PhD students 3rd cohort

Jennifer Stevens, M.A.

Jennifer Stevens, M.A.
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
DFG-Graduiertenkolleg „Modell Romantik“
Bachstraße 18k | R. 104a
07743 Jena
+49 3641 944-194

Curriculum Vitae

Professional career

2016 Tutor (Basic Course Methods of Empirical Social Research), University of Hamburg

2015-2017 Tutor (Basic Course Sociology: Identity and Society), University of Hamburg

2016-2017 Student assistant (Sociological Theory, Prof. Dr. Sina Farzin), University of Hamburg

2017-2019 Tutor (Working Methods in Sociology), Friedrich Schiller University Jena

2020-09/2021 Research assistant and PhD Student (General Sociology, esp. theories of action and interaction, Prof. Dr. Ludgera Vogt), Bergische Universität Wuppertal

Since 10/2021 Research assistant and PhD student at the Research Training Group "The Romantic Model", Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena


2013-2014 Studies of Philosophy (B.A.), University of Hamburg

2014-2017 Studies of Sociology (B.A.), University of Hamburg (Minor: Educational Sciences; BA thesis: The shared self in the age of narcissism - A social theoretical consideration of narcissism and its actuality on the digital 'selfie')

2017-2020 Studies of Social Theory (M.A.), Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany (MA thesis: In search of the lost subject - Genesis and validity of psychoanalytical theory)

2018-2020 Scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation


  • Summer 2021 "Psyche and Society: Basic Features of Subject Theory", Bergische Universität Wuppertal
  • Summer 2022    Psyche und Gesellschaft: Theorien soziologischer Vermittlung

PhD project

Romanticism in the Wake of Doom

"Since Romanticism, modernity has dreamed the dream of the end of man as the ultimate doom." (Eva Horn)

This work aims to build a psychoanalytically oriented social-theoretical approach to understanding the relationship between Romanticism and apocalypticism, primarily through consideration of the significance of apocalypticism in modern and late-modern social and cultural criticism. In contemporary varieties of apocalypticism, there exists a rich but scarcely studied relation to established Romantic interpretive patterns—be it simple escapism, the invocation of an omnipotent nature, the longing for the abolition of human-made destruction, or scenes of deserted ruin encountered in paintings by Caspar David Friedrich, Carl Gustav Carus, or John Martin. While Romantic painting often adopts classical biblical motifs, the first modern “cropped” apocalypses rather emerged in French and English literature. These texts tell of the end of humanity, but with no promise of salvation.
In order to more closely examine the relationship between Romanticism and apocalypticism, this project pursues a socio-historical question that seeks to clarify the relationship between apocalypticism and the Romantic movement against the background of the formation of bourgeois society. The work therefore asks what motifs are employed in the apocalyptic mode of historical Romanticism as a means of reflecting on the social upheavals of its own time. To this end, reoccurring motifs in the works of Jean-Baptiste Grainville, Lord Byron, and Mary and Percy Shelley are to be identified and contextualized in terms of social history. Furthermore, it will be shown to what extent these Romantic ideas of the end of the world continue to maintain influence in cultural consciousness today.
This raises the question of contemporary apocalyptics. The thesis, now, is reversed: asking how it is Romanticism that “survives” in late modern apocalypticism. To this end, Romantic motifs of contemporary doom fantasies in cultural-industrial representative forms of countless (post-)apocalyptic tropes will be examined. Ultimately, this project aims to contribute to tracing the historical continuity and discontinuity of the Romantic mode of responding to the contradictions and crises of modern society, precisely in its fundamental, apocalyptic intensification, and thus also to discuss their ambivalent relationship to the Enlightenment.



  • 2019 Organisatorin und Moderatorin der Veranstaltungsreihe ‚Verdrängung und Wissenschaft: Bildung und Forschung nach Auschwitz‘, FSU Jena
  • 26.06.2019 One-Dimensional-Love: Die Veränderung der Liebe im Neoliberalismus – Sexuelle Befreiung, Online-Dating und Polyamorie (Vortrag mit Mathias Beschorner), MLU Halle
  • 09.12.2021 Kurzvortrag "Streit um die Moderne: Zum Problem einer Wissenssoziologie der Apokalyptik und Psychoanalyse der Untergangsphantasie" auf dem Workshop "Kritische Theorie der extremen und populistischen Rechten" am Fachbereich Sozialökonomie, Universität Hamburg
  • 21.05.2022 "Weltuntergangsphantasien: zum romantischen Erbe moderner Apokalyptik" auf dem Kongress »Klimawandel und Gesellschaftskritik«, (AstA der Universität Oldenburg, Forschungsstelle Kritische Naturphilosophie), Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
  • 13.04.2023 »Die Romantik vom Ende der Welt. Zwischen Aufklärung und Verklärung der Naturgeschichte«, Acephale Köln