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Thomas Kunst "Kolonien und Manschettenknöpfe" // Reading, with music // German National Library in Leipzig // Tuesday, 7 December 2017, 19:00

Porträt Thomas Kunst

The new poems by Thomas Kunst are far removed from the subjects of wanderlust and yearning for love. On the surface regional, they are actually international through and through: Arab riders muster in a local DIY store. The 732 AD Battle of Tours and Poitiers rages between car ports and garden furniture cushions.

"His volume is nothing short of phenomenal. 'Kolonien und Manschettenknöpfe' is ripe for an award." (Jonis Hartmann, Fixpoetry)

Thomas Kunst, born in 1965 in Stralsund, now lives in Leipzig. He has received numerous awards for his prose and poetry, including the 2014 Merano Poetry Prize. "Kolonien und Manschettenknöpfe" is his first book to be published by Suhrkamp. (Photo: Franziska Reck)

The reading will be accompanied by music from Jörn Hühnerbein.

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Call for Papers // Annual meeting of Gesellschaft für Exilforschung // Theme: Exile archives and museums // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // 13 to 15 September 2018

Koffer aus dem Deutschen Exilarchiv 1933–1945

In most cases, exile, flight and migration constitute cross-border changes of location which inevitably involve more than one country. Such migrations leave their mark not only on the people who leave, but also the inanimate witnesses that accompany them, that are created, picked up, lost or left behind during the exile journey. As institutions which collect, preserve and exhibit such objects, archives and museums have a special significance and responsibility in the context of the history of exile and migration. The heritage of exile is preserved by many different institutions, including the German National Library and its German Exile Archive 1933-1945, which has committed itself to the collection and safeguarding of inanimate witnesses of exile.

The aim of the interdisciplinary conference of the Gesellschaft für Exilforschung (Society for Exile Research) is to present and discuss historical (archive) case studies in the context of overarching cultural science archive theories and recent concepts of digitally networked archives or exile museums and exhibitions.

Abstracts for the conference can be submitted until 31 January 2018.
Information for submissions (available only in German)

Universal. Reclams Jahrhundertidee – Leipzig 1867 bis 1990 // Temporary exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing // German National Library in Leipzig // 27 October 2017 to 3 June 2018

Reclam braucht keine Reklame

Launched in 1867 in Leipzig, the Reclam Universal-Bibliothek (RUB) is at the heart of what the Reclam publishing house stands for and its modern idea of offering "literature for all". Low prices in combination with large print runs resulted in very wide distribution for the works. The German Museum of Books and Writing is devoting an exhibition to the 150th anniversary of the founding of the company by Anton Philipp Reclam.

Starting with the "Classic year" of 1867, selected exhibits from the Leipzig production premises – mostly items from the collection of Dr. habil. Hans-Jochen Marquardt, Halle (Saale) – highlight aspects of book design, technical production and marketing techniques, but also the topics of serviceman libraries or RUB in the German Democratic Republic.

Free admission
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 – 18:00, Thursday 10:00 – 20:00, national holidays 10:00 - 18:00
The exhibition will run from 27 October 2017 until 3 June 2018.

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