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 […]

— seen on SHARP-L, reposting with more details here for our followers and network members — In 2020, the “Netzwerk Historische Wissens- und Gebrauchliteratur” was founded. It is dedicated to knowledge-mediating texts of all sorts, their research and cultural contexts. The temporal focus is on the middle ages and the early modern period. Currently, the […]

In July 2022, the publisher Otto Harrassowitz celebrates its 150th birthday. For this occasion, Harrassowitz Verlag has compiled a list of all available titles. In addition to this list, the book shows highlights of the history of this publishing house and its departments. The book also gives insights into production, distribution and advertising, and longtime […]

In 2018, Book Studies (“Buchwissenschaft”) at LMU Munich was re-organised and summed up in the “Zentrum für Buchwissenschaft: Buchforschung – Verlagswirtschaft – Digitale Medien”. This book, dedicated to the center’s founder and director, Prof. Dr. Christine Haug, gives a brief summary of the first years at the “Zentrum” and showcases the current research projects in […]

One of our founding members has published her dissertation on early modern books. Simone Zweifel’s disseration on “making books out of books” analyses the practice of compilation from the 16th to the 19th century. To create something new by using existing texts was a common practice at this time. To do so, the authors needed […]

Network members and blog followers may be interested in this new publication by Uwe Jochum, which answers questions such as “is the book an artefact?”, “is the book a machine?”, “is the book a medium?” – and gives a broad introduction into the book today. Link to book on publisher website.

Our network member Michele K. Troy’s book Strange Bird. The Albatross Press and the Third Reich (Yale University Press, 2017) has been translated into German with Europa Verlag. More information can be found here.

reviewed by network member Ute Schneider (JGU Mainz) Timo Rouget: Filmische Leseszenen. Ausdruck und Wahrnehmung ästhetischer Erfahrung. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter 2021 (Communicatio. Kultur – Text – Medium. 52); 487 pages. ISBN 978-3-11-0722678-7; 109.95 Euro. Link to book on publisher website. One cannot see reading. The reading process remains hidden from viewers of visual media. […]

The University of Marburg is advertising a W2 professorship (tenured position) in Media Cultures which may be of interest to readers of this blog. More details can be found here.

Please note that the W2 professorship in Media Change with a focus on Book Culture and Digital Publications is still open and the faculty has extended the deadline for applications. The full text of the advertisement can be found here (via SHARP News).

reviewed by network member Corinna Norrick-Rühl, Münster Literaturpreise. Geschichte, Theorie und Praxis. Eds. Dennis Borghardt, Sarah Maaß, Alexandra Pontzen. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2020. 304 pages. ISBN: 978-3-8260-7068-6. EUR 42.-. Link to book on publisher website. A large-scale research project at the University of Duisburg-Essen, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) since 2017, has […]