Programme 2020-2021


29 October 2020

KEVIN HILLIARD (Oxford)
Neology vs. radical Enlightenment: Gotthilf Samuel Steinbart, Jakob Mauvillon, and Frederick the Great's Essai sur l'Amour-propre envisagé comme Principe de Morale (1770)
Preceded by a Council Meeting
26 February 2021

The First Sixty Years of the EGS: A 135th-Anniversary Symposium
ANGUS NICHOLLS (London), FABIENNE SCHOPF (Stuttgart)
Diplomacy, Competition and Crisis: The English Goethe Society 1886-1914
W. DANIEL WILSON (London)
Challenges for the English Goethe Society, 1923-1945 (H. G. Fiedler, L. A. Willoughby, W. Rose)


26 November 2020

Ida Herz Lecture

KAROLINA WATROBA (Oxford)
Reluctant Readers: Marxists on Mann's Magic Mountain
18 March 2021

STEFANIE STOCKHORST (Potsdam)
Goethe and the Aesthetics of Equestrian Art


21 January 2021

Wilkinson-Willoughby Lecture

ALFRED BRENDEL (London)
Naivety and Irony: Goethe's Musical Needs
6 May 2021

CLARK MUENZER (Pittsburgh)
"Daß ich Dich fassen möcht'": Tracking the Philosophical Concept in Goethe's 'Prometheus' and 'Ganymed'



Programme 2019-2020



10-11 October 2019

English Goethe Society Symposium:
Goethe’s ‘West-oestlicher Divan’ and its Uses
26 March 2020

(preceded by Annual General Meeting at 5.45 p.m.)

Ida Herz Lecture
Karolina Watroba (Oxford): ‘Der Zauberberg and the Pleasures of Immersive Reading’

POSTPONED DUE TO COVID 19


7-8 November 2019 

Conference co-sponsored by the EGS:
Literature in the World: Material Networks of Books to and from Goethe’s Weimar

St John’s College, Oxford
20-22 April 2020

Sessions at the Modern Languages conference, University of Durham, co-sponsored by EGS:
Writing ‘Europe’ in the Age of Goethe

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19


5 December 2019 

(preceded by a Council Meeting)

Roger Paulin (Cambridge): ‘Goethe and Klopstock: A Last Word’
18 June 2020

Clark Muenzer (Pittsburgh): ‘“Babelgedanke”: Goethe’s Architectural Idea and the Process Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead’

POSTPONED DUE TO COVID 19



Programme 2018-2019



1 November 2018

(preceded by a Council Meeting at 4.00 p.m. in the same room)

Ray Ockenden (Oxford): ‘Classical and neo-classical eddies in Mörike's Idylle vom Bodensee
21 March 2019 

Gabriel Trop (Chapel Hill, North Carolina): ‘Agonistic Reading: Kleist’s Aesthetics of Temptation’


6 December 2018

Jeremy Adler (London): ‘Goethe’s Concept of Human Dignity and its Importance for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany’
9 May 2019

Martin Mulsow (Erfurt): ‘Die Illuminaten, Schiller und die Anfänge des Kantianismus’


31 January 2019 

(preceded by Annual General Meeting at 5.45 p.m.)

Daniele Vecchiato (London): ‘“Richter, die ihr richtet im Verborgenen...”: Literary Representations of the Vehmic Court in the Age of Goethe’
6 June 2019

Carolin Duttlinger (Oxford): ‘Rescue in the Face of Danger: Goethe and Walter Benjamin’