For FAU members and locals from Erlangen-Nürnberg visits of parallel sessions and panels are possible without prior registration and free of charge.


Wednesday, 17.05, 6 pm – informal conference get-together in the Franconian brewery Steinbachbräu
Steinbach Bräu Erlangen
Vierzigmannstr. 4, 91054 Erlangen
Tel.: 09131 / 89 59 – 12


Thursday, May 18 / 2023

9:00-9:30 – Room:  Orangerie, Wassersaal

Opening Session:  Aura Heydenreich, Klaus Mecke

9:30 – 10:30 Key-Note: Roman Frigg (Philosophy of Science, London School of Economics and Political Science): Red Squares and Bouncing Balls – From Art to Science and Back Again

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break (Orangerie, Foyer)

10:45-12:15       Chair: Aura Heydenreich    Room:  Orangerie

Michael Friedman (History and Philosophy of Science, University of Tel Aviv)

Karin Krauthausen (Literature and Cultural Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin): Model and Mathematics at the End of the 19th Century: between Materiality and Representation   –> Stream A

Michael Herrmann (Philosophy of Computational Sciences, Universität Stuttgart): Making Sense of Methodological Disagreement within Machine Learning     –> Stream B

Liliane Campos (English Studies, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle) : Microcosms as Models and Metaphors in Contemporary Eco-Fiction –> Stream C

12:15 – 12:45   Art & Science Exhibition / Presentation  

                          Chair: Klaus Mecke     Room:  Orangerie

Thomas Asmuth (Digital & New Media Art, University of West Florida) and Sara Gevurtz (Animation, Auburn University): Turbidity Paintings


12 :45 – 14 :00 Lunch break

14:00-15:30    Chair:     Karin Höpker   Room:  Orangerie

14:00 – 15:00 Key-Note: Winfried Menninghaus (Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt a. M.): More order and more chaos combined: Poetic diction and its effects on cognitive and aesthetic processing

15:00 – 15.30 David Hommen (Philosophy, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf): Models, Metaphors, Metaphysics – A Wittgensteinian Approach to Knowledge in Art, Philosophy, and Science

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break (Orangerie, Foyer)


16:00-18:00  STREAM A  Epistemology and Aesthetics: Materiality and Models

                      Chair: David Hommen    Room:  Orangerie

Danka Radjenović (Philosophy, University of Kaiserslautern-Landau): (How) Do Models Exemplify? Some Thoughts on Wet Lab Models in the Life Sciences

Jasmin Trächtler (Philosophy, Technical University Dortmund) The Problem of Negation in Visual Models

Mariano Martín Villuendas (Philosophy, University of Salamanca): Conceptualizing a Pragmatist Artifactualism

Lorenzo Sartori (Philosophy of Science, London School of Economics and Political Science):  Model Organisms as Representations


16:00-18:00  STREAM B  Brains and Computers: Digitization and Simulations

                      Chair: Sebastian Lemerle      Room:  Kollegienhaus  1.011  (Senatssaal)

Nicole Brandstetter (English Studies, University of Applied Sciences Munich): Simulation, Duplication and the Moebius Strip – LiteraryThought Experiments on Disengagement of Space, Time and Identity in Times of Digitalisation and AI

Naomi Mandel (American Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem): Hacking as Literary and Technological Reciprocity

Iman Ferestade (Mechanical Engineering, Simon Fraser University Burnaby, Canada): An Engineering-Inspired Account of Knowledge (Computer simulations)

Liam Mullally (Cultural studies, University of London): Reading JPEG: The JPEG-1 Specification as a Key Text in the Production of Digital Photographic Images?


16:00-18:00  STREAM C  Environment and Society:  Ecosystems

                      Chair: Liliane Campos            Room:  Kollegienhaus 1.020

Matthew Eisler (History, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow): Green Discourse, the Energy/Materials Ecosystem, and Technologies of Environmental Care

Konrad Kopel:  (History and Cultural Theory, University of Silesia, Katowice): Models of worlding. An analysis of the first Polish Handbook of Modern Forestry as a Vehicle for Environmentality

Teun Joshua Brandt (Literary Studies, University of Groningen): The Holobiontic Figure: Cultural Complexities of Holobiosis in Joan Slonczewski’s Brain Plague

18:00   Art & Science Exhibition / Presentation      

Chair: Christine McWebb            Room:  Orangerie

Szilvia Ruszev (Media and Communication, Bornemouth University): Neuro-Avantgarde

Friday, May 19 / 2023

9:00-10:30      ELINAS-PANEL

                          Chair: Dirk Vanderbeke          Room: Orangerie

Jay Labinger (Chemistry, California Institute of Technology) – Is the Importance of Metaphor, Models and Simulations in Science Best Exemplified by Chemistry?

Klaus Mecke (Physics, University Erlangen-Nürnberg): Narratives of Measurements, Models, and Events: How does Physics Work as an Empirical Science?

Aura Heydenreich (German and Comparative Studies, University Erlangen-Nürnberg): The Epistemic Functions of Interformation in Science and Literature: Einstein’s Relativity Theory as a Case Study


10:30 – 11:00 Uhr Coffee break (Foyer Orangerie)



                      Chair:  Dirk Vanderbeke        Room:  Orangerie

Sarah Goeth (German Literature, Innsbruck University): Analogy – A Figure of Mediation between Science and Art

Leonhard Möckl (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen): On the Logical Position of the Hypothesis

Peter Hull (English Studies, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg; Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light): Liberating energy. Investigating Physicists’ Use of Anthropomorphic Cognitive Metaphors when Modeling Matter-Energy Interactions in English and German


11:00-13:00   STREAM A Epistemology and Aesthetics:  Aesthetics and Science

                    Chair:  Michael Friedman           Room:  Kollegienhaus 1.011  (Senatssaal)

Christine McWebb (French Studies, University of Waterloo): Medieval Alchemy as Metaphoric Modelling for Polysemy in Jean de Meun’s “Roman de la Rose”

Jessica Stacey (Romance Studies, Freie Universität Berlin): „Illusory chemistry“: Analysis and Synthesis as Contested Models for Philosophical Thought in Eighteenth-Century France

Emma de Beus: (English Literature, Queen’s University Belfast) Physics as Paradigm: Light in Literary Adaptation as Seen in „Hamlet“

Ben Toth (Philosophy of Science, University of Lisbon): A Common Model for Fictional and Scientific Narratives


11:00-13:00   STREAM B  Brains and Computers: Digital Humanities

                      Chair: Michael Herrmann    Room:  Kollegienhaus 1.020

Carolina Ferrer (Département d’études littéraires, Université du Québec à Montréal):  From Scientometrics to Criticometrics. Elaborating a Systemic Approach for Studying Literature through Metadata

Rozalia Slodcyk (Philosophy, Independent Scholar, Warsaw, Poland) – Models and Diagrams in Literary Research – Close Reading versus Distant Reading in Digital Humanities on the Example of Ekphrasis and Nocturne

Daniel Raschke (Literature, Media, Culture, Florida State University): Denoising Futurisms: Modeling Algorithmic Avant-Gardes

Stefano Franceschini (American Literature, Roma Tre University): “I had found my model of replication”: Analogy and Musical Signification in Richard Powers’s “The Gold Bug Variations”

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00-15:00      Chair:     Klaus Mecke        Room:  Orangerie

Keynote: Amy Kind (Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College, California): Accuracy in Imagining

15:00 – 15:30 Robert Clewis (Philosophy, Gwynedd Mercy University, Pennsylvania): Imagine that, Kant: Crossdisciplinary work on Awe and the Sublime 


15:30 – 16:00 Uhr Coffee break (Foyer Orangerie)

16:00-18:00  Panel – Literary Modelling and Energy Transition

                      Chair:    Klaus Mecke         Room:  Orangerie

Veit Hagenmeyer (Energy Informatics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology): Modelling the Energy Lab 2.0

Tobias Becker (Design and Design Theory, University of Siegen):  The Blind Spots of Modelling: Models in Arts and Science

Eric Achermann (Early Modern Literature, History of Knowledge, University of Münster): Models and Metaphors: A Topological Turn

Robert Matthias Erdbeer (Modern German Literature, University of Münster): Literary Modelling and Energy Transition. A Transdisciplinary Venture


16:00-18:00  STREAM B Brains and Computers: Consciousness

        Chair: Nicole Brandstetter             Room:  Kollegienhaus  1.011  (Senatssaal)

Sébastien Lemerle (Sociology, Université Paris-Nanterre): Biological Phenomena in Search of a Meaning: The Concept of Brain Plasticity as a Back-and-Forth Between Biology, Politics and Culture

Katharina Trettenbach (Ethics of Medicine, Tübingen University) / Joachim Peters (German Linguistics, University Erlangen-Nürnberg): Of Brains in a Dish and Mini-Brains – Cerebral Organoids, Scientific Models and the Ethical Implications of Metaphors

Dror, Otniel E. (Medical Anthropology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem): The Insatiable Rat


16:00-18:00 STREAM C Environment and Society:  Evolution and Probability

                      Chair:   Robert Clewis          Room:  Kollegienhaus 1.020

Johannes Müller (German Studies, Leiden University): Adaptive Landscapes as Metaphors and Models

Lilian Kroth (French Literature, University of Cambridge): Modelling and Imagining ‘Tipping Points’

Ken Archer (Philosophy, AI Ethics at Twitch): Probability and the Analogical Participation of Models in Intersubjective Goods

Joshua Wodak (Environmental Humanities, Western Sydney University): Probing the Vicissitudes of the Cosmos: The Limits of Knowability in Literary and Scientific Worldviews


18:00   Art & Science Exhibition / Presentation    

Chair:   Hannah Star Rogers      Room:  Orangerie

Piera Benetti (Verona, Italy): Interwined vision


19:00 Conference dinner: Ristorante Parmigiano, Paulistraße 12, Erlangen


Saturday, May 20 / 23

9:00-10:30      Chair:    Aura Heydenreich    Room:  Kollegienhaus 1.011  (Senatssaal)

9:00 – 10:00 Key-Note Jens Eder (Narrative and Aesthetics of Audiovisual Media at Film University Babelsberg, Potsdam): Using Models in Narrative Practice: From Characters to Social Impact

10:00 – 10:30 Tudor Baetu (Philosophy, Québec University): Animal Models of Consciousness

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break (Kollegienhaus, Room 0.024)

11:00-12:30  PANEL: Literature and the Public Sphere

                      Chair:   Antonia Villinger       Room:  Kollegienhaus  1.011  (Senatssaal)

Antje Kley (American Studies, University Erlangen-Nürnberg): Where Reason Fails: Literary Epistemologies of Death in the 21st Century

Karin Höpker (American Studies, University Erlangen-Nürnberg): Future Responsibilities and Affordances: Class, Catastrophe, and Ownership in Science Fiction

Arunima Kundu (American Studies, University Erlangen-Nürnberg): Mediating Blackness. The Afrofuturist Planetary Posthuman in Black Panther


11:00-12:30  STREAM A Epistemology and Aesthetics: Scientific Representation

                      Chair:   Karin Krauthausen       Room:  Kollegienhaus 1.019

Onerva Kiianlinna (Aesthetics, University of Helsinki): Simulationalist versus Embodied Approaches in Aesthetics

Gabrielle Reid (German Literature, Yale University): Schelling on Simulation and the Construction of Reality

Rosa Coppola (German Literature, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, LMU Munich): Artificial Models of Involuntariness. Max Bense’s Cybernetic Poetry as Epistemic Creation of Futures?


11:00-12:30  STREAM B  Brains and Computers: Biomedicine

                      Chair: Tudor Baetu            Room:  Kollegienhaus 1.020

Desiree Foerster (Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University): New Phenomenologies of Pain and Disease through Experimentations with Digital Technologies in the Arts

Sofia Varino (Cultural Studies, University of Potsdam): The Logic of Prevention: Anticipatory Narratives, Concepts, Models and Metaphors in Covid-19 Biomedical Imaginaries

Mohsen Forghani (Philosophy, University of Warsaw): Force-Dynamic Structure: Cases of Theories of Humor and Hysteria

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch-break

14:00-15:30  PANEL: Literature and the Public Sphere

                      Chair:    Karin Höpker     Room:  Kollegienhaus  1.011  (Senatssaal)

Ruxandra Teodorescu (American Studies, University Erlangen-Nürnberg): Beyond Binary – AI, SF, and the Moral Imagination

Antonia Villinger (German Literature, University Erlangen-Nürnberg): Post-Petro Imaginary and Utopian Social Enclave in Theresia Enzenberger’s “Auf See” (2022)

Elisabeth Reichel (American Studies, Osnabrück University): Modeling Libertarian Collectives


14:00-15:30  STREAM A Epistemology and Aesthetics: Metaphor and Analogy

                      Chair:  Peter Hull           Room:  Kollegienhaus 1.019

Addison Neil (British Literature, Japan Women’s University, Tokio):  Industrial Metaphor Transformed in Charles Dickens’s “Dombey and Son” (1848) and “The Signal-Man” (1866).

Su Min Kim (College of Liberal Studies, Seoul National University): The Political Calculator in Jules Verne’s „Lunar Stories“

Katja Schmieder (American Studies, University of Leipzig): Dust as Metaphor and Model in Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials”


14:00-15:30  STREAM B Brains and Computers: Neural Nets, Machine Learning, AI

                      Chair: Daniel Raschke            Room:  Kollegienhaus 1.020

Lucas Bang (Computer Science, Harvey Mudd College, California): Abstractionism and Simulation in Software Development

Koray Karaca (Philosophy, University of Twente): Representational Requirements on Explainable Machine Learning Models

Maximilian Noichl (Philosophy, University of Vienna / University of Bamberg): How Localized are Computational Templates? A Machine Learning Approach


15:30 – 16:00 Uhr Coffee break (Kollegienhaus, Room 0.024)

16:00-17:30  STREAM A: Epistemology and Aesthetics: Metaphor and Analogy

                      Chair:  Sarah Goeth           Room:  Kollegienhaus 1.011  (Senatssaal)

Marie Teich (Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik in den Naturwissenschaften, Leipzig):  A Metaphor Theory based on Etymological Network Structure Analysis

Lee Siyeon (English Studies, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea): Through the Looking-Glass, and What Women Found There. Conway, Cavendish, and Specular Metaphors of Self-Knowledge for Early Modern Women


17:30 – 19:00 Uhr ONLINE SESSION

                      Chair:    Sarah Goeth           Room:  Kollegienhaus  1.011  (Senatssaal)

Olga Timurgalieva (Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong): Yeast metaphors beyond machines 

Aditya Jha (Mathematics, Philosophy, University of Canterbury): Modelling Temperature as a Continuous Function: Lessons from Thermal Physics

Anand Abhinav (English Literature, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India) – “Literature” of Science: Reading Science as an Institutionalised System of Knowledge in Contemporary Indian Fiction


16:00-17:30  STREAM B: Brains and Computers: Posthuman Visions

                      Chair:  Naomi Mandel           Room:  Kollegienhaus 1.019

Simona Bartolotta (English Literature, University of Oxford): Thought Experiments, Literary Narrative, and Science Fiction: The Example of Isaac Asimov’s Robot Cycle

Terence Shih (English Studies, St. John’s University, Taiwan): Queering Romantic AI: The Shelleyan Wandering Jew in Asimov’s Bicentennial Man

Rachel Tay (Literary Studies, Duke University): Next to Human: Proximity and/as Measure of (Post)Humanity


16:00-17:30  STREAM C Environment and Society: Science and Literature

                      Chair:    Valentin Weber         Room:  Kollegienhaus  1.020

Christian Thomé (Classical Philology, University of Wuppertal): Spherical Geometry in Euclid’s „Phaenomena“

Laetitia Rimpau (German Literature, University of Wuppertal): Scientific Knowledge as Ascent to the Light. On the Literary Method of Dante Alighieri and Johannes Kepler

George Vlahakis (Physics and History of Science, Hellenic Open University, Athens): Patterns of Science in 19th Century Greek literature


19:00 – 19:30 Uhr SLSAeu Members Meeting  1.011  (Senatssaal)


Sunday, May 21 / 23

9:00-11:30      Chair:  Jay Labinger       Room:  Kollegienhaus 1.011  (Senatssaal)

Dirk Vanderbeke (English Studies, Schiller Universität Jena): On the Coincidence of Change in Science and Culture

Stephan Besser (Literary Studies, University of Amsterdam): Conjuring a Sense of Order: Pattern as a Figure of Knowledge in Armin Nassehi’s Theory of Digital Society

Dominik Baumgartner (Theology, LMU München): Theology between Models and Metaphors. A model-based scientific theology facing biblical narratives and personal belief

Roland Bolz (Philosophy, Humboldt University Berlin): Functional Similarities and Differences Between Analogical Thought in Literature and Science

Hannah Star Rogers (Science and Technology Studies, University of Copenhagen): The Politics of Knowledge: Art, Science, and Technology Studies


112:30 – Concluding Session

Aura Heydenreich, Klaus Mecke