Content Based Image Retrieval for Emblems

By Rosa Ricci

From October 2017 till April 2018 Rosa Ricci stayed at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel as a stipendiary. Her research aims at finding an optimized algorithm able to retrieve ornaments and emblems and extracts them from digitized databases.

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The top 20 best matches between key points. This allows the computer to recognise an object in an image.

Folk Dance and Safari – Some Thoughts on Hans Grimm’s Photographs from South West Africa

By Daniel Berndt

To this day, the nexus between colonial literature and photography hasn’t really been examined. Taking a closer look at Hans Grimm’s photographs from the former German colony of South West Africa, Daniel Berndt shares some thought on this relatively unexplored field.

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Hans Grimm, 1932 (Foto: Robert Frei)

"My four weeks in Wolfenbüttel were challenging, exciting, eye-opening, and filled with adventures"

By Constantin Pietschmann

Constantin Pietschmann participated in the MWW Research Library Internships programme at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel. In his report he shares his impressions of what he experienced during his four-week stay.

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Cod. Guelf. 197 Gud. Lat.

"It was a privilege to be a part of it"

By Tim Berndtsson

The MWW International Summer School was held at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel from 2 to 14 July 2017, and addressed the topic of "The New Hisoty of Archives". Tim Berndtsson from Uppsala in Sweden, one of the 17 participants, portrays the characteristics of both, town and course.

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Anna-Vorwerk-Haus - Centre of the fellowship programme
Anna-Vorwerk-Haus - Centre of the fellowship programme

MWW Goes San Diego

From Stefan Höppner

For the second year in a row, the MWW participated with a panel the German Studies Association (GSA). The GSA holds its annual conference in a different American city every year and draws over 1,000 participants. In November 2016 they went to San Diego.

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Skyline of San Diego ©Pixabay
Die Skyline von San Diego ©Pixabay

"I made many new friends and gained impressions I shall never forget"

Chengzhi Zang

Chengzhi Zhang participated in the MWW Research Library Internships programme at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, where he worked as a research assistant for four weeks. In the following, he shares his impressions of what he experienced during his four-week stay.

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The workspace of Chengzhi Zhang at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel.

The Provocation of Books

Caroline Jessen

Books play a prominent role in the discourse on Jewish “cultural heritage” destroyed in Germany after 1933. Especially in Israel, the remnants of personal libraries shipped to Palestine from Europe by Jewish citizens, symbolise a culture of reading in past tense – as well as a latent overload of memory.


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Remnants: German language books. Photo: Caroline Jessen

Weimar revisited

Von Lukas Meier

Lukas Meier already marvelled at Goethe and Schiller high on their pedastals when he was just a boy. As a student of philosophy in Oxford he took the chance to approach them once more and visited Weimar as a MWW research assistant. A report.

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MWW-Forschungshospitant Lukas Meier half, den Buchbestand in Goethes Privatbibliothek zu erfassen. © Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Foto: Jens Hauspurg

Wolfenbüttels ambassador to Kenya

An interview with Flora Khamala, intern at the Herzog August library

From Nairobi to Wolfenbüttel: In September 2016, the kenyan student Dorothy Flora Khamala joined the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel as an MWW intern. The up-and-coming information scientist wanted to learn as much as possible about the creation of digital editions. What she ended up learning about them and many other issues is the topic of this interview.

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Forschungshospitantin Dorothy Flora Khamala Ende September 2016 in Wolfenbüttel. Foto: Sarah Melzian

“Almost like a cartoon in the margins”

In conversation with literary scholar William H. Sherman

William H. Sherman opened the conference “Biographies of the book” with his lecture “The Reader´s Eye: Between Annotation and Illustration” at the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel. In this interview, Sherman, who is the Head of Research at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of York, talks about why it was common for renaissance readers to immortalize themselves through depictions and drawings in their books, what motives were particularly popular and why reading a book can be compared to cultivating a beautiful garden.

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Notes and drawings by the Florentine politician Bernardo Bembo (1433–1519) in a book written by the Roman writer Pliny the Younger. Courtesy to Stanford University Library.