispecies Imaginary for the Twenty-First Century.

13.15 – 14.15     Lunch

14.15 – 15.00     Elisabeth Tilmann (Bonn), Geschrei im Hafen. Die Theaterkritik und das soziale Imaginäre 1870/2011.

15.05 – 15.50     Sarah Gubbins (St Andrews), Fake Views: Gérard de Nerval’s Illusionary Newspaper Correspondence in Les Faux Saulniers.

15.55 – 16.20     Julie Curtet (St Andrews), Gossip, bets, and the role of women at the porous intersection between the public and private spheres: restoring an overshadowed voice in the gentlemen’s clubs of Glasgow from c.1790 to c.1820.

16.20 – 16.45     Coffee

16.45 – 17.30    Karl Clemens Kübler (eikones, Basel): How Did ‘Attention’ Become Something Public? On the possibilities and limitations of a powerful analogy with a focus on Niklas Luhmann’s The Reality of Mass Media

17.35 – 18.20    Patrick Fortmann [online from Chicago = 11.15am] Figurationen des Politischen im Drama des Vormärz.


Tuesday 10th May (School II, St Salvator’s Quad, University of St Andrews)

09.00 – 09.45    Carla Steinbrecher (St Andrews/Bonn), ‘Sozialistische Kunstöffentlichkeit’ and the Interrelation of Arts in the East German Socialist Imaginary of the 1970s.

09.50 – 10.35    Alena Lyons (Tübingen), ‘WELL|COME. Community, the Political Subject, and Public Sphere in/of Fictitious Courtrooms.

10.40 – 11.25    Agnieszka Hudzik (Berlin): Creating Community Imaginaries Through Modernist Literature and Contemporary Art.

11.25 – 11.45    Coffee

11.45 – 12.30    Jorge Estrada (Berlin) The Un-Visible Public Sphere of the destitute in Roberto Bolaño’s fictions. [Online]

12.35 – 13.20    Philipp Sperner (Munich / St Andrews): Friendship Narratives and the Social Imaginary of Postcolonial Democracy in India.

13.20  – 13.30   Sean Allan & Christian Moser (St Andrews/Bonn) Closing remarks


Unless otherwise indicated, all papers will be delivered in-person. The workshop will be in the Buchanan Lecture Theatre (Sunday) and in School II, St Salvator’s Quad (Monday/Tuesday) at the University of St Andrews.

All timings are UK (GMT time). Papers will be delivered in either English or German – the language of the title will be the language in which the paper is presented. However, discussion and questions can be in either English or German

All papers will be live-streamed via MS Teams. The workshop is open to all who wish to attend in person (and there is no charge for either in-person attendance or live-streaming).

Please register with us by 12.00 on Friday 8 May (sa92(at) if you would like to attend either in-person or on-line so we can supply you with a MS Teams link and/or check that we have sufficent room capacity. It is not compulsory to wear a mask under the prevailing Scotgov regulations, but the University encourages the wearing of masks in University buildings out of consideration/respect for those who feel uncomfortable in larger unmasked gatherings.

Organisers: Sean Allan (St Andrews) & Christian Moser (Bonn)

Seán Allan (sa92(at)

Christian Moser (cm2201(at)