International Summer School 2018
A (New) Republic of Letters: Intellectual Communities, Global Knowledge Transfer
International Summer School, Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel Research Association
29 July - 9 August 2018
German Literature Archive Marbach
Each Republic of Letters is based on words. They are, according to Anthony Grafton, 'worlds made by words' (2009). The booming research into global literatures allows us to see these worlds from a new perspective: What aesthetic, political, and social conditions are they based on? What rules does their communication follow and how is their media infrastructure built? What transformations have these worlds undergone throughout history and where are their archives? What terminology and methods are appropriate to describe the present literary and intellectual landscape on a transnational scale?
The international Summer School, hosted by the German Literature Archive Marbach, which makes numerous documents reflecting literary and scholarly collaboration available for research, becomes a vehicle for international exchange itself: Within the framework of the International Summer School, twenty doctorate students from around the world will have the opportunity to discuss the phenomenon of the Republic of Letters, its historical and theoretical manifestations, and the terminological challenges it poses.