Schedule & Program

Wednesday, April 5

All Day


7:30 P.M.

“Enlightenment Publication Networks”, Chandler Lecture  - Beam Classroom, VAC

Matt Erlin. Professor of German, Washington University

Thursday, April 6


Arrivals, breakfast options in Brunswick Inn at Park Row/Brunswick Tavern


Lunch - Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union


Information desk & promotional event - Moulton Union, Lobby

Hosted by Bowdoin College Grants Office and the Student Fellowship Office (on programs of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation and on DAAD programs) Ms. Cara Martin-Tetrault & Ms. Cindy Stocks, in cooperation with prize winner Thomas Baumgarte and fellowship recipients Birgit Tautz and Sabina Hartnett, Bowdoin ‘18


Reading Cultures - Nixon Lounge, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library

  • “An Eighteenth-Century Gentleman’s Library in Digital Spaces,” Crystal Hall

  • “Periodicals, Reading Rooms, Paper Shops: Taking Inventory of the ‘Age of Paper’” Sean Franzel, Associate Professor of German, University of Missouri

  • “Enlightenment Metadata,” Matt Erlin

Digital Humanities Respondent/Moderator: Ann Kibbie, Associate Professor of English, Bowdoin College


Refreshments/Museum Stroll, Tour, Opening Reception - Bowdoin College Museum of Art


“Traveling Artists/Circulating Images: Tracing 18th-century Networks,”  - Bowdoin College Museum of ArtHosted by Joachim Homann, Curator


Opening Reception in collaboration with BMA - Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Hosted by Joachim Homann and Anne and Frank Goodyear, the Co-Directors of BMA


Keynote - Shannon Room, 2nd floor of Hubbard Hall

“The Reinvention of Philology for, and in, a Global Age” Gregory Crane, Humboldt-Professor of Digital Humanities and Classics, U of Leipzig & Tufts U

Moderator/Respondent: Daniel Purdy, Professor of German, Penn State University

Friday, April 7


Arrivals, Coffee and Pastries - Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union


Introductory Remarks - Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union

Birgit Tautz and Crystal Hall, organizers and Jim Higginbotham, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Bowdoin College


Goethe@Network - Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union

  • “Global Goethe: A Digital Project of the Goethe Society of North America”, Burkhard Henke, Professor of German, Davidson College and Daniel Purdy

Moderator: Jens Klenner, Assistant Professor of German, Bowdoin College


Networks within Europe - Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union

  • “Mapping the Nation: Foreign Travel in Germany, 1776-1821”, Karin Baumgartner, Associate Professor of Languages and Literatures, University of Utah“

  • "Luftschiff der Phantasie: Johann Christian Reinhart, Friedrich Schiller, and Artistic Networks around 1800”, Joachim Homann

  • “Crime Networks: Circulation and Adaptation of Law Cases in Europe”, Alexander Košenina, Professor of German, University of Hanover, Germany

Digital Humanities Respondent/Moderator: Crystal Hall


Localizing Networks I: Collecting and Creating Museums - Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union

  • “Cultivating Contacts: Collectors, Critics and the Public in Eighteenth-Century Germanophone Europe,” Renata Schellenberg, Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Mount Alison University, Sackville

  • “A Brilliant Place: German Responses to the Museé Napoléon,” Alice Goff, Post-doctoral Scholar, History, U of Michigan

Digital Humanities Respondent/Moderator: Pamela Fletcher, Professor of Art History and Digital Humanities, Bowdoin College


Coffee Break


Global Europe and the Transatlantic Experience - Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union

  • “Eurocentrism: A Hurdle in the Appreciation of America and How Humboldt Overcame It,” Elizabeth Millan, Professor of Philosophy, DePaul University

  • “Risk and Fiction: Reading Transatlantic Networks,” Karin Höpker, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen, Germany

  • “Conditional Beauty: Harriet Cany Peale’s Her Mistress’s Clothes,” Dana Byrd, Assistant Professor of Art History, Bowdoin College

Digital Humanities Respondent/Moderator: Jack Gieseking, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Trinity College [alternate: Birgit Tautz]


Dinner - Main Lounge, Moulton Union

Saturday, April 8


Intellectual Networks: Salons and Inner Circles - Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union

  • “Salon Networks Before and After the French Revolution,” Melanie Conroy, Assistant Professor of French, University of Memphis

  • “Plapperman’s Lehrjahre: Traveling Salon Performers and Social Networking around 1800,” Mary Helen Dupree, Associate Professor of German Georgetown University

  • “A Call for a Concert of Eavesdroppers: Challenges and Opportunities in Reading Beethoven’s Conversation Notebooks,” Peter Höyng, Associate Professor of German, Emory University

  • "Sara Levy, C.P.E. Bach, and the Fortepiano” Mary Oleskiewicz, Associate Professor of Music, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Digital Humanities Respondent/Moderator: Karin Baumgartner


Establishing Networks - Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union

  •  “First Letters” Nacim Ghanbari, Junior-Professorin/Assistant Professor of German Literature and Culture/Historical Semantics, University of Siegen, Germany

Digital Humanities Respondent/Moderator: Birgit Tautz


Lunch  - Main Lounge, Moulton Union


Digitized Social Networks: Hands-On Workshop - 304 Visual Arts Center

  • “#Goethe and Gephi Software,” Crystal Hall


The Future of Networks@1800 - 304 Visual Arts Center

  • Concluding Discussion, Wrap-up, and Next Steps, Birgit Tautz