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Conference report: “The Pope and the Book in the Late Middle Ages (1350-1500). Education, production of manuscripts, library use”. Mainz, 4-6 September 2014

Guest post by Anette Löffler, Frankfurt German version see below/translation into English by Book History Network Libraries are a mirror of the intellectual, political and social microcosm of their owners. This hypothesis formed the basis for a conference in Mainz, organized by the Hugo von Sankt Viktor-Institut, PTH Sankt Georgen (Frankfurt/Main). The public evening keynote […]

Conference Report: Books in Motion in Early Modern Europe. Beyond Production, Circulation and Consumption, Gotha Research Centre, University of Erfurt, Germany, 28–31 May 2014

Guest post by André Bochynski, M.A. In May 2014, specialists in book history met for the international conference “Books in Motion in Early Modern Europe. Beyond Production, Circulation and Consumption”. The three-day seminar was held in a location directly adjacent to the historical seventeenth-century repository of the ducal library at Friedenstein Palace in Gotha (Thuringia), which […]

Conference report: Learning to Read: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (Mainz, May 8-9; graduate student conference)

Guest post by Leonie Schwab, graduate student at the Institute for Book Studies, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz Reading is an essential part of our information culture. But how do children learn to read? As this specific topic is not part of the curriculum of the graduate degree in book studies at the University of Mainz, eight […]

Conference Report: “Geist im Buch” (Humboldt Universität Berlin, April 3-5, 2014)

Debates about the supposedly imminent death of the book have been raging at least since the early 1990s, first in the press and now with increasing frequency in academia. Very often, commentators present monolithic views of the current and future fate of the book, failing to distinguish between the function of printed texts within distinct […]

Conference report: Mainzer Kolloquium 2014: West German Book Market History (1949-1989)

Corinna Norrick-Rühl, JGU Mainz The conference series “Mainzer Kolloquium” is held annually at Mainz Institute for Book Studies on the last Friday in January. This year’s “Mainzer Kolloquium” – the 19th consecutive conference in the series – focused on West German book market history from 1949 to 1989. The one-day interdisciplinary conference was designed as […]

Conference Report: Sensationalism and the Genealogy of Modernity (Tel Aviv, 18-20 December 2013)

Guest post by Stefanie Lethbridge (English Department, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) This fantastic two-day conference at Tel Aviv University just before Christmas 2013 provided the time and space for an inspiring international exchange on the role of sensationalist print and performance culture in the genealogy of modernity. Established scholars and graduate students from all over the world […]

Perspektive Bibliothek – An open access journal by trainee librarians in Munich

Guest post by Martin Hermann The German-language open access journal Perspektive Bibliothek (The Library in Perspective) was launched in July 2012. It covers the entire spectrum of library and information science. The articles in Perspektive Bibliothek are based on papers which trainee academic librarians write as part of their theoretical training at the Bavarian Library […]

Conference Review: Digital Humanities Summer School Switzerland

The Digital Humanities Summer School Switzerland took place from 26 to 29 July, organized by the University of Bern. You can find a conference review on   Vom 26. bis am 29. Juni 2013 fand die Digital Humanities Summer School Switzerland, veranstaltet von der Universität Bern, statt. Den Bericht finden Sie auf […]

Conference Review: Network Conference for German Scholars of Book History and Print Culture (Freiburg, 9-10 May 2013)

A full report on our Network Conference for German Scholars of Book History and Print Culture | Netzwerk-Tagung für deutschsprachige Wissenschaftler_innen im Bereich Buch-, Schrift- und Druckgeschichte is now available at H-Soz-u-Kult. The report is in English and can be accessed here.

Conference Review: Texts, Forms, Readings in Europe, 18th to 21st Centuries, 22-24 May 2013, Le Mans, France

The second SHARP Focused Conference in France took place this year. After a successful conference in Nancy in June 2012, the site for this year’s event was Le Mans, an hour’s train ride from Paris. The conference theme was, in essence, the history of reading and reading habits, though some of the papers dealt with […]