Monthly Archives: February 2014

Conference: The St Andrews Book Conference: Lost Books

“Lost Books” is the topic of the St Andrews Book Conference which will take place from the 19th to the 21th of June 2014. In their announcement, the organisers write: “Questions of survival and loss bedevil the study of early printed books.  Many early publications are not particularly rare, but others are very scarce, and […]

New round of applications for PhD-candidates in DFG research training group at the University of Göttingen

The research training group “Literature and the Dissemination of Literature in the Age of Digitization” at Göttingen is currently accepting applications by prospective PhD students from the fields of German Studies, English (American/British Studies), Comparative Literature, Romance Studies, and Scandinavian Studies (Deadline: May 12, 2014). The research group is offering up to seven positions for research […]

Conference: Defining America: New Writing, New Voices, New Directions

The Salzburg Seminar American Studies Association (SSASA) will hold its 12th symposium from September 27 to October 1, 2014. The session focuses on recent writing from the U.S., with a specific interest in American identity during times of technological and demographic change. Among the key issues highlighted by the conference description, several topics relevant to the […]

Call for Papers: The printing industry in a period of change. Technology, labor, and jobs in the second half of the 20th century (Berlin, 27-28 November 2014)

The radical changes which took place in the printing industry in the second half of the 20th century as well as their effects on the entire book and media industry will be the topic of a conference in November 2014 in Berlin. The interdisciplinary conference will go beyond the technological developments to discuss the role […]

Scholarship opportunity: PhD scholarship for research in children’s and YA literature, University of Klagenfurt

The Institute for German Studies at the University of Klagenfurt (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt) is offering a scholarship for PhD research in children’s and young adult literature. The scholarship is funded by the Waldemar-Bonsels-Foundation (based in Munich). The deadline for applications is April 25, 2014. More details can be found here.


In August, we announced Daniel Bellingradt‘s plans for the conference “Books in Motion in Early Modern Europe. Beyond Production, Circulation and Consumption”, which will take place in Gotha this May. An update of the conference announcement has now been released with more information on speakers etc. This new document can be downloaded here.

Conference: Books for captains and captains in books: Italo-German conference on the training and image of the military leader during the Renaissance (Wolfenbüttel 24.-25.2.2014)

This conference announcement comes to us via Franziska Schaudeck (University of Freiburg) During the Renaissance not only theories of art, science and philosophy altered. The ways of making warfare changed as well. Subsequently new military structures appeared and with them the demands made on affected persons. Considering new writing and reading habits the conference “Books […]

Conference: Lesesaal Internet – Auf dem Weg zu einer digitalen Forschungslandschaft archivischer Quellenbestände (Reading Room Internet – On the way to a digital “research landscape” of archival sources; Munich, 11 March 2014)

Many sources, which were until recently only available in reading rooms of libraries and archives, can now be read online. Digital corpora of sources are rising and connecting. This conference aims to discuss different strategies and qualities of the use of such sources, as well as the special opportunities of digital sources; and it wants […]

Review: Marcella Blum: The debate-provoking book in the political field. Three case studies. Mainz 2013 (Arbeitsblätter für die Sachbuchforschung. 19)

Guest post by Sören Ohle, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz In another guest post, Stefanie Martin introduced the project Das populäre deutschsprachige Sachbuch im 20. Jahrhundert – The popular German-language non-fiction book in the twentieth century, which publishes the series Arbeitsblätter für die Sachbuchforschung. In 2012, the project website was re-launched and in 2013, both the cover and layout […]

Project: Das populäre deutschsprachige Sachbuch im 20. Jahrhundert – The popular German-language non-fiction book in the twentieth century

Guest post by Stefanie Martin, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz In the widest definition of the term, “Sachbuch” can be translated as “non-fiction book”. Despite the indisputable popularity of the “Sachbuch” with readers and its success on the German book market for several decades, the non-fiction book has not yet received adequate academic attention. For instance, this […]