International conference of the DFG research unit „Journalliteratur“
17.-19. September 2018, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany)
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The aim of the international conference Lektüreabbruch – Anschlußlektüren: Journale lesen (Interrupted Reading – Follow-on Readings: Reading Journals) is to examine journals of the 19th and early 20th century, taking the concrete materiality of the journal’s form of publication, and its potential to govern reception, as a methodological starting point. The specific temporality and materiality of journal literature governs processes of generation and superimposition of meaning, and both the conditions and the consequences of these processes will be explored. Areas of enquiry will therefore include materially offered reading paths and directions of reading, forms of reflection on journal mediality, and journal-specific logics of format and practices of reception. Case studies are welcome, as are historical and international comparisons, or work in the area of comparative media studies.