Bookmaking has always been accompanied by controversy. And yet, one gets the impression that controversies about bookmaking have intensified in recent years. The tone becomes impatient when it's just the question about who is allowed to translate Gorman's "The Hill We Climb", which character names are allowed to appear in Disney's "Lustiges Taschenbuch" and which forms of address are to be used in the "Börsenblatt" or even which books are to be removed from the programme and shelves, and the tone quickly becomes offensive towards very different groups when it comes to questions about who is allowed to be present at the Frankfurt Book Fair or who is allowed to receive the Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels. This year's Mainz Colloquium, organised by Mainz Book Studies and the Association of the Friends of Book Studies together with the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels and the International Gutenberg Society, will discuss the politics of bookmaking from different perspectives.
Guests at this year's "Mainz Colloquium" of Mainz Book Studies, which takes a practical look at current issues in the book trade, include Karin Schmidt-Friderichs and Dr. Torsten Casimir from the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, Monika Osberghaus from Klett Kinderbuch Verlag, and author Matthias Politycki.
Date: 28 January 2022
Time: 9 am–3 pm
Host: Gutenberg Institute for World Literature and Writing-Oriented Media, Department of Book Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in cooperation with the IGS
Participation: Access link is available after registration by email to sekretariat-buchwissenschaft(at)uni-mainz.de.