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Liza Bauer

Interim Scientific Manager of the Panel on Planetary Thinking


Panel on Planetary Thinking

Justus Liebig University Giessen

Liebigstrasse 35

35392 Giessen, Germany

☎ +49 641 99 16190


Tuesday - Thursday 09:00 - 18:00

Liza B. Bauer is the Interim Scientific Manager for the "Panel on Planetary Thinking”. Her research focuses on critical animal studies, particularly in exploring and critiquing the ways in which relationships between humans and so-called farm animals are perceived and practiced. In May 2022, she defended her dissertation, “Livestock in the Laboratory of Literature”, with success. The project explores the imagining of alternative forms of coexistence with other animals in literary thought experiments and is currently being prepared for publication. Furthermore, Liza Bauer explores the potentials and limitations inherent to literary texts in terms of expressing planetary phenomena and interconnections. She further holds the shared speaker position of the "Human-Animal Studies" section at the Giessen Graduate Centre for Social Sciences, Business, Economics and Law and is a member of the Cultural and Literary Animal Studies (CLAS) network under Prof. Roland Borgards at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt. As a member of the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, she is also part and co-founder of the research group "RA9: Ecology and the Study of Culture".



  • 2019. Am Not I / A Fly Like Thee?’ Human-Animal Relations in William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience. Marburg: Büchner Verlag 2019.
  • 2019. “Living With Companions: On the Peaceful Coexistence of Humans and Other Animals”. KULT_online, no. 59 (July). 
  • 2019. "Conference Report on "Forms at Work: New Formalist Approaches in Literary Studies.“ KULT_online, Nr. 57 (January). 
  • 2020. "On Stories of Life, Death, and Resilience: Human-Animal Bonds for a Multispecies Becoming-With."KULT_online, no. 61 (April 2020
  • 2020. "Of Animal Love and Abuse: Exploring Ambivalent Human-Animal Relationships in Tiger King (2020) during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” On_Culture: The Open Journal for the Study of Culture #9.
  • 2021. "Mit anderen Tieren leben. Lernen an der Schnittstelle zwischen fiktiven Tiertexten, lebendigen Tieren und tierethischen Bestrebungen." In: Simone Horstmann (ed.): Interspezies Lernen: Grundlinien interdisziplinärer Tierschutz- und Tierrechtsbildung. Bielefeld: Transcript.
  • 2021. “Eating Kin or Making Kin? Farm Animal Representations in Twenty-First Century Fiction.” in Ansgar Nünning and Alexander Scherr (eds.). Literature & Literary Studies in the 21st Century: Cultural Concerns – Concepts – Case Studies. Trier: WVT.
  • 2021. "'Four Legs in the Evening': Postanimal Narration in Adam Roberts’ Bête (2014)." SubStance 50.3: 53-73.
  • 2021. "Introduction: Ecocriticism and Narrative Form." SubStance 50.3: 3-13.
  • 2022. "Reading to Stretch the Imagination: Exploring ‘Livestock’ Animal Representations in Literary Thought Experiments." In: Andreas Hübner (ed.), Multispecies Futures: New Approaches to Teaching Human-Animal Studies. Berlin: Neofelis, 95-114.
  • Hanusch et al. 2022 (forthcoming). "Planetare Waldpolitik." Politische Vierteljahresschrift.
  • 2023. Josh Milburn: Episode 209 - Teaching Literary Animal Studies with Liza Bauer. [Audio-Podcast]. In: Knowing Animals.