About the Author

Alexander Scherr

E-Mail: Alexander.Scherr@anglistik.uni-giessen.de

Alexander Scherr studied English Literature and Culture, Philosophy and Musicology in Bonn. After having worked as the coordinator of the language program at Bonn University for two years, he joined the Department of English and the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture at Justus Liebig University, Giessen, in 2011. He has recently completed a dissertation (entitled “Narrating Evolution”) on the epistemological challenges of representing Darwinian evolution in narrative form, which the study also traces in several contemporary Anglophone novels. Alexander’s main research interests include studies of science and literature, post-classical approaches in narratology, British literature from the 19th to the 21st century, and contemporary North American literature and culture.

Contributions by Author: Alexander Scherr

Emergent Emergencies in Complex Ecosystems

Reflections on the Limits of Narrative Cognition and a Revisiting of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park (1990)

The felicitous concept of ‘emergent emergencies,’ as proposed by the editors of this issue, suggests a close interrelationship between an ethical and a cognitive problem. It implies that states of emergency can arise out of cognitive inability to comprehend ‘emergence’ — a term used to describe the behavior of complex systems marked by “circular recursion” rather than straightforward linearity or mono-causality […]