Can we reimagine a way to be human that doesn’t cause so much suffering for others? How can we reimagine ourselves as being a part of, not apart from, the more than human world? And how do we make space for the hard conversations, individually and collectively?
Anne-Sophie is a German journalist, writer, and admirer of all things wild. From a desk, overlooking a fjord in the south of Norway, she writes fiction, poetry, essays and reportings. Her work is concerned with questions of ecological justice, art and nature as therapy, and with gender and racial inequality. She holds a BA in Comparative Literary Studies from the University of Erfurt and a MFA in Cultural Theory and History from Humboldt University of Berlin. Her research is influenced by arts-based approaches, by phenomenology and critical theory, by various storytelling and nature writing traditions and by her practice of zazen. In her home in the south of Norway she reads obsessively and goes for long hikes.
When she encounters the natural world, she often asks herself questions she learned from Rachel Carson: „What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see this again?“
Her work as a freelance journalist appeared in German newspapers and magazines such as DIE ZEIT and ZEIT ONLINE, ZEIT CAMPUS, and Mare Magazin. She was also a contributor to the national public radio DLF Kultur. She writes in English and German.
This is how she goes about her projects, be it fiction or academia:
It is six A.M., and I am working. I am absentminded, reckless, heedless of social obligations, etc. It is as it must be. The tire goes flat, the tooth falls out, there will be a hundred meals without mustard. The poem gets written. (Mary Oliver)