Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel Research Association

The names Marbach, Weimar and Wolfenbüttel stand for three institutions, united by more than 500 years of German and European ideas, literature and culture. The German Literature Archive Marbach , the Klassik Stiftung Weimar and the Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel collect, preserve and provide access to sources that are crucial to the study of German literary and intellectual tradition, and have thereby devoted themselves to the long-term transformations of cultural heritage in Germany. 

At the recommendation of the German Council of Science and Humanities and with funding provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), these institutions formed a consortium in 2013 with the goal of bundling their research activities. The Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel Research Association represents an alliance between three important centres of humanities research which began at various levels as early as 1990. Since 2007, the organisations have jointly published the quarterly journal Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte in cooperation with the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin - Institute for Advanced Study and the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz.
The activities of the Research Association aim to generate more national and international attention for the extraordinary collections at the institutions, thereby increasing the visibility of German humanities research and research infrastructures.

Goals of the Research Association

  • Develop innovative research projects and exhibitions in order to draw more attention to the valuable works at the archives, libraries and museums at the three institutions and thus provide forward-looking impulses for humanities and cultural studies research;
  • Support junior researchers through collection-related research programmes, and so doing, integrate them into the networks of international knowledge transfer;
  • Continue developing current data modelling procedures and long-term storage in the field of digital research infrastructures, and in collaboration with partner institutions, encourage new advances in the digital humanities;
  • Strengthen dialogue between the humanities and cultural studies disciplines, and intensify cooperation with international partner institutions, such as foundations, associations and advocacy groups.

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