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

Workshop 'Science, Narrative, and Stanisław Lem's Fiasco'

Date: 4.-7. June 2015
Location: Astronomical Institute, Bamberg


This four-day workshop will introduce its participants to the interdisciplinary field of literature and science through an intensive immersion into the text of Stanisław Lem’s masterful science-fiction novel 'Fiasco', a cautionary tale about attempted contact with an extraterrestrial civilization. Along with a short syllabus of secondary readings, the workshop will explore Stanisław Lem as science-fiction author, science fiction as a literary genre, Fiasco‘s modes of narrative construction, and Fiasco‘s presentations of physics, cybernetics, information theory, technology, medicine, biology, evolution, anthropology, mythology, sociology, game theory, and systems theory.

Please contact Mike Sinding for registration!

The workshop is also listed in UnivIS (see here).

Leaders: Professor Bruce Clarke, Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Literature and Science, Texas Tech University, with Professor Dirk Vanderbeke, Institut für Anglistik/Amerikanistik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena.