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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

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Tuesday - Thursday 09:00 - 18:00

Liza B. Bauer is the Interim Scientific Manager of the Panel on Planetary Thinking and is currently researching the different forces and powers that living, non-living, and technological actors exert on the planet and society. She also leads the interdisciplinary research section "Human-Animal Studies" together with her colleague Theresa Braun and has been bringing various animal issues to the public as part of event series since 2018. In May 2022, she successfully defended her doctoral thesis, which deals with the representation of so-called utility animals in literature and their cultural and ethical functions. An updated version of the work is under contract for publication in spring 2024 titled Livestock and Literature: Reimagining Postanimal Companion Species with Palgrave Verlag. In February 2024, she will publish an article she co-authored with Nora Castle on the fictional representation of animals that have been enabled to speak human language through biotechnology. In addition to several other cultural and literary essays, one of her published works is a contribution to Simone Horstmann's open access anthology Interspezies Lernen, in which she develops guidelines for a literature course that is sensitive to animals. Her master's thesis, which deals with the representation of animals in the poetry of William Blake, was published in 2019 by Marburger Büchner Verlag.


  • 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. "Der Wald als Mitakteur? Das Fallbeispiel einer planetaren PolitikPlanetare Waldpolitik." Politische Vierteljahresschrift: Das Planetarische Politisch(e) Denken 63, 703–728 (2022).
  • 2023. Josh Milburn: Episode 209 - Teaching Literary Animal Studies with Liza Bauer. [Audio-Podcast]. In: Knowing Animals.
  • 2024. Bauer, L.B., und N. Castle: „Reading the Speaking Animal: Biotechnology and Animal “Uplift” in Adam Roberts’s Bête.” In: Nora Castle and Giulia Champion (eds.) Animals and Science Fiction. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • 2024. Bauer, L.B.: Livestock and Literature: Reimagining Postanimal Companion Species. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.