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.Read more
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.Read more
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...
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...
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...
“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...Read more
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....Read more
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...Read more