Postponed to April 26: Mainz Colloquium 2024

The colloquium had to be postponed due to the strike of Deutsche Bahn to a new date in April!

"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, April 26, 2024
Atrium maximum, Johann-Joachim-Becher-Weg 5, 55128 Mainz, Germany

Summer School: New Approaches and Methods for Research in Children’s Media

The summer school is jointly organized by Goethe University Frankfurt
and Johannes Gutenberg University 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.

Further details on the program can be found on the Summer School website and on this fact sheet.

The registration deadline is Feb. 15, 2024.

New Lecture Series: "Of Diversity And Bans – Children’s Literature Under Pressure"

The lecture series takes up a highly topical and increasingly explosive subject:
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.

Continue reading "New Lecture Series: "Of Diversity And Bans – Children’s Literature Under Pressure""

Master’s students prove their research talent with the conference "Young People, Young Mainz".

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. more

Fandomverse – The Science Behind Fan Culture, Conference on Nov. 7, 2023

In November, the "Fandomverse 2023" will take place for the first time, a conference highlighting the science behind fan culture. It is organised by master's students of the book and reading studies department and will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Alte Mensa, Joh.-Joachim-Becher-Weg 5 (Atrium max /Right Aula).

Speakers from the book industry and the "fandomverse" will give lectures and workshops on a variety of topics related to fandoms.

The lectures can be attended by everyone without a previous registration.

For the workshops, though, you must register on a mailing list first: I'm in.

Only those who are on the mailing list will be contacted and can register for the workshops.

Workshop 1: Online Fan Communities
with Nils Hirseland, Chairman of the Perry-Rhodan Fan Centre

Workshop 2: Fan conventions
with Tobias M. Eckrich, Chairman of the German Tolkien Society

Workshop 3: Fanfiction
with Dr. Vera Cuntz-Leng, research assistant at the Institute for Media Studies at the University of Marburg

You will be assigned to your preferred workshop as long as there are free places.
If your preferred workshop is already fully booked, the second choice will be booked.
You will be informed about it in an e-mail.
The registration for a workshop is based on a first-come-first serve basis.

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Coming Soon: "Fandomverse 2023 – The Science Behind Fan Culture"

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".

Info page and registration

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

*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 ( 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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