XVII. Mainz Colloquium

Books, Identities, and the Freedom of Language. On the politics of publishing in times of heated debates.

Friday, January 28, 2022, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., online.

Bookmaking has always been accompanied by controversy. And yet, the impression is that controversies about bookmaking have intensified in recent years. The tone becomes impatient when it's just a question of who is allowed to translate Gorman's "The Hill We Climb", which character names are allowed to appear in Disney's "Lustige Taschenb├╝cher" and which forms of address are to be used in the "B├Ârsenblatt" or even which books are to be removed from the program and shelves, and the tone quickly becomes offensive to very different groups when it comes to questions about who is allowed to be present at the Frankfurt Book Fair or to whom the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade is to go. This year's Mainz Colloquium, organized by Mainz Book and Reading Studies and the Alumni Association "Freunde der Mainzer Buchwissenschaft" together with the German Publishers & Booksellers Association and the International Gutenberg Society, will discuss the politics of bookmaking from a variety of perspectives.

You can find the program here: Kolloquium 2021 mit Link