Germany, Weimar

Worlds in Archival Records: Exploring Diversity in Writing Systems

when 18 August 2019 - 30 August 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 700

Which are the places where diversity occurs? Pubs, public transportation, streets? Occasionally libraries, maybe. The Archive? – definitely not. So it seems. Archives are supposed to be grey, subdued, uniform. Nevertheless, once you’ve got access to the world of archives, you will encounter incessantly all its plurality in words, sounds, images, shapes.

This course helps to transcend the threshold marking the entrance to the archive and to explore entire worlds of media and cultural techniques specific for archival research mainly in local archives in and around Weimar, regardless of the languages you speak. Institutions where these experiences are going to take place will be: an archive that documents the history of Jazz, an archive of literature, a famous collection of dried plants (herbarium) and an institution providing solutions for digital archiving of writing systems.

In addition to these practical experiences, the seminar aims at a theoretical framing from the perspective of history, aesthetics, philosophy and media theory.

Learning objectives:

• Knowing and using the archive and its routines
• getting acquainted with reading techniques, organizing and handling archival information
• enhancing knowledge with regard to the diversity and interconnectedness of writing systems, languages and cultures
• vital for studies and scientific specialisation in many contexts, including artistic research.

Course leader

Jörg Paulus

Target group

This course is addressed to undergraduate and graduate students (BA/MA) in the philologies, media studies, cultural studies as well as to students from art academies.

Fee info

EUR 700: 2 weeks | 90 hrs

The course fee is 700 EUR.

The course fee includes:

• Orientation & Support
• Programme according to description
• Teaching materials
• Bauhaus Summer School ID card
• Free use of buses in Weimar and local trains in Thuringia
• Certificate
• Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
• Free use of library
• Accompanying programme (except excursions)
• Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar
EUR 500: Students pay 500 EUR.

The course fee includes:

• Orientation & Support
• Programme according to description
• Teaching materials
• Bauhaus Summer School ID card
• Free use of buses in Weimar and local trains in Thuringia
• Certificate
• Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
• Free use of library
• Accompanying programme (except excursions)
• Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar