The Power of Wonder

The Instrumentalization of Admiration, Astonishment and Surprise in Discourses of Knowledge, Power and Art

A SNF Sinergia Project


Joseph Wright of Derby: An Experiment with A Bird in the Air Pump 1768 (c) Tate Gallery London

Institutions Involved:

  • University of Zurich, German Department, Prof. Dr. Mireille Schnyder

  • University of Basel, German Department, Prof. Dr. Nicola Gess

  • University of Freiburg, Department of Sociology, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Bröckling

  • University of Basel, French Department, Prof. Dr. Hugues Marchal


Call for Papers, Interdisciplinary Conference “Provoked Admiration. Self-Fashioning and Collective Affectivity” (July 4-6, 2019, Zurich)
Deadline: November 30th, 2018

Interview with Prof Dr Nicola Gess (University of Basel) about the project