Book and reading studies at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz offer the entire range of the subject in research and teaching, from the early history of printing with hand presses to Bookstagram. Only in Mainz, book and reading studies involve both the theory and practice of the book, its readers, their stories and their hunger for reading. We do this in close cooperation with the book industry. The Mainz Publishers' Archive and a teaching print shop are part of Mainz Book Studies. In short, we research and teach the history of printing just as we conduct data analyses on contemporary reading worlds, discuss the aesthetics of bookmaking as well as practice it. Here you can find out more about everything that is going on in book and reading studies in Mainz:
and will be held at the Academy of Sciences and Literature (Mainz).
The Summer School: New Approaches and Methods for Research in Children’s Media aims at students interested in Children’s and YA-media in Germany and abroad. Numerous lectures and workshops taught by international experts will provide new cultural studies’ perspectives on Children’s Media (e.g. Disability Studies and New Environmental Studies) with methods from the digital humanities.
It is not only in the U.S. that book bans and challenges are increasing, which, with reference to the danger to child development, want to suppress children's and young people's books in which diversity is depicted; the wind is also getting tougher in other parts of the world.
Save the Date:
"Auctioned, sold off, disposed of? Analyses of the market for used books"
The XXIX. Mainz Colloquium discusses developments with experts from the book industry.
Friday, January 26, 2024
Atrium maximum, Johann-Joachim-Becher-Weg 5, 55128 Mainz, Germany
As a result of the Master's seminar "Presentation of ongoing research projects", the students proved their professional and organisational skills and their ability to work in a team on 14 July . At the self-planned symposium under the motto "Young People, Young Mainz", the students presented in-depth and relevant topics in each of ten lectures in the three sections Internationalisation, Diversity and Awareness, and Mediality. ...read more
Are you interested in fan culture or are you a fan yourself? You want to know if fandom can be researched scientifically and how to do it? Or you've never heard of anything like a "fandomverse"?
"Fandomverse - The Science Behind Fan Culture" is coming soon!
On November 7, 2023, we will meet with speakers from the book industry and the "fandomverse".
The Gutenberg year book 2023 has been published!
Traditionally, the Yearbook is published on St. John's Eve (24 June) - and this year is no exception. It features contributions on the history of printing, edited by Philip Ajouri, Julia Bangert, Gerhard Lauer and Nikolaus Weichselbaumer. Continue reading "The Gutenberg Yearbook 2023 is here!"
Witi Ihimaera – Maori Novelist and Indigenous Envoy: Writing to the World
Witi Ihimaera was our guest this week at the Johannes Gutenberg-University!
On Monday, July 3, 2023, he had been festively welcomed at 01:00 p.m. in the courtyard of our conservatoire (music department) by the vice-president Prof. Dr. Stephan Jolie.
The radio programme „Journal am Mittag“ on SWR2 (04.07.23, 12.33-13.00) has published a podcast on July 4, 2023 featuring this event.
On April 19-21, 2023 fellows of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will visit our department as part of a network conference at the Johannes Gutenberg University.
On April 20, 2023, the Department of Book and Reading Studies will host the section "German Studies, Linguistics, Literary Studies, Foreign Languages and Culture" and welcome 19 guests from 10 different nations in the Faculty Hall of Faculty 05.
In addition to the presentation of our field of work and the current research projects in book and reading studies, four scholarship holders of the AvH Foundation will give short lectures to present their research projects.
In the DFG-funded project "Scalable Reading of 'Collected Works' of the 18th Century, exemplified by Friedrich-von-Hagedorn-Werkausgaben", there are
two open PhD positions (TV-L E 13, 65%)
for three years with immediate effect.