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„Furrowed brow and chin in hand“

Hole Rößler

During the “Future Day” event at the Herzog August Bibliothek, school children learned about the project “Politics for the Image” – and demonstrated a keen sense for judging the credibility of authors’ portraits.

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F. W. Brandshagen: Hermann Hamelmann. Aus: Opera Genealogico-Historica de Westphalia & Saxonia Inferiori. Lemgo: Meyer, 1711 (Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, A 8771).

On the Home Stretch – Concept for a planned e-journal is well-received at the DHd Conference

By Constanze Baum, Swantje Dogunke and Timo Steyer

With considerable momentum behind it, the Zeitschrift für digitale Geisteswissenschaften is scheduled to be launched in a few weeks. In a poster contest held at this year’s DHd conference, the e-journal concept received resounding approval. Designed as a platform for a freely accessible and transparent scientific forum, the concept adopts an approach which is becoming increasingly prevalent.

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No marginal notes. Nowhere – Petrarca's psalms struggle for recognition

Ursula Kundert

Francesco Petrarca, Psalmi penitentionales, Marcus Brandis, Leipzig ca. 1485. Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibliothek, S 378. 8° Helmst., no page number.


The Book of Psalms is possibly the most frequently copied, printed, quoted, commented, translated, edited, and imitated work in...

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From Newspaper Rumour to Card Game: The Intermedial "Faust"

Carsten Rohde


Goethe’s Faust first appeared in an imaginary medium – a rumour. In 1777/78, various journals in Germany printed stories claiming that Lessing, as well as Goethe, were writing poetic works about that late medieval “arch sorcerer” and practitioner of  “black magic” who was poised to become...

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»Doktor Faust«, Theaterzettel einer Aufführung aus dem Jahre 1811, ohne Ortsangabe © Klassik Stiftung Weimar / HAAB

Workshop “Image & Text”

Hole Rößler

At the Historical Museum AM HOHEN UFER in Hannover, there is a document which represents a unique example of the diverse interweave of text and image in portrait form. It is a portrait of Duke August the Younger of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel (1579-1666), sketched by Heinrich Julius...

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Historisches Museum am Hohen Ufer Hannover, Bildarchiv, WM XXX, I (6) (mit freundlicher Genehmigung des Niedersächsischen Landesmuseums Hannover).

Budapest, Belgrád rakpart 2. An evening with Ágnes Heller remembering Commissioner Lukács

Stephan Schlak

Budapest, winter 1956 – “Now I am simply happy that you’re healthy.” With this expression of relief, the young 27-year-old philosopher Ágnes Heller began her first letter to her academic mentor and teacher, her “dear comrade Lukács”. A correspondence fraught with political risk. At that...

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Georg Lukacs‘ berühmter Schreibtisch, auf dem griffbereit Zigarre und Kalender liegen. Die Wohnung in einem Mietshaus an der Donau wurde 1972 von der Ungarischen Akademie der Wissenschaften übernommen und kann noch heute besichtigt werden.

The Inventor of the “Augenblick” – A Defence of the Language Critic Philipp von Zesen

Joanna Raisbeck


In 1678, the Rostock Professor of Rhetoric Andreas Daniel Habichthorst published a small pamphlet entitled Wohlgegründete Bedenkschrift über die Zesische Sonderbahre Ahrt Hochdeutsch zu Schreiben und zu Reden [Well-Founded Treatise on Zesen’s Special Method of Writing and Speaking High...

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Der Dichter Philipp von Zesen auf einem Gemälde des niederländischen Malers Gerard de Lairesse aus dem Jahr 1682 (Kassel, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Schloss Wilhelmshöhe © Bildarchiv Foto Marburg)

An inadequate bulwark against the ravages of time – Stefan Zweig’s last books in Petrópolis’ municipal library

Susanna Brogi

“He shut himself up in his tower, he placed the bulwark of his thousand books between himself and the noise,” wrote Stefan Zweig in his essay fragment Montaigne during the last years of exile which had taken him to the Brazilian city of Petrópolis in August 1941. The passionate autograph...

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Interviewing Valentin Groebner

Hole Rößler

The research project “Bildpolitik – Das Autorenporträt als ikonische Autorisierung”, or “Image politics – the author’s portrait as an iconic authorization” inaugurates a new format: “Politics of the image in conversation”. The research groups had its first interview with Valentin Groebner....

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Valentin Groebner porträtiert von einem Neunjährigen.

Goodbye Weimar!

Alexander Mortimore

So, the end of a very enjoyable and enriching stay in Weimar beckons. As the old adage goes, time flies when you’re having fun! It certainly doesn’t seem too long since I landed in Erfurt.

Since my last entry, I have travelled to Wolfenbüttel with members of the KSW. There, I had a tour...

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Goethes „Home-Office"