The Institute of History at Düsseldorf University is hosting the two-day interdisciplinary workshop “Vom (Be-)Nutzen der Bücher. Praktiken des Buchgebrauchs in der Frühen Neuzeit”. The participants–including our administrator Simone Zweifel and our associated scholar Daniel Bellingradt–will explore the non-textual dimensions of book culture in the early modern period.
According to the conference abstract, the main research questions to be pursued by all speakers are:
- How can attention to the external form of books contribute to historical scholarship informed by the “material turn”?
- Can we conceptualize books as common articles of everyday life or do they have a more specialized status?
- What is the influence of the materiality of the book on the reception of texts? In how far can historians reconstruct such usage patterns and practices?
The conference organizers Kristina Hartfiel, Julia Schmidt-Funke, and Tobias Winnerling have posted all information concerning the conference on this website. A PDF-file of the program can be downloaded here.
We hope to publish a conference report on our blog in due time.