It’s hard to believe – but our inaugural network conference took place a full five years ago in Freiburg! Since then, this blog has been in existence, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has contributed over the years. We are still convinced that it’s a good place to make […]


On 20 January 2023, the Centre interdisciplinaire d’études et de recherches sur l’Allemagne (CIERA) will hold a Franco-German workshop entitled “Interdisziplinäres Seminar der Nachwuchsforschenden des CIERA – Interdisciplinary Seminar of Young Researchers“. It is directed at master’s students and doctoral candidates doing Franco-German research in the humanities and social sciences. The aim of the workshop […]

In their monograph, Martus and Spoerhase discuss what distinguishes the practice(s) of the humanities from other scholarly fields. They examine rules, theories and spaces of practice and explain what research, teaching and administration actually mean in everyday academic life. In this way, they offer a new perspective on the humanities and the labor involved in […]

Andrew Pettegree is one of the most important scholars on the history of the Reformation, the book and communication. On the occasion of his 65th birthday, an opulent two-volume Festschrift was published which reflects his areas of interest and expertise. The contributions by a total of 43 scholars deal with Reformation and religious culture, religious […]

Our readers, associated network members and followers may be interested in upcoming events hosted by the Chair of Book Studies at WWU Münster, all of which are open to the public: On November 10 at 3pm CET, Eraldo Souza dos Santos (Paris) will be discussing the biography of a very particular book: “The global history […]

In the 18th century, more precisely from 1750 onwards, specialist journals devoted to a field of knowledge and a specific science increasingly emerged. They appeared periodically, presented mostly shorter articles on the latest state of knowledge and established themselves as the central organ of scientific knowledge. However, these journals are still little studied in the […]

The DFG-Graduiertenkolleg “Gegenwart/Literatur. Geschichte, Theorie und Praxeologie eines Verhältnisses” (“The Present/Literature. History, Theory and Praxeology of a Relationship”) is organising a conference on the relationship between genre and the present at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn from 22 to 24 June 2023 and has issued a call for papers. Contributions are requested for a 20-minute presentation […]

Nowadays, copyright is firmly established. In the 18th century, on the contrary, there was no such copyright, which made reprints of works a common practice of book printers. This reprinting gave the authors a new form of distribution and readers access to literature. However, these reprints were also heavily criticised, especially by authors, because they […]

Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598) plays an important role in the history of cartography in the Netherlands in the early modern period. He designed several maps in Antwerp at the end of the 16th century and was thus active at a crossroads of European trade and media culture. He incorporated the information of his time into his […]

Franziska Wilke (Frankfurt) has recently published a book on digital reading that may be of interest to our readers and associated members. The book, published with transcript in the series “Literatur in der digitalen Gesellschaft”, is available fully open access here.

This year’s volume of Jahrbuch für Kommunikationsgeschichte has been published; one of the editors, Daniel Bellingradt, is an associated member of our network, along with Astrid Blome and Jörg Requate. As is tradition, the ample review section is available open access. More information and access can be found here.