Contact Address:
Prof. Dr. Klaus Mecke
Institut für Theoretische Physik
Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Staudtstraße 7
91058 Erlangen
Phone: +49-9131-85 28441
Fax: +49-9131-85 28444

Contact Address:
Dr. Aura Heydenreich
Germanistik und Komparatistik
Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Bismarckstraße 1b
91054 Erlangen
Phone: +49-9131-85 22978

A Forum for Dialogues

Can physics be poetized? Is there a rhetoric of physics? Physics and literature represent two diametrically opposed ways of viewing the world. In combination they could develop a productive potential. At present however, no institutionalised dialogue exists.

The interdisciplinary research-centre ELINAS aims at creating an institutionalised infrastructure for research, dedicated to the reciprocal transfer of knowledge between physics and literature. The center is concerned with the importance of language and metaphors in physical research as well as with discursive and narrative modulations of scientific theories in literary texts.


Writing the Heavens International Conference: "Writing the Heavens" – Celestial Observations in Literature, 800–1800
OCtober 07-09, 2021 – Aula of Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen (Germany)
This interdisciplinary conference seeks to establish and facilitate a dialogue between literary studies, astronomy (and physics more generally), and the history of science. The convenors invite papers on medieval and early modern ‘literature’ of celestial observation in a broad sense, ranging from what would today be deemed ‘fictional’ to ‘non-fictional’ writings, from scholarly works to popular genres.
[Link to the Conference Website]
Call for Papers Call for Participation: SLSA Europe 2019 Conference on 'SpaceTime'
The SLSAeu Conference 2019 is centered on SpaceTime, a theme open to various multidisciplinary approaches from scientific, literary and artistic perspectives. The conference takes place in Athens from June 25 - 28, 2019. The Deadline for submitting proposals is 31 January, 2019
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EAM Ausschreibung EAM Science Meets Fiction: Literary Competition and Art Exhibition
Deadline: 15.6.2017; Exhibition and Event: Mid of September until end of Oktober 2017. [click here for further information]
NCS Symposium 21.-23.10.16, Symposium: Narrative, Cognition & Science Lab
The symposium takes place at the Orangerie in Erlangen. [more]
Lavinia Greenlaw 21.10.16, Reading: Lavinia Greenlaw
The author Lavinia Greenlaw from London will read from her oeuvre within the course of the symposium "Narrative, Cognition & Science Lab". The reading is titled "Unstable Regions". [more]
Lavinia Greenlaw 12.8.16, Release of the literary magazine "Seitenstechen #2: Dunkle Energie":
In 2016, the publishing house homunculus invited writers to hand in literature that concerned the topic dark energy. The publishing house picked out texts that appeared to be the most ambitious texts of 150 that were sent in and arranged them along with cosmological texts (Lukrez, Dante, Byron, Poe, Galilei, Einstein, Lemaitre) in a literary magazine with the same name (Seitenstechen), which also features texts by Durs Grünbein, Raoul Schrott, Ulrike Draesner. The magazine has been published recently and we would like to inform you about it. [more]

ELINAS founded and publishes a book series at De Gruyter:

Look at the online version of the fourth newsletter of ELINAS.