Call for Papers: Reading Miscellanies/Miscellaneous Reading

Reading Miscellanies/Miscellaneous Reading: Interrelations between Medial Formats, Novel Structures, and Reading Practices in the Nineteenth century

International Conference of the DFG research unit “Journalliteratur“, 29.-31. August 2019, University of Cologne (Germany)

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The conference “Reading Miscellanies/Miscellaneous Reading” is dedicated to reading practices of miscellaneous media formats and novel structures as well as to their theoretical reflection during the ‘long’ nineteenth century. Our initial observation is that the success of miscellaneous media formats such as journals (i.e., the spectrum of periodical print publications from newspapers to pocketbooks, gift books, or annuals) and anthologies has significantly changed historical reading practices. In reconstructing these changes, the conference is interested in the transformation of “expected expectations” (Siegfried J. Schmidt) that also affect novel structures within as well as outside these media formats and thus contribute to the development of the modern novel.


Lectures designed for a length of 30 minutes are invited to the conference. Conference languages are generally English and German, but lectures in French are also welcome. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the organizing research group. To apply, we ask for corresponding abstracts (maximum 500 words) and a short curriculum vitae (maximum 150 words), which should be sent to by 15.01.2019.

The conference is organized by subproject 1 “Miscellaneous Poetics. On the Coevolution of the Periodical Press and the Modern Novel” (Daniela Gretz, Marcus Krause and Nicolas Pethes).

Please contact Natascha Pohlmann and Nicolas Potysch if you have any questions.

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