On 5 April 2016 the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel will host a four-day international conference titled “Biographies of the Book”. In the following interview, conference director Ulrike Gleixner talks about the vicissitudes in the life history of a volume, new research perspectives which libraries stand to gain by focusing on material culture and why the haptic character of a book always contains references to its content.Read more
Meindert E. Peters spent eight weeks as a research intern at the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel. In what follows the student of German at the University of Oxford explains how he discovered little Venice in Lower Saxony, why he searched for book plates in a granary and why, to this day, he remembers Wolfenbüttel fondly.
They both began by acquiring the technical know-how by themselves. Today Ulrike Henny and Peter Andorfer are producing digital editions and contributing to larger edition projects. We met with the two junior researchers at the conference “Digital Metamorphosis. Digital Humanities and Edition Philology”, held in Wolfenbüttel in November 2015. They explained why digital edition philology is an ideal field for young academics, what misconceptions they’ve encountered with respect to their work, and whether they’d personally be just as happy living without printed books.Read more
From 14 to 16 January 2016, the German Literature Archive in Marbach will host a public workshop titled “The Presentation of Canonical Works around 1900” as part of the MWW research project “Text and Frame”. In a conversation with conference director Philip Ajouri, he discussed the significance of German classics for the book market around 1900, the new type of publisher who entered the scene at the turn of the century, and his personal favourite edition from that time.
Sometimes classical, sometimes cryptic or ironic, Alfred Döblin allowed himself to be presented photographically in very different ways. He then immediately queried these staged scenes of his authorship. The Marbach collection of Döblin's photographs is a wonderful resource for exploring this famous writer's complex relationship with his own image, said head of the MWW’s "Politics of the Image research project" Ellen Strittmatter in a lecture on "The Politics of the Image and Poetics" which she gave at the workshop "Images, Texts, Places".
Goethe was introduced to the pastor Georg Christoph Tobler in Switzerland in 1779, and two years later, the two men met again in Weimar. When Tobler’s rhapsodic text “Die Natur” (Nature) appeared in the "Tiefurter Journal" in 1782/83, most assumed that Goethe was the author. A mistake which even the renowned journal "Nature" failed to rectify in its first issue of 1869 – one that even the great poet himself had no small part in propagating.Read more
In the coming days, readers will be receiving the winter issue of the "Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte", titled "The Party". Featuring an array of wild party scenes, the issue examines the “dark rooms” of the history of ideas with essays by Aleida Assmann, Heinz Bude, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Philipp Felsch, Petra Gehring, Friedrich Wilhelm Graf, Ellen Strittmatter and many others.Read more
A little over two years ago, at the beginning of September 2013, the Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel Research Association (MWW) entered its first five-year funding phase. In the following interview, Sonja Asal, managing director of the MWW, describes her goals for the coming years and explains, why she finds scientific management so fascinating, and to what extent the role of libraries and archives has changed.Read more
On 2nd November 2015, a three-day conference on "Digital Metamorphosis: Digital Humanities and Editorial Studies" will be held at the Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel (HAB) within the framework of the MWW Research Association. We interviewed conference chairman Roland Kamzelak about sustainability on the Internet and the most impressive digital editions.
Literary scholar, Dirk Werle’s book on fame and modernity, Ruhm und Moderne. Eine Ideengeschichte (1750-1930), was published last year. Ursula Kundert interviewed the author about his most recent work. The interview is available as an audio file.Read more