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Insects According to Sibylla Maria Merian (1647-1717)

Maria Sibylla Merian Image

André Krebber, visiting scholar from the University of Kassel will be hosting a workshop to discuss German naturalist and artist Maria Sibylla Merian’s life and work (1647-1717) by focusing on a short text she wrote on green cabbage and caterpillars; some of her exquisite life-size studies of insects and the plants that sustained them; and feminist scholar Viktoria Schmidt-Linsenhoff’s essay on Merian’s accomplishments as viewed from within the framework of science’s history and the role of aesthetics in this naturalist’s work.

Access to the readings / images will be possible by ways of contacting Dr Cecilia Novero c/o German Programme at:;

The workshop is open to all interested parties: students, staff, and members of the broader community. The workshop caters to all those who have an interest in, among other fields, art and aesthetics, critical theory, the history of science, women’s history, feminist and gender theory, animal and environmental studies, as well as to anyone who may be curious about the topic and may wish to share his or her informed opinions and passions about entomology and / or art.

Date Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Time 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Audience Public
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Seminar
Master Class
Open Seminar
DepartmentLanguages and Cultures, German Programme
LocationBurns 7, Arts Building
Contact NameAndré Krebber, Cecilia Novero

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