Authors do not make books. In his historico-cultural studies, Roger Chartier has repeatedly pointed out that authors in the 18th century did not write books, not even their own. Books are not written but made; they are not made by authors but by a complex network of publishers, typesetters, printers, and bookbinders. According to Chartier, […]

The IBG Young Scholars Network is holding its annual meeting in Göttingen this year, hosted by the  DFG Research Training Group “Literature and Dissemination of Literature in the Digital Age”. Elisabeth Böker (Göttingen) and Anke Vogel (Mainz) are co-conveners of the meeting. Among others, our associated Scholar Jan Hillgärtner will be speaking. The full program and registration […]

Two research projects of the DFG collaborative research center 933 Material Text Cultures. Materiality and Presence of Writing in Non-Typographic Societies, projects A06 (The Paper Revolution in Late Mediaeval Europe. Comparative Investigations into Changing Technologies and Culture in ‘Social Space’) and B10 (Rolls for the King. The Format of Rolls in Royal Administration and Historiography […]

The Evangelische Akademie Tutzing is hosting a conference on “Resonance spaces for literature in the 21st century” (“Resonanzräume der Literatur im 21. Jahrhundert”) in February of 2017. The program features prominent speakers such as Leander Wattig, Stephan Porombka, Felicitas von Lovenberg and Sigrid Löffler as well as book and literary historians such as Alexander Nebrig […]

We’re happy to share this call for papers, sent to us by the DFG research unit “Journalliteratur” from Marburg. Please note the deadline for paper proposals: 15 January, 2017 (see below). CALL FOR PAPERS Visual design: the periodical page as a designed surface International Conference of the DFG research unit “Journalliteratur“ (FOR 2288) 23-25 November 2017 Philipps-Universität […]

We would like to alert our followers and readers to the upcoming conference “The Refuge of Objects/ Objects of Refuge.” The symposium will be held in Mainz from December 14-18, 2016. From the organizers’ description: “The theme of the symposium is the material culture of ‘Refuge.’ In view of recent political events and natural catastrophes […]

This invitation has been sent to us by our associated scholar Daniel Bellingradt (Erlangen): The Institute for the Study of the Book at Erlangen University invites you to the following lectures on December 6 at 4.15pm: Daniel Bellingradt: “Magical Manuscripts as forbidden, lucrative and rare trade goods in the early modern book trade: The German situation around 1700” […]