Professor Stephanie Leitch will convene an international group of scholars in Wolfenbüttel, Germany, this summer (August 3–14) for a graduate course on the history of the printed book, sponsored by the Herzog August Bibliothek. The course, Early Modern Visual Data: Organizing Knowledge in Printed Books, will consider the critical role of early printed book illustrations in the democratization of knowledge.
The summer course is addressed to masters and doctoral students and will be conducted in English, with key readings in English and German. Topics will include visual tools, volvelles, artists’ manuals, physiognomy, portraits, maps, natural history, botanicals, didactic manuals, and other early printed historical and scientific publications. Morning presentations and workshops will be followed by afternoon group discussions and individual research in the Herzog August Bibliothek.
The tutors are:
– Joost Depuydt, Curator of typographical and technical collections, Museum Plantin-Moretus
– Robert Felfe, Universität Konstanz
– Stephanie Porras, Tulane University
– Thomas Schauerte, Director, Museen der Stadt Aschaffenburg
– Suzanne Karr Schmidt, Newberry Library, Chicago
The library offers up to fifteen places for participants and will cover their expenses for accommodations and breakfast. Each participant will receive a subsidy of 100 Euros to cover living costs. Participants are expected to pay their own travel expenses.
There are no application forms. Applicants should state their reasons for wishing to participate in the course and sources they would like to consult at the HAB, and send a CV that describes their academic career and current research. Please also supply the address of an academic referee who may be contacted to provide a reference if needed. The deadline is 15 March 2020.
Applications should be submitted by email to:
Dr. Volker Bauer
Herzog August Bibliothek