“Bibliomigrancy” in German-Polish Context since World War II


Thu. 31.03.2022 | 10:00 -
Fri. 01.04.2022 | 18:00 o' clock

Robert Darnton described the history of the book as a living „communication circuit“[i], involving many different actors and institutions in the process of its material production, distribution and circulation. From the author to the printer and bookbinder, from the bookseller to the reader, the book circulates through private as well as public spaces such as salons, cafés, libraries, academies where it is interpreted, discussed and adapted. In the 18th century that Darnton focuses on, these circles of communication form lively networks that often interact under the radar of state control. Books are transported throughout Europe on intricate and often forbidden routes, from Paris to Warsaw, from Dresden to London, from Geneva to Leipzig. The title of this conference – “Bibliomigrancy” in German-Polish Context since World War II – places books as carriers of material but also immaterial history in a context where the circle of communication is strongly marked by the memory of World War II.

The conference will be held in cooperation with the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and in the premises of the DHI Warsaw. The DHI Warsaw will also provide a translation service during the conference.

31.03.2022, 5:30 pm – Keynote (per ZOOM)

B. Venkat Mani (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Über Bibliomigrancy und Bibliophobie: Weltliteratur und der Begriff des „Kulturbesitzes“
(On Bibliomigrancy and Bibliophobia: World Literature and the Notion of “Kulturbesitz”)

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