In the first funding phase (2018–2021) it will be necessary to carry out a general stocktaking – that is, an evaluation, comparison and systematisation – of fundamental research in the form of intercultural comparative studies in all areas and individual projects, as the intra- and trans-European as well as global translation movements of the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries were highly dynamic.
The central joint project of the SPP 2130 first funding phase is the planning and realisation of a public exhibition on “Translation Cultures of the Early Modern Period” targeting a broad public. It will be carried out in close cooperation with the Herzog August Bibliothek and consist of five fundamental elements:
1. a special exhibition with material objects, to be presented in the museum space of the Herzog August Bibliothek for four months
2. a virtual, digitally accessible exhibition that will enable the individual projects to publicise the work of the SPP at their work locations
3. a catalogue accompanying the exhibitions, with commentaries on the objects and detailed background information in the form of scientific exposés
4. an innovative educational and
5. a cultural accompanying programme drawing connections between translation methods of the early modern period and the present.
The exhibition “Translation Cultures of the Early Modern Era” will be organised and curated in consultation with Prof Dr Peter Burschel, the director of the Herzog August Bibliothek, Prof Dr Regina Toepfer, the SPP spokeswoman, and Annkathrin Koppers, M.A., the SPP 2130 office coordinator.
The second funding phase (2021–2024) will be devoted to the critical discussion of geographical and time-specific translation criteria and the re-evaluation of today’s conception of the early modern epoch from a transcultural and postcolonial perspective. The German Research Foundation will prospectively announce this funding phase in the autumn of 2020.