Symposium Reclam

Eine einzigartige Bibliothek der Weltliteratur

The Reclam Universal-Bibliothek (RUB) within the Leipzig Reclam publishing house 1945–1990

25th – 26th of October 2012, Haus des Buches (Gerichtsweg 28, 04103 Leipzig) and Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig (Karl-Tauchnitz-Straße 1, 04107 Leipzig)

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The Department of Book Studies at the Iinstitute of Communication and Media Research, University of Leipzig, in corporation with the Saxon Academy of Arts, the Literaturhaus Leipzig and the Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig supported by the publishing house Philipp Reclam jun. GmbH & Co. KG, Stuttgart

Leipzig and its great publishing houses Breitkopf & Härtel, Brockhaus, Insel and Reclam used to be well known. However after World War II most of the publishing houses left their home regions under the conditions of the Soviet-occupied Saxony and the later GDR. Some of them used to exist from now on in West- and East-Germany, others got disappropiated.

In most cases the written records, nowadays, can only be found in archives, like the one of the publishing house Reclam in Leipzig. Already two years after the closing of the location at Leipzig the owner in Stuttgart arranged the return of the archive for research purposes in October 2008..

Since the reconstruction of its Universal-Bibliothek (“universal library”) in 1963 the original parent house in Leipzig of the traditional family enterprise Reclam/Stuttgart, was valid as one of the most interesting publishing companies in the GDR. Its outstanding reputation is based on very popular and much discussed publications which were excluded by censorship before.

The focus of the symposium lies on the program of the Leipzig Universal-Bibliothek – classical and modern works of the German and international literature, philosophy, art and cultural history. For the first time it is possible to take a archive-supported look at the change of meaning of the universal idea, which was subjected to the Cold War, as well as on the role of managing editors, general managers and lectors in the East-German company after its licensing and in the cultural policy system of the GDR.

The symposium not only focuses on the scope in respect to the censorship, but also on strategies in using it. Furthermore there will be taken a closer look at rich illustrated and beautiful designed book editions, which helped the publishing house to act as a mediator within the cultural exchange between the two Germanys. Within the scope of the pilot scheme „Leipziger Verlagsarchive: Reclam als Erinnerungsspeicher und Labor“ and the program „Geistes- und sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung“ of the free state of Saxony at the Department of Book Studies at the University of Leipzig, the symposium is aimed at the building of regional and nationwide networks between universities and other institutions in human and social sciences.

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