Kick-Off with Siri Hustvedt and Carl Djerassi


Djerassi 2Dr. Carl Djerassi

The Austrian-American chemist and novelist was a guest of the graduate program on the occasion of the official opening event in June 2014. Dr. Djerassi combines both life sciences and life writing. In his long and outstanding research career as a chemist, he contributed to the development of birth control. As a writer of numerous novels and plays, he has coined the term “science-in-fiction.” After his lecture on his most recent autobiography Der Schattensammler, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

Photo: Karen Ostertag



Siri HustvedtDr. Siri Hustvedt

The American novelist and essayist has devoted much of her recent work on the interconnection of life sciences and life writing. In her autobiographical essay The Shaking Woman: A History of My Nerves, Dr. Hustvedt explores her own mysterious illness of uncontrollable shaking from multiple perspectives and disciplines, encompassing, among others, neurobiology, psychoanalysis, cultural studies, history and philosophy. In her lecture during the offical opening event in June 2014, she read from her most recent novel The Blazing World.


Photo: Marion Ettlinger






Datum: Dienstag, 17. Juni 2014
Beginn: 18.00 Uhr
Ort: Großer Hörsaal Chirurgie, Gebäude 505, Universitätsmedizin Mainz, 55131 Mainz

18.00 Uhr 18.20 Uhr: Grußworte
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Mechthild Dreyer
Vizepräsidentin für Studium und Lehre
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Dr. Carola Zimmermann
Ministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft, Weiterbildung und Kultur
Rheinland Pfalz
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ulrich Förstermann
Wissenschaftlicher Vorstand und Dekan
Universitätsmedizin der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

18.20 Uhr 18.35 Uhr: Einführung
Sprecher des Graduiertenkollegs „Life Sciences Life Writing“
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Norbert W. Paul
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Mita Banerjee

- Musikalisches Zwischenspiel -

18.45 Uhr 19.30 Uhr: Vortrag und Lesung von und mit
Dr. Siri Hustvedt

19.30 Uhr 20.15 Uhr: Vortrag und Lesung von und mit
Prof. Dr. Carl Djerassi

20.15 Uhr 20.45 Uhr: Diskussion

ab 20.45 Uhr: Festakt
mit musikalischem Nachspiel und anschließendem Empfang


Klick here for the download of the Flyer and the official Invitation for the Kick-off event.