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Prof. Dr. Konstantin Asadowski

Research stay in Marbach in May and June 2016

Professional background

Konstantin Asadowski is a Russian German Studies scholar, translator and literary critic. After earning his graduate degree in German Studies and Art History at the University of Leningrad, from 1963 to 1974 he taught at the pedagogical institutes in Leningrad and Petrosavodsk. In 1975, he was appointed chair of the Leningrad Vera Mukhina Institute for Industrial Design and Applied Art. He served in this position until his arrest in 1980 following allegations construed by the Soviet secret service KGB. In 1989, he was rehabilitated as a victim of political persecution. Asadowski has received numerous awards and distinctions for his services as a translator and intermediary between German and Russian literature, including the Federal Cross of Merit, First Class. He has been the president of the PEN Club in St. Petersburg since 1999.

Research project

Konstantin Asadowski conducted research on Rainer Maria Rilke and the Insel Verlag as part of the research project “Text and Frame”. The results of his work fit neatly with the already running preparation for the exhibition “Rilke and Russia” which will be presented at the Literaturmuseum der Moderne in Marbach in spring 2017. Asadowski is one of Russia’s foremost experts on Rilke and has significantly contributed to intensifying ties to Russian German Studies and Comparative Literature.

Dietmar Dath

Research stay in Weimar in April/May 2016

Professional background

Dietmar Dath is a writer, translator and journalist who lives in Freiburg and Frankfurt. After completing his studies in Physics and Literary Studies, he worked as editor-in-chief of the Cologne-based pop culture magazine Spex and features editor for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) from 2001 to 2007. He has worked for the FAZ as a film critic since September 2011. In addition to numerous books and essays on scientific, aesthetic and political subjects, he has published several novels which have garnered widespread acclaim and numerous distinctions. Dietmar Dath has also worked as a dramatist and lyricist in recent years.  

Research project

At the invitation of the Weimar project “Faust Material and Its Medialisation”, Dietmar Dath conducted research on the discursive interplay between Faust, science (academics, knowledge) and fiction (literature, film) over the course of the material’s history. He was especially interested in the utopian and imaginative potential of the material, as well as its implication in the areas of knowledge and science. His research work focused on philosophical and literary texts, along with more recent cinematic depictions, in which Faust plays a role thematically or as a motif.

At the conclusion of his research stay in Weimar, Dietmar Dath held a public video presentation titled “FaustScienceFiction” on 4 May 2016 at 6 pm at the Goethe- und Schiller-Archiv. He pointed out examples where the Faust material had left its mark in science and popular culture in recent years. Following the video presentation, Carsten Rohde, research associate of the MWW research project “Text and Frame”, moderated a podium discussion with Dietmar Dath, Norbert Otto Eke (Paderborn) and Stefan Matuschek (Jena).

More information

Interview with Dietmar Dath in the MWW blog

Video interview with Dietmar Dath in the blog of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Wolfgang Fuhrmann

Research stay in Wolfenbüttel in May and July 2015

Professional background

PD Dr. Wolfgang Fuhrmann is a research associate in the Musicology Department at the University of Mainz. Following his studies, he worked as a music journalist (The Standard, Berliner Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and others) and researcher. He wrote his dissertation at the University of Vienna in 2003 titled “Herz und Stimme. Innerlichkeit, Affekt and Gesang im Mittelalter” (Heart and Voice. Inwardness, Affect and Singing in the Middle Ages) and earned his habilitation at the University of Berne in 2010 with the dissertation “Haydn und sein Publikum. Die Veröffentlichung eines Komponisten ca. 1750 bis ca. 1815” (Haydn and his Audience. The Publication of a Composer between ca. 1750 to ca. 1815). During his stint as a Historical Musicology research associate at the Institute of Musicology at the University of Vienna, he was also responsible for managing and cataloguing the institute’s archive.

Research project

At the invitation of the Wolfenbüttel project “Media History of Psalms”, Wolfgang Fuhrmann researched the pragmatic character of psalms in the 15th century. The subject was of particular interest as it allowed him to position the emergence of polyphony in psalm music, especially psalm motettes, in contemporary psalm practice. His research stay concluded with an essay titled “Absicherung und Aneignung. Zur musikalischen Gebrauchsgeschichte der Psalmen im 15. Jahrhundert” (Safeguarding and Assimilating. On the Musical Usage History of Psalms in the 15th Century), which was published in the special issue “Produktive Ästhetik von Psalmen im Spätmittelalter” (Productive Aesthetics of Psalms in the Late Middle Ages” by the project director Ursula Kundert.

Ralf Gnosa

Research stay in Marbach and Weimar in October and November 2015, and in Marbach in December 2015

Professional background

Ralf Gnosa has worked as a freelance writer and literary studies scholar in Mönchengladbach since 2011. He is the deputy chairman and archive director of the Paul Ernst Gesellschaft. After earning his master’s degree in German Studies and Philosophy in Bonn, he worked for about ten years on indexing various literary estates (including the Paul Ernst Archive/Kutzbach Collection at the University Library in Regensburg, the Walter Höllerer estate at the Sulzbach-Rosenberg Literary Archive and the Eichendorff manuscripts at the Freie Deutsche Hochstift in Frankfurt am Main).

Literary essays and editions from naturalism to the post-war period (most recently the edition on Polymeter (1898) by Paul Ernst, Leipzig: Reinecke & Voß, 2016); poetry, adaptations, prose.

Research project

At the invitation of the Marbach project “Text and Frame: Modes of Presenting Canonical Works”, Ralf Gnosa investigated the wide-ranging publishing activities of the modern classicist Paul Ernst (1866-1933). With funding from an archive grant, he was able to intensively study the part of the Insel-Verlag archive located in Weimar which contains correspondence between Paul Ernst and Insel. This was supplemented by further investigation of Ernst’s estate in Marbach and holdings of the Insel and Georg Müller publishing houses.

Ralf Gnosa presented the initial results of his visits in Marbach and Weimar at a public workshop titled “Presentation of Canonical Works around 1900” by the MWW research project “Text and Frame” in Marbach from 14 to 16 January 2016. The presentation was also held in Weimar and Berlin in a modified and expanded form, and will be published as a conference transcript in 2017.