Working Program



Who Figures in Transcendentalism?

  • Charlene Avallone, “Emerson Read George Sand. And So Should You!”
  • Lance Newman, “The Repurposed Transcendental Landscapes of The Life, History, and Travels of Kahgagegahbowh (George Copway)”
  • David Robinson, “Fuller, Fourier, and the Coming Democracy”

Protestant Heritage/Religious Radicalism

  • Kenyon Gradert, “From Cromwell to Parker”
  • Marina Kizima, “Margaret Fuller: A Publicistic Dialogue with the Puritan Heritage”
  • Benjamin Park, “Theodore Parker, Joseph Smith, and the Antinomian Challenge to American Democracy”


Laura Dassow Walls and HCA Reception



Revisioning the Political

  • Daniel Malachuk, “Brownson, Public Religion, and Post-Secular Transcendentalism”
  • Russell Sbriglia, “Not Only as Subject, but also as Citizen: Margaret Fuller and the ‘New Manifestation’ of (Concrete) Universality”
  • Johannes Voelz, “Turns of Envy: Emerson and Tocqueville on the Paradox of a Democratic Person”


  • Prentiss Clark, “‘More Day to Dawn’: Aesthetic Experience and the Possibility of Ethics”
  • Ricardo Miguel-Alfonso, “Emerson and Classical Aesthetic Thinking; or, Plotinus in America”
  • Saundra Morris, “Transcendentalism, Poetry, Aesthetics, and Social Justice”


Transcendental Feminisms

    • Noelle Baker, “Learn How to Be Victorious”: Transatlantic Pathways to Feminism
    • Phyllis Cole, “Fuller, New Women, and the Paris Socialists”
    • Sonia Di Loreto, “‘A Fair Sign of the Times’: Networks of Transcendentalism, Feminism, and Reform in the People’s Journal”


  • Birgit Capelle, “Philosophical Implications of Silence in American Transcendentalism, Japanese Zen Buddhism, and Chinese Taoist Thought”
  • Colette Walker, “Tasting Transcendence: A Comparative Study of the Mystical Aesthetics of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Abhinavagupta”
  • Robert Shelton, “The Zoar Community and the Transcendental Spirit of Reform in Ohio”




Transcendental Forms

  • Peter Balaam, “The Other Shoving Boy: Emerson’s Reverence for Form”
  • Mollie Barnes, “‘To Mold in Clay and Carve in Stone’: Temporality and Literary Form in Fuller’s Italian Dispatches”
  • Kaitlin Mondello, “Re-visioning Transcendental Language: Ralph Waldo Emerson’s and Emily Dickinson’s Scientific Aesthetics”


  • Dennis Sölch, “Civil Disobedience or Symbolic Action–A Case for Thoreau’s Stoicism”
  • Tae Sung, “‘The Gift, To Be True’: A Non-Economic Theory of Gifts in Ralph Waldo Emerson”


Optative Emerson: Temporality, Politics, Philosophy

  • Thomas Constantinesco, “Emerson and the Spirit of Time”
  • Danielle Follett, “Emerson’s Temporalities: The Eternal Present vs. the Not Yet Present”
  • Michael Jonik, “‘The Earth Burns’: Hegel’s Influence on Emerson’s Later Philosophy of Nature”

Up against Limit:  Temporality, Finitude, Failure

  • Walter Gruenzweig, “All Our Hits Are Accidents: Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Serendipitous Epistemology”
  • David Heckerl, “A Philosophical or Religious Perfectionism? Cavell, Emerson, Kierkegaard”
  • Harold Schweizer, “Are We Horses?”


Charles Capper, Alte Aula




  • Herwig Friedl, “A Sense of Being – The Senses of Being: Emerson’s Ontology”
  • Dieter Schulz, “Transcendentalism and Metaphysics”
  • Joseph Urbas, “Poesis and Metaphysics: Emerson’s Bipolar Philosophy of Art”

Translation and World Literature

  • Kohei Furuya, “Fuller’s Translation of Eckermann’s Conversations with Goethe: German Translation Theories and the Conception of Feminist World Literature”
  • Elvira Osipova, “Ralph Waldo Emerson as Viewed from Russia”
  • Adrienne Perry, “Thinking Fuller: The Ethics of Transcendental Translation”


Interconnected Selfhood

  • Christina Katopodis, “Pulse & Polarity: The Vibrational Epistemology of Fuller and Emerson”
  • Bonnie O’Neill, “Feeling Impersonally: Universal Law and the Power of Affect”
  • Valeria Tsygankova, “Inanimate Constituencies: The Intertwining of Person and Thing in Emersonian Selfhood”

Thinking Religion

  • Tyler Gardner, “Is Walden a Religious Book?”
  • Günter Leypoldt, “‘Don’t let’s be prayting pompisly about our ‘sacred calling”‘: Vocation and Disenchantment in Transcendentalist Authorship”
  • Jan Stievermann, “Emerson and the Invention of Religion(s) in the Nineteenth Century”




Transcendentalist Histories: Questions of Failure, Progress, and Reception

  • Leslie Eckel, “Transcendentalism’s Useful Failures”
  • Serge Grigoriev, “Emerson’s “Optimism” and History”
  • Paul Kerry, “George Bancroft as an American Transcendentalist – A Reassessment”

Religious Trajectories

  • Kate Culkin, “She Cherished the Old Religion, Ellen Tucker Emerson, Unitarianism, and a Father-Daughter Bond”
  • Monika Elbert, “The Seeress of Prevorst as Margaret Fuller’s Field Guide to the Frontier (in Summer on the Lakes)”
  • Devin Zuber, “Emerson, Swedenborg, and the Postsecular”



  • Sean Meehan, “Transdisciplinary Transcendentalism: Late Emerson and the Rhetoric of Liberal Education”
  • Wes Mott, “A ‘life bridge’ to ‘moral and intellectual perfection’: Marion Talbot and Transcendental Education Reform”
  • Clemens Spahr, “The Transcendentalist as Public Intellectual: Institutions, Professionalism, and Reform in the Age of American Romanticism”

Transcendentalist Archives and Afterlives

  • Mario Bannoni, “Three New Fuller Letters Found in Italy Reveal the Role of Women in the Struggle for Freedom”
  • Daniela Daniele, “Elevating Littleness: Bronson Alcott’s Poetic Self-Portraits and Their Neglected Legacy in Louisa May’s Semi-Autobiographical Fiction”
  • Sarah Wider, “The Children of Transcendentalism: Caroline Sturgis’s Drawings and Stories”


Russell Goodman, HCA



Print Cultures and Literary Networks

  • Brigitte Bailey, “Fuller, The Dial, The Tribune, and Periodical Print Culture”
  • Denise Kohn, “Fuller’s Influence on the Politics of Suffrage, Marriage, and Free Love in The Revolution”
  • Tim Sommer, “Between Autonomy and Heteronomy: Romanticism, Transcendentalism, and the Status of the Literary”

Theories of Language and Poetics:  Emerson and Thoreau

  • David Greenham, “Emerson’s Theory of Language: Correspondence, Symbolism, Metaphor”
  • William Konchak, “Re-Considering an Emersonian Inspired Spirituality: Language, Metaphysics, and Self-Realization”
  • Bill Rossi, “Thoreau’s ‘Poet,’ Thoreau’s ‘Experience’”