2022 is a particularly eventful year for the Gotha Research Library. We are celebrating the 375th anniversary of our founding. Under the motto "Bücher bewegen", a series of events await you on site and online.
The exhibition traces the eventful history of the Gotha Research Library, the origin of the books and the writing and thought movements of its readers. It tells the story(s) of Gotha's book and library history from the library's foundation in 1647 to the 21st century. It displays treasures and curiosities, presents everyday library life and takes a close look at the upheavals in library history from the second half of the 20th century.
Information on the exhibition and the extensive accompanying programme can be found on our special exhibition page.
Conferences, Workshops and Summer School
Our research and work areas are as diverse as our collections. Our scientific events in 2022 will provide an insight.
Wednesday, 25 May to Friday, 27 May 2022 International conference "A Philosophy of its Own?" Socinianism and Philosophy in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Seminar room, Pagenhaus, Friedenstein Castle Conception and direction: Dr. Sascha Salatowsky, Dr. Falk Wunderlich (Halle/Saale)
Socinianism can be described as theological enlightenment avant la lettre. But does this also apply to its philosophy? The international conference explores the characteristics of this philosophy as well as its reception and its underground after-effects in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Wednesday, 23 November to Friday, 25 November 2022 Conference Emil/Emilie: Duke August of Saxe-Gotha - Man of Letters, Art Connoisseur and Transgender Provocateur Lecture hall in the Landschaftshaus, Schlossberg 2 Concept and direction: Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow (Gotha Research Centre)
Duke August of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1772-1822) was an unusual prince. The conference will focus on the fluidity of his gender identity, his peculiarities of taste and his unpublished literary activities in a comprehensive reassessment. It will draw, among other things, on the Duke's estate preserved in the Gotha Research Library.
Thursday, 28 April 2022, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Network meeting Detours, Ways Out, Dead Ends? Career Paths of Scholars around 1700 Lecture hall in the Landschaftshaus, Schlossberg 2 Organisation: Jacob Schilling
As part of the project funded by the German Research Foundation to make accessible the life testimonies of the scholar and statesman Veit Ludwig von Seckendorff (1626-1692), scholars will discuss ongoing research and exchange views on knowledge-economic and praxeological approaches to the analysis of the history of knowledge in the early modern period.
Monday, 12 September to Tuesday, 13 September 2022 Workshop The Book Cover as a Medium of the Renaissance and Reformation. New Approaches to the Study of Pictorial Cover Design Herzog-Ernst Cabinet, Friedenstein Castle Concept and direction: Dr. Daniel Gehrt
The workshop will focus on pictorial binding design in the 16th and early 17th centuries. In an exchange with scholars from various disciplines, it will explore the potential of this field of research and look for new approaches. It is part of the library's activities focusing on the history of Protestantism.
Thursday, 29 September to Friday, 30 September 2022 Interdisciplinary workshop The Recipient is in the Work - Experience of Difference and Reference to the Addressee in Representations of Travel in the 15th-18th Centuries Duke Ernst Cabinet, Friedenstein Castle Conception and direction: PD Dr. Susanne Friedrich (Erfurt/Munich), PD Dr. Monika Müller
Pilgrimages, educational journeys, expeditions, missions or trade: travelers made experiences of difference which they recorded, for example, in texts, pictures and maps. The interdisciplinary workshop will look at these works from a media and cultural-historical perspective and will draw on the large collection of travel literature at the Gotha Research Library.
Digital Knowledge and Collection Visualisation. New Approaches and Perspectives for Digital Collections
Friday, 11 November 2022 Hall of Mirrors, Friedenstein Castle Concept and direction: Dr. Hendrikje Carius
The workshop examines current methods, approaches and tools for strategically preparing digital collections for presentation in digital space, exploring them in different usage scenarios, researching them or experimenting with them creatively.
Monday, 18 July to Friday, 22 July 2022 Concept and direction: Prof. Dr. Albrecht Fuess (Philipps University Marburg), Dr. Feras Krimsti Hall of Mirrors, Friedenstein Castle
As part of the international project "Cultural Heritage in Cyberspace", young scholars will meet at the Gotha Research Library for the Summer School to exchange views on the library's valuable oriental manuscripts and to discuss projects in virtual space.
In our online series Gotha Library Talks and Gotha Manuscript Talks we would like to enter into conversation with you.
Participation in the respective events is possible without registration.
Gotha Library Talks
Wednesday, 6 July 2022, 6.15 p.m. The Gotha Beekeeper Carl Wilhelm Kalb and his Bee Library Online event Concept and direction: Dr. Dietrich Hakelberg
The library of the Gotha court official Carl Wilhelm Kalb, preserved in the research library, was a bubbling source of old and new bee knowledge. The event will present the latest results of a digital project on this hitherto unknown library. It explores the importance of Gotha and its surroundings for innovative beekeeping and bee research. In the successful series "Gotha Library Talks" we inform you about the latest projects of the library.
Concept and direction: Dr. Feras Krimsti in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Konrad Hirschler (University of Hamburg)
In 2022, the Gotha Research Library will continue the successful webinar series "Gotha Manuscript Talks" in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Konrad Hirschler (University of Hamburg). Thematic foci are the effects of violence on manuscript cultures and the provenance of manuscripts outside Europe.
Dates in spring 2022:
The events always take place at 6.15 pm.
16 March 2022: Dr. Laura Hinrichsen (Berlin) Looted, Lost, Forgotten: The Libraries of the Hafsids (c. 1250–1574) before the Sack of Tunis in 1535 and After
30 March 2022: Dr. Ali Diakite und Dr. Paul Naylor (Collegeville, Minnesota) From Ségou to SAVAMA: Destruction and Creation of West African Archives 1892-2022
13 April 2022: Dr. Paul Babinski (Kopenhagen) After 1683: The Circulation of Türkenbeute Manuscripts
27 April 2022: Dr. Nur Sobers-Khan (Cambridge, Massachusetts) What is the Delhi Collection and why does it matter? Looting, Restitution and Islamic Manuscripts in 1857 Delhi