Elisabeth von Thadden (born 1961) studied literature and history in Freiburg, Paris and Berlin. She did her PhD thesis on Goethe’s concept of nature. In 1992 she started to work as a journalist for the East German weekly “Wochenpost,“ and later as a columnist for the newspaper “Berliner Zeitung“. Since 1999 she has been an editor for “DIE ZEIT“, where today she is responsible for political books in the features section. In her PhD thesis she has already worked on the relation between nature and society in modern times and has ever since been mainly interested in the exchange between humanities and science. In 2010, she was a fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. Since 2012, she is a fellow at the University of Jena where she works on the research of stakeholders of ecological change in “Post Growth Society“, which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). From 2001 to 2009, she was a member of the Heinrich Böll foundations’s advisory board. Since 2009 she has been a member of the executive committee of the German Protestant Church Congress.
Major publications: Erzählen als Naturverhältnis – „Die Wahlverwandtschaften“. Zum Problem der Darstellbarkeit von Natur und Gesellschaft seit Goethes Plan eines „Roman über das Weltall“ (1993); Familiäre Gründe (2000); with Ulrich Schnabel and Christiane Grefe edited: Wer denkt für morgen? 21 Denker fürs 21. Jahrhundert