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Workshop ‘Korrespondenzen und Nachlassmaterialien um 1800’, 22/23.5.17, Rostock

Universitätsbibliothek Rostock
22.05.2017-23.05.2017, Rostock, Universität Rostock,
Universitätshauptgebäude, Konzilzimmer

Im Rahmen des DFG-Projekts “Erschließung und Digitalisierung des Nachlasses von Oluf Gerhard Tychsen (1734-1815) – Quellen zur jüdischen Geschichte und zu orientalistischen Gelehrtennetzwerken im Zeitalter der Aufklärung” veranstaltet die Universitätsbibliothek Rostock am 22./23. Mai einen Workshop zum Thema “Korrespondenzen und Nachlassmaterialien um 1800”. Während am ersten Tag des Workshops die Erschließung, digitale Edition und Präsentation von Quellenmaterialien im Fokus stehen, werden am zweiten Tag Möglichkeiten der wissenschaftlichen Auswertung, vor allem im thematischen Umfeld des Tychsen-Nachlasses (Arabistik,Judaistik, Orientalistik…), vorgestellt und diskutiert.

Montag, 22. Mai 2017

11.00 Uhr Begrüßung
Robert Zepf, Rostock

11.30 Uhr Nachlässe im Verbund erschließen. Kalliope: Sachstand und Perspektiven
Gerhard Müller, Berlin

12.00 Uhr Erschließung und Digitalisierung des Nachlasses von Oluf Gerhard Tychsen
Anne Glock, Karsten Labahn, Heike Tröger, Rostock

14.00 Uhr Digitale Edition der Briefe und Rezensionen Albrecht von Hallers (1708-1777): Ein Erfahrungsbericht zum Auf- und Ausbau einer Editions- und Forschungsplattform
Christian Forney, Bern

14.30 Uhr Hamburger Schlüsseldokumente zur deutsch-jüdischen Geschichte: Eine Online-Quellenedition, die gelesen werden will
Daniel Burckhardt, Hamburg

15.30 Uhr Digitale Briefeditionen an der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
Stefan Dumont, Berlin

16.00 Uhr Erfassen – Veröffentlichen – Forschen. Perspektiven zur Erschließung von musealen Objekten im bibliothekarischen Kontext
Frank Dührkohp, Göttingen

16.30 Uhr Aktuelle Entwicklungen und mögliche Perspektiven in der Bestandserschließung orientalischer Handschriften am Beispiel der Sammlung von Heinrich Friedrich von Diez (1751-1817)
Christoph Rauch, Berlin

19.00 Uhr Die Bedeutung jüdischer Tradition und Kultur für den Islam
Hartmut Bobzin, Erlangen

Dienstag, 23. Mai 2017

09.30 Uhr Von der Theologie zur Philologie? Oluf Gerhard Tychsen und die Orientalistik der Aufklärung
Sabine Mangold-Will, Köln

10.15 Uhr Arabische und türkische Briefnetzwerke in der frühen Orientalistik
Boris Liebrenz, New York / Berlin

11.30 Uhr Tychsens Beitrag zur Entzifferung der Keilschrift: ein Werkstattbericht
Anja Piller, Osnabrück / München

14.00 Uhr Kabbalistic amulets of Rabbi Jonathan Eibeschuetz and their interpretation in the works of Sigmund Joseph Baumgarten
Pawel Maciejko, Baltimore

14.45 Uhr Tychsen, the Scandinavian Christian Yiddishists, and Yiddish Bibliophilie
Brad Sabin Hill, Washington

16.00 Uhr Freundschaft und Feindschaft in Bützow – O. G. Tychsen und seine Korrespondenzen mit Markus Moses und J. G. C. Adler
Michael Busch, Malgorzata Maksymiak, Rostock

16.45 Uhr Die Edition der Korrespondenzen Oluf Gerhard Tychsens – ein Projekt und seine Legitimation
Hillard von Thiessen, Rostock

Karsten Labahn

Universitätsbibliothek Rostock
Albert-Einstein Str. 6, 18059 Rostock


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Featured edition (II): Letters of William Godwin – Pamela Clemit – OUP

IMG_5811The Letters of William Godwin, Volume II: 1798–1805, expertly edited by Pamela Clemit (Durham), was published on 13 November 2014 by Oxford University Press.

According to the publisher’s description, ‘The first volume of William Godwin’s letters reflected the origins and impact of his great philosophical work, An Enquiry concerning Political Justice, and showed him at the height of his influence and reputation. This second volume […] reveals a less familiar person in different surroundings: a man still well-connected, attracting new friends and disciples, but increasingly embattled as a public intellectual, as a political radical, and as a professional author. The volume includes scores of texts newly transcribed from the original manuscripts and given scholarly annotation for the first time. […] The letters show [Godwin] responding to changes in public mood, seeking compromise in his philosophical commitments, and remaking himself as the author of novels, plays, biographies, and children’s books. […] They follow his quest, in the wake of the death of his first wife Mary Wollstonecraft, to find a new life-companion and mother for his two young children. […] They record irreplaceable losses, both public and private, and trace new beginnings in his intellectual and literary development, in his commercial ventures, and in his social and domestic life.’

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Some of these aspects of Godwin’s letters were explored more fully at a colloquium which accompanied the volume’s official launch on 18 November 2014 at Wolfson College, Oxford. The colloquium was chaired by Nicholas Halmi (Oxford) and included contributions from Mark Philp (Warwick), Jenny McAuley (Oxford), Jon Mee (York), and Pamela Clemit. Their papers discussed the shape of the volume as a whole, likening it to a Victorian multi-plot novel, and noting the continuing relevance of Godwin’s letters for modern readers (Clemit); Godwin’s courtship letters to Harriet Lee and Maria Reveley (Philp); the letters descriptive of places and persons which Godwin wrote home during his six-week visit to Ireland in 1800 (McAuley); and Godwin’s exchanges with some of his former political friends who turned against him at the end of the 1790s, notably Samuel Parr (Mee). The colloquium was attended by about 40 people and much enjoyed by all. A podcast of the papers given at the colloquium will be posted on Pamela Clemit’s blog early in 2015.

For more information about the edition as a whole, see Pamela Clemit’s blog and my earlier post.

Introducing Rahel Varnhagen and the Varnhagen Society (guest post by Nikolaus Gatter)

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Images from left to right: Rahel Varnhagen von Ense; Karl August Varnhagen von Ense with Alexander von Humboldt

‘Every creature endowed with reason can educate itself to criticize. Inspiration, swift combination, wit, etc. – these are gifts; at any rate, we do not remember the process, the striving for it, the activity; and enjoy them as such, like we enjoy spoils – the possession of which makes you eventually forget the war.’ (Rahel Varnhagen)

Who was Rahel Varnhagen von Ense, née Levin?
She was born in 1771 in Berlin to Chaje and Markus Levin and died in Berlin in 1833; she was married to Karl August Varnhagen von Ense (1785–1858). At a time when there were no institutions for educating girls, Rahel educated herself to become, according to many of her contemporaries, the wittiest woman in Europe – with an immense talent for socializing. Goethe, one of her personal acquaintances, wrote of her: ‘she is what I would call a beautiful soul.’ Rahel’s letters are unconventional, rhapsodic, full of inspiration and emotion – a philosophy without system nor the trappings of religious thought.

Rahel Varnhagen as salonnière and activist
Based on philosophical reasoning that yields challenging questions for the present day, Rahel’s salon turned into a free-spirited republic. In a time of political stagnation, people of different social standing and various professions, men and women alike, met in her salon to exchange views in a tolerant and unbiased way. The Humboldt brothers were among the many celebrities that visited her salon, Schlegel and Schleiermacher, the Prince of Lingne and Prince Louis Ferdinand. Eduard Gans, Ludwig Börne, Bettina von Arnim, the Prince of Pückler and Heinrich Heine frequented her second salon. The wars of liberation forced Rahel to flee Berlin. In Prague she founded and ran an organisation to take care of wounded soldiers. Throughout her life she was committed to helping socially disadvantaged people and to women’s liberation. She followed her husband to the Congress of Vienna and to Baden, where the diplomat Varnhagen was dismissed due to his democratic opinions.

Rahel Varnhagen’s legacy
Rahel Varnhagen passed an idea on to us: of a vast network of communication in which people of different origins and different religious creeds, political opinion and social origins are connected. The Varnhagen Society was founded 1998, when the Städtisches Abendgymnasium Hagen was named Rahel Varnhagen College. The society is dedicated to continuing this network, to initiate a discourse of tolerance and education, and to commemorate the initiators of the Varnhagen Collection as well as all those who contributed to it. Rahel’s legacy includes an extensive correspondence. As requested in her will, her husband collected and began to publish her letters. Their niece Ludmilla Assing (1821–1880) bequested the Varnhagen Collection – which by that time had grown to contain a number of manuscripts, paintings, pictures, books, and various letters (correspondence between about nine thousand people) to the Königliche Bibliothek in Berlin (today the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz).


The Varnhagen Society’s aims and activities
The Varnhagen Society intends to initiate dialogue between readers of this collection. A part of the Varnhagen Collection is still kept in the Berlin library. Many manuscripts were discovered in the Jagiellonian Library in Kraków. The Varnhagen Society has asked for assistance of these libraries in granting Ludmilla Assing’s request and make all parts of the Collection accessible to the public. Both libraries are institutional members of the Varnhagen Society. A 1000-page inventory with the names and biographical data of the letter writers and recipients, prepared by Ludwig Stern (Berlin, 1911), is distributed among our members for a nominal fee. At our meetings, discussions of these topics are accompanied by lectures and artistic performances. The exhibition we curated about the Collection’s history was opened in 2005 and has toured since then to university libraries, public colleges and galleries in Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin, Vienna, Offenbach am Main, Marburg, Siegen, and Mannheim.

The Varnhagen Society publishes a newsletter (subscription to the e-mail-version is free) and an almanac of which two volumes are in print: Wenn die Geschichte um eine Ecke geht (Berlin, 2000), Makkaroni und Geistesspeise (Berlin, 2002). Further publications followed with the exhibition catalogue Lebensbilder, die Zukunft zu bevölkern – Von Rahel Levins Salon zur ‘Sammlung Varnhagen’ (Cologne, 2006) and Paris, 1810 (Cologne, 2013), a journal-like newsletter Karl August Varnhagen wrote to a number of friends about his journey to and audience at Napoleon’s court, including nine letters by Henriette Mendelssohn. The archive of the Varnhagen Society includes the works of Rahel and Karl August Varnhagen, Ludmilla Assing and others, scientific literature, a vast collection of paper clippings from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century and some unpublished material. It is accessible to members of the Varnhagen Society and to students.

Contact details and website
Varnhagen Gesellschaft e.V.
Hausweilerstrasse 250968 Cologne/Köln
fon/fax ++49 (0) 221 16 81 27 18

CA: ‘Wie immer Ihr Th. F.’, Potsdam (Germany), 17-19 September 2014

Conference: ‘Wie immer Ihr Th. F.’ Theodor Fontanes Briefe im Kontext
Date: 17.09.2014 – 19.09.2014
Organized by: the Theodor-Fontane-Archive & the Theodor Fontane Society in cooperation with the Institut für Germanistik at Potsdam University
Venue: Potsdam University, Campus Griebnitzsee, Haus 6
Basic conference fee: € 60 (free for students)

Information on additional fees (for the conference dinner, participation in an excursion, attendance at a reading/concert etc.) and the programme can be found here.

If you have any questions about the conference or would like to register please contact:

Rainer Falk
Villa Quandt
Große Weinmeisterstr. 46/47
14469 Potsdam

Updates regarding the programme will be publicised via the organizers’ websites http://www.fontanearchiv.de & http://www.fontane-gesellschaft.de .

Emma Harper (BMPA): A presentation on postal reforms in 19th-century Britain

An example of a curious address with a rhyme: ‘Now Postman take this letter and don’t get peeking in / It’s for Mr Stafford the Boss of Hatherley Inn / It’s near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire and he always has for sale/ Ginger pop and Lolliepops and some Jolly good old ale’

At the symposium What is a Letter? An interdisciplinary approach, Emma Harper, Curator at the British Postal Museum and Archive (London), gave a paper entitled ‘From cross-written letters to human ones: how postal reforms changed the letter’. Ms Harper has kindly agreed that we make her presentation available online.

It contains a range of images relating to letter-writing culture in nineteenth-century Britain, including a photo of a Penny Black (the world’s first postage stamp), of a pillar box from 1852/53, and of an envelope folding machine.

The letters shown in the presentation and more will be available to explore at the Museum’s new archive in 2016 (see www.postalmuseum.org for more information).