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:
On Tuesday, Dec. 6,2022, at 04:00 p.m., the literary scholar Michele K. Troy (University of Hartford, Connecticut/USA) will be a guest in Mainz and give a workshop report on her publication about "Albatross Verlag" in the seminar of Ute Schneider and Katharina Knorr.
Link to the portrait of the publication on DEUTSCHLANDFUNK
Please feel free to join us!
The event will take place at 4:00 p.m. in the Faculty Hall, so it is worth being on time.
Machines write, illustrate and distribute books -
workload relief or dystopia?
The world of books has long been largely digital. But with artificial intelligence, the book industry is changing yet again.
Machines write texts, generate audio books and create translations, evaluate manuscripts and design illustrations. Marketing processes, distribution channels and media campaigns are also using algorithmic systems more and more as a matter of course. Are machines now taking command in the book world as well, or are they merely taking repetitive tasks with limited scope from us in times of a shortage of a skilled workforce?
The XXVIII. Mainzer Kolloquium will discuss the latest developments with experts from the book industry.
Friday, January 27, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 04:00 p.m.
Atrium maximum, Johann-Joachim-Becher-Weg 5, D-55128 Mainz.
Details will follow.
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"
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.
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].
*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"
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or via Instagram.
Date: Thursday, April 21st
Time: 6 PM
Location: Faculty Hall of the Philosophicum Building, 2nd floor
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"
For Bachelor students
Date: Monday, April 11, 2022
Time: 12:15-13:45 p.m.
Location: Jakob-Welder-Weg 18 (Philosophicum), P13
Lecturer: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Lauer
For Master students
Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Time: 14:15-15:00 h
Location: Jakob-Welder-Weg 18 (Philosophicum), P12
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Ute Schneider