Embracing the Loss of Nature: Searching for Responsibility in an Age of Crisis


  • Jaime Elizabeth Hyatt Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena
  • Florian Wagner Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena




Introduction to the Thematic Issue.

Author Biographies

Jaime Elizabeth Hyatt, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena

Jaime Hyatt is a PhD candidate at the Department of American Studies at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, where she received her M.A. in English and American Studies. Her dissertation project has the working title, "Tree Activism in Contemporary North American Literature: Politicizing the Environment of the Pacific Northwest." She also holds a position as a research associate at the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena, an Institute of Advanced Studies with the thematic focus on the history, culture, and societies of twentieth-century Eastern Europe. She has served as the in-house English-language editor of the Imre Kertész Kolleg’s publications since August 2015. With a background in continental philosophy, her main area of interest, broadly speaking, is the intersection of literature, philosophy, and the environment, with a particular emphasis on ecocriticism, eco-activism, environmental ethics, social justice theory, and feminist theory.

Florian Wagner, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Florian Wagner is a research associate at the Institute for English and American Studies at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, where he completed his M.A. in North American Studies in 2018. He is currently writing his PhD thesis entitled “Revisiting the Environmental Imagination” (working title) in which he is reading contemporary Canadian (eco-)poetry through a planetary lens. His main areas of interest are ecocriticism, the Anthropocene concept in literature and culture, Marxist criticism, and critical theory. He has worked on the species-being concept, Ernst Bloch’s utopian imaginary in the Anthropocene, as well as on hauntology and lost futures.




How to Cite

Hyatt, Jaime Elizabeth, and Florian Wagner. “Embracing the Loss of Nature: Searching for Responsibility in an Age of Crisis”. Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, vol. 22, no. 1, June 2021, pp. 1-7, doi:10.5283/copas.352.