The multiple lives of library objects. On the interdependencies between cultural heritage, scientific research and popular presentation
Modern libraries and archives are much more than storages for books, manuscripts, photographs, maps or scores. The speech addresses the relations between the need for professional preservation, the demands for scientific documentation and editing, and the public expectation of presenting cultural objects in Museums or virtual environments. Based on experiences with a newly established large literature museum in Vienna, mainly based on collections hold by the Austrian National library, the speech wants to demonstrate different ways of giving life to objects. Besides flourishing Museums, the realm of “Digital humanities” gives several opportunities of combining library catalogues with the outcome of editorial work or the attraction of virtual exhibitions.
Bernhard Fetz is director of the Literary Archives, the Literature Museum, the Department of Planned Languages and the Esperanto Museum of the Austrian National Library. He is lecturer at the department of German Studies at the University of Vienna and has played a leading role in collaborative work on major research projects, for example with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the history and theory of biography; he was the first Hermann Broch Fellow at the Beinecke Library / Yale University in 1998. Bernhard Fetz is a literary critic for the Austrian radio, Die Presse, and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. He is Co-editor of the 13-volume edition of the works of Albert Drach and of the series of books Profile. Actually he is involved in several projects on digital editions. Bernhard Fetz has published extensively on twentieth-century literary and cultural history. Recent contributions include the following: Das unmögliche Ganze: Zur literarischen Kritik der Kultur (Munich, 2009); Die Biographie – Zur Grundlegung ihrer Theorie (ed., Berlin, 2009); Die Ernst Jandl Show (ed., with Hannes Schweiger, Salzburg, 2010); Theorie der Biographie. Grundlagentexte und Kommentar (ed., with Wilhelm Hemecker, Berlin, 2011), Das Literaturmuseum. 101 Objekte und Geschichten (ed., Salzburg and Vienna 2015), Franz Grillparzer. Ein Klassiker für die Gegenwart (ed., with Michael Hansel and Hannes Schweiger, Wien 2016).