Welcome to Book and Reading Studies at Mainz University

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:

Winer term 2021/22: Project seminar groups work exploratively and with the help of advanced tools with extended metadata

As part of the regular project seminar for Master's students preparing for their Master's thesis, students dealt under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Christoph Bläsi in the winter semester 2021/22 on the one hand with issues surrounding extended metadata and on the other hand "instrumentally" with how to effectively process extensive unstructured data and present project results simply but "appetisingly" to fellow students and the public. The teaching project was gratefully supported by the Gutenberg Institute's Book & Reading Studies Department by funding research assistant Vanessa Möschner. Continue reading "Winer term 2021/22: Project seminar groups work exploratively and with the help of advanced tools with extended metadata"

Junior Professorship for Nikolaus Weichselbaumer

Dr. phil. Nikolaus Weichselbaumer has been Junior Professor of Book Studies at our Gutenberg Institute since the summer semester of 2022.

He studied book studies and modern German literary history in Erlangen-Nuremberg and was a research assistant in various projects before receiving his doctorate from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg under Prof. Ursula Rautenberg in 2014 with a thesis on the typographer Hermann Zapf. He was then a research assistant here in Mainz Book Studies from 2014 to 2021, before being appointed as an assistant professor in 2022.

No education without reading

According to a recent study by the Institute for School Development Research, only 72 percent of
of fourth graders can read well enough to have no difficulties in secondary school, to keep up in class.

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Lauer and Dr. Anke Vogel are researching the reasons and developing projects that actively promote reading skills.

Read the full article in the JGU magazine [in German].

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*The Future of Publishing. London College of Communication offers free Online Publishing Innovation Event on April 28

The following invitation by Anna Klamet, a colleague working partly in London and partly with us in Mainz, is also valid for students of book studies in Mainz for the event on April 28 from 17.00 on ZOOM. Also last year, Mainz students have participated in this interesting event. Continue reading "*The Future of Publishing. London College of Communication offers free Online Publishing Innovation Event on April 28"

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Launch of Student Mentoring Program

As of the start of the new semester, the department of Book and Reading Studies launches it's Student Mentoring Program. To celebrate, the mentoring team prepared a champagne reception.
Whether you're a student or a member of the staff, everyone is welcome. Besides a glass of bubbly and some snacks, you can also expect a round or two of BuWi-Bingo!
For organizational reasons, we kindly ask you to register in advance via e-mail (mentoring.buchwissenschaft@uni-mainz.de) or via Instagram.

Date: Thursday, April 21st
Time: 6 PM
Location: Faculty Hall of the Philosophicum Building, 2nd floor

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Start of term: Come together and discussion

Back on campus

Mainz Book Studies invites all students and staff to a semester welcome aperitif with pretzels and something to drink

Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Time: 12-14 h
Location: Inner courtyard in front of the Philosophicum

Discussion: Corona and no end. What do we want to improve in teaching?

The Covid 19 pandemic was and is a burden for all of us. Many of you have not been able to take up normal studies until today. At the same time, we have learned through new formats how teaching can also take place digitally. The summer semester of 2022 is an opportunity to take stock and critically ask what we can improve in teaching. Continue reading "Start of term: Come together and discussion"

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Birthday wishes for Prof. Dr. Stephan Füssel

Prof. Dr. Stephan Füssel celebrates his 70th birthday on March 24, 2022. Mainz Book Studies offers its warmest congratulations. Ad multos annos!

Article by Prof. Dr. Corinna Norrick-Rühl (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster) in today's issue 12/2022 of Börsenblatt des Deutschen Buchhandels
(with the kind permission of the editors)