ANK: SPP 2130: ‘Translation Cultures of the Early Modern Period’

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German Research Foundation (DFG) - priority programme 2130: ‘Translation Cultures oft he Early Modern Period (1450–1800)’

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Current political debates on such topics as how to cope with refugees or the conclusion of free trade agreements testify to the relevance of translation for well-functioning social coexistence, communication across linguistic and cultural boundaries, scientific progress, ecological visions of the future and trade relations.

The Priority Programme 2130 funded by the German Research Foundation poses questions about basic conceptions of society, perception patterns and communication forms that became established through translation practices from the fifteenth century onward and still have an impact today. It thus offers a historical frame of reference for current discussions as well as a potential basis for comparison.

The aim of the programme is the interdisciplinary study of the epoch-making significance of concepts and practices of translation as a central and ubiquitous cultural technique of Early Modern times (1450–1800) and, in conjunction with that, a reorientation of the cultural sciences drawing on the current translational turn.

SPP 2130 is led by Prof Dr Regina Toepfer from the Institute of German Studies at the TU Braunschweig in cooperation with Prof Dr Peter Burschel, Director of the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, and Prof Dr Jörg Wesche from the Institute of German Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen. During the first funding phase (2018–2021), seventeen individual projects, will be carried out in the fields of Celtic studies, history, Old and New German studies, Romance studies, Jewish studies, the history of religion, art history and the history of science.

Interested parties are cordially invited to visit the bilingual website for further information on the work of the research cluster. There can also be subscribed to the regularly published SPP2130 newsletter.


Contact adress
Office of SPP 2130
Prof Dr Regina Toepfer (spokesperson)
Annkathrin Koppers, MA (coordinator)