Presentation of the Matthes & Seitz Nature Studies series
For five years, the Matthes & Seitz publishing house in Berlin has been publishing works on animals, on plants, on people and landscapes, on nature inhabited and uninhabited, familiar and strange, in its Nature Studies series. The series is as varied and multi-voiced as Matthes & Seitz’s list of nonfiction books, translations of nature writing classics, especially in the Anglo-American tradition, along with their essayistic studies of animals, large-format illustrated books, and poetically encyclopedic cabinets of curiosities like their handbook of bird calls. These Nature Studies are conservative in the truest sense of the word, but also forward-looking. It is a project of capturing and archiving a disappearing world.
The fact the nature has become such a central topic points to its precarious status. Only something that we have estranged ourselves from so deeply could become such a comprehensive for our projections. The German-language publishing landscape has witnessed a veritable boom in nature books. The zoologist and evolutionary biologist JOSEF H. REICHHOLF will discuss with the philosopher and biologist CORD RIECHELMANN the opportunities and risks associated with the hopes and expectations we have of nature writing, as well as the knowledge that can be gained through literary descriptions of nature rather than through scientific studies, ‘nature writing’ as a school for the senses, and not least what nature actually is or will be.
With JOSEF H. REICHHOLF and CORD RIECHELMANN
Moderated by JUDITH SCHALANSKY and Andreas Rötzer