Scholarly Presentations


"'Hurrah for positive science': Walt Whitman versucht die technische Zivilisation zu rühmen"--Heidelberg University, February 7, 1979.


"Das pluralistische Universum: William James und die amerikanische Literatur der Jahrhundertwende"--Mannheim University, January 21, 1980.


"The Riddle: The Poetics of Emily Dickinsons"--University of Basel/ Switzerland, April 24, 1980. [Presented again at Mannheim University, February 3, 1981].


"'We can never surprise nature in a corner': Die Naturdeutung der amerikanischen Transzendentalisten Emerson, Whitman und Dickinson"--Stuttgart University, June 27, 1980.


"'We may be beside ourselves in a sane sense': Emersons und Thoreaus Konzept des doppelten Ich"--Annual Conference, German American Studies Association, Würzburg University, June 6, 1981.


"Making It Cohere: Walt Whitman's Idea of History"--Conference on "History and Fiction" at the John F. Kennedy Institute, Free University, Berlin, June 29, 1981.


"Die kosmische Reise in der amerikanischen Landschaft"--Stuttgart University, December 3, 1981.


"The Machine in the Garden: Poetry and Painting in America, 1820-1860"--Read in Honor of Teut Andreas Riese at Heidelberg University, May 8, 1982. [Presented again at Tübingen University; February 2, 1983; Passau University, November 24, 1984.]


"Implosive Poems: Emersons's Poetics of Approximation"--Symposium in Honor of Alfred Weber, Tübingen University, January 20, 1985.


"Wildnis und Text: Bemerkungen zum Wandel eines amerikanischen The­mas"--Bamberg University, February 26, 1985.


"Power and Degradation: Patterns of Historical Process in the Novels of E.L. Doctorow" – “E.L. Doctorow Symposium" at Heidelberg Uni­versity, June 20, 1985 [organized by Herwig Friedl and Die­ter Schulz].


"Emerson and Nietzsche"--Erlangen University, February 17, 1986. [Pre­sented again at the conference on "Theories of Literary His­tory," Konstanz University, June 5, 1986, and at the Faculty Colloquium, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, September 23, 1986].


"Emerson and Nietzsche: A Survey of Their Relationship"--Harvard Fac­ulty Seminar on the Internationalization of American Literature, Harvard University, October 2, 1986.


"Individualismus und Kollektivismus in der amerikanischen Literatur­geschichte"--Industrie-und Handelskammer Düsseldorf, February 24, 1988.


"Mit Taubenfüssen: Die stille Praesenz Ralph Waldo Emersons im Werk von Friedrich Nietzsche"--Inaugural Lecture, Heinrich-Heine-Universitay, Düsseldorf, November 22, 1988 [Presented again as guest lectures at Heidelberg University, December 8, 1988 and Frankfurt University, January 26, 1989].


"Heilslandschaft mit Eisenbahn: Utopie und Realität in der amerikanischen Dichtung und Landschaftsmalerei des 19. Jahrhunderts"--Lecture at The Open University, Düsseldorf, January 19, 1989.


"Art as Paradigm: Ralph Waldo Emerson, William James, John Dewey"--Annual Conference of the German Association of American Studies, Laufen, May 17, 1989.


"Die französische Revolution in der amerikanischen Literatur der frühen Republik"--Lecture series on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, June 7, 1989.


"Heinrich Heine und Friedrich Nietzsche"--Symposium on the occasion of the naming of Düsseldorf University after Heinrich Heine, June 20, 1989.


"Amerikanische Stadtkultur: New York, Washington, Chicago"--Public lecture, Hilden, June 24, 1989.


"Die Poetik Emily Dickinsons"--Guest lecture Tübingen University, December 18, 1989.


"Der biblische Grund und Hintergrund der literarischen Kultur Amerikas"--Symposium "The Bible as World Literature" sponsored by Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf and Thomas Morus Akademie, Bensberg, May 10, 1990.


"John Dewey und Martin Heidegger: Das Werk der Kunst"--Annual Conference of the German Association of American Studies, Münster, May 22, 1991.


"'The right simple words at the right time': Die Kurzgeschichten von Bobbie Ann Mason"--Guest lecture, Heidelberg University, July 1, 1991.


"Die Wiederentdeckung der Natur: Ursprünge ökologischen Denkens in der amerikanischen Literatur" -- Dies academicus, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, January 22, 1992.


"Was denken die Amerikaner ?"  -- Lecture at the Offene Universitaet Düsseldorf (Open University), January 30, 1992.


"Eine religiöse Kehre: Denken und Dichten im amerikanischen Transzendentalismus von Emerson bis Dickinson." -- Annual Conference of Görres-Gesellschaft, Mannheim University, October 4, 1993


"Die amerikanische Religion" -- Annual Meeting of Freunde und Förderer der Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, November 23, 1993


"The Masks of Proteus: Emerson on the Nature of Poetry and the Poetry of Nature" --International Symposium "Poetics in the Poem", Blaubeuren, June 4, 1994.


"Pragmatismus und Heidegger" -- John F. Kennedy-Institut für Nordamerikastudien, Free University, Berlin, January 25, 1995.


"Gefährdete Paradiese: Amerikanische Landschaftsmalerei im 19. Jahrhundert"-- Jahresversammlung der Steuben-Schurz-Gesellschaft Düsseldorf, February 1, 1995.


"Art and Culture as Emerging Events: Gertrude Stein, Pragmatism and Process Philosophy" -- Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium: University of California at Davis - Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf September 18-20, 1995


"Picassos Gertrude Stein - Gertrude Steins Picasso" -- Annual Conference of Görres-Gesellschaft, Dresden University, September 25, 1995


"Philosophie des Pragmatismus in Amerika" -- Hamburg University, January 9, 1996


"The World as Fact, the World as Event: Varieties of Modernist Thinking in William James, Henri Bergson, and John Dewey" -- International Conference "Transatlantic Modernism" Hamburg University, October 1997


"Thinking in Search of a Language: Pragmatism and the Muted Middle Voice" -- International Conference: Transcendentalism and Pragmatism, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt, July 17, 1998


"Jonathan Edwards und das Great Awakening: Das kritische Potential eines unzeitgemässen Denkens" -- Hamburg University, January 26, 1999.


"Das Andere des Wachbewusstseins: Gustav Theodor Fechner und William James" -- Interdisciplinary Conference 100 Jahre Freudsche Traumdeutung Düsseldorf, November 19, 1999.


"Ralph Waldo Emerson und die Erosion der Metaphysik" -- Annual Conference of Görres-Gesellschaft, Catholic University Eichstätt, September 25, 2000.


"Ralph Waldo Emerson und die Erosion der Metaphysik" -- Hamburg University, November 7, 2000.


"Die Zukunft der frühesten Vergangenheit: Emerson und die Vorsokratiker" -- Symposium on the occasion of the 60th birthday of Dieter Schulz, Rurpecht-Karl-University, Heidelberg, January 7, 2003.


"Ralph Waldo Emerson und die Vorsokratiker: Die Zukunft der frühesten Vergangenheit" -- Convegno  Internazionale di Studi Homo ex machina: storia, cultura, societa e le innovazione technologiche, University of Naples Federico II,  October, 16-17, 2003.


"Emerson on Manners"  -- Internantional Conference: Civilizing America, Ruprecht-Karl-University, Heidelberg, June 24-26, 2004.


"Resisting Hegel: Heinrich Ritter, Emerson, and Heraclitus." -- Conference on The German Presence in the USA. University of Bielefeld, October 24, 2004.


"Proper Ways of Thinking Modernism: The Amiable Disagreements of William James and Henri Bergson" -- Annual Conference of the German Association of American Studies, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt, May 2005.


"Auflehnung gegen Hegel: Heinrich Ritter, Emerson und Heraklit" --  University La Sapienza, Rome, December 2, 2005.


"Der amerikanische Pragmatismus als fröhliche Wissenschaft" -- Abschiedsvorlesung (Farewell Lecture)  Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, January 29, 2008.


"William James vs. Charles Taylor: Philosophy of Religion and the Confines of the Social and Cultural Imaginaries" -- International Conference: Imagining Culture: Norms and Forms of of Public Discourse in America, John F. Kennedy Institute, Free University, Berlin, June 26-28, 2009


"Outside the Field: Emerson’s Transcendentalist Vision of the Thinker” -- International Conference: Modernization and Intellectual Authority in US Literary Culture 1750-1900, Ruprecht-Karl-University, Heidelberg, July 2-5, 2009.


“The Order of Things and the Economic Order: Aspects of the Transcendentalist Vision" -- Symposium in Honor of Professor Christa Buschendorf on the Occasion of Her 60th Birthday, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt, December 17, 2009


"Out of Bounds: American Visions of the Thinker and of Thinking" -- W.E. B. DuBois Lecture, Humboldt University, Berlin, January 12, 2010


"The Order of Things and the Economic Order: Emerson and the Idea of 'laissez faire'" -- Annual Conference of the German Association of American Studies: Humboldt University Berlin, May 29, 2010.


"The Ontology of William James: Thinking in Images and the Images of Thinking"  --International Conference Revisiting Pragmatism: William James in the 21st Century, Hamburg University, June 24-26, 2010.


"Amerikanisches Denken: Eine Annäherung an den Pragmatismus." -- Inaugural Lecture Studium Universale, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, May 22, 2013.


"Ralph Waldo Emerson and William James: Radical Ontological Skepticism and the Beginnings of Modernist Thinking." -- Mannheim University, May 29, 2013.