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Reposted: Workshop ‘On Letters’, 12-14 April 2018, Hamburg (free of charge)

Date: 12–14 April 2018
Venue:  Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Warburgstraße 26, Hamburg, Germany

Besides administrative documents, letters are among the earliest examples of writing in the history of mankind. At the same time this genre was—and still is—of special persistence within almost all manuscript cultures up to the present day. Belonging primarily to the realm of pragmatic handwriting, letters have become a part of what we nowadays define as literature, and, as objects of religious or aesthetic veneration, of art, too. Under the heading of “Epistolography” letters have been studied as a subfield of History and Literature for a long time. This conference, however, will focus on the material side and its accompanying practices, rather than on content.

To cover relevant phenomena from different cultures and periods the workshop will deal with handwritten documents that are meant for more or less immediate communication. Their formal qualities as a whole strive for accessibility and practicability—even in the case of secret letters—, characterised by the tendency to portability and to limited length. A letter in the narrow sense is, with a very few exceptions, per definitionem unique; even if the manuscript is copied, e.g. as a later reference, its original purpose remains to be bound to the single, unique object spanning the distance of senders and addressees.

The production and use of letters—or other comparable documents meant for communication—is dominated by a loose set of polarities, each set providing a continuum by which a given artefact can be defined: open or closed (secret); private or public; written by one’s own hand (“authentic”) or by a second person; for immediate use (expecting direct response) or mainly for documentary purpose; formal or informal, and others.

The workshop will approach the subject from at least three perspectives:

  1. We will consider circumstances of production, including choices of materials, writing styles, and matters of different formats that are all related to the various forms and levels of sender and addressee and their relation, be they areal individual, institutions or imagined or transcendent counterparts. For this part letters are also typically strongly marked by authoriality, both on the material and the textual level.
  2. We will consider circumstances of use, including the relation of transmission and materiality, especially means of protection and the integrity of devices of authentication (envelopes, seals and the like). Besides activities that involve reading (aloud or silent) the most interesting point concerns strategies of safekeeping and archiving. The personal and fragile character of these physical objects has led at an early stage to a compilation of letters as parts of multiple-text manuscripts (MTM), worth a more detailed investigation.
  3. As a third perspective we would like to discuss phenomena on a more general level, e.g. the role of transmission and adoption of techniques of letter writing between different manuscript cultures, and the development and use of anthologies of formulae, letter writing guides etc., both as material objects by themselves and as instruction guides containing information on material aspects.

Focusing on the relation between material aspects and social practices involving letters the workshop intends to deepen our understanding of the interaction of pragmatic and literate manuscripts from a comparative perspective.

To download the programme and abstracts, to register, and for further information, click here.

URL of original post: https://www.manuscript-cultures.uni-hamburg.de/register_letters2018.html

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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Objects of Value: The Afterlives of Letters

At the symposium ‘What is a letter? An interdisciplinary approach’, Pamela Clemit presented a paper entitled ‘Godwin’s letters: transmissions of value’. This paper is a work in progress; an earlier version of it is available as a podcast (please see the post below).

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godwin_crop Chalk drawing of William Godwin by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1795 © Trustees of the British Museum A podcast featuring Professor Pamela Clemit is now available to download via theOxford Centre for Life-Writing; the podcast was recorded at thecentre’s Lives of Objectsconference, held at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, 20-22 September 2013.As part of a panel on “Archives,”Professor Clemitexplores the material culture of letter-writing in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Her focus is the correspondence of the English Enlightenment philosopher, novelist, and social thinker, William Godwin. She tracks his letters from their origins on his writing desk, to their afterlives in scholarly editions and iPad apps.Professor Clemit’s paper begins around 21:22.

Why do letters survive for centuries after they were written? The energy that created them keeps them alive. Letters constitute gifts of attention, embodied in paper. Before electronics, letters were the only means of interpersonal communication over…

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